Article: Book Review: I Hate Running and you can too

By Buzz Burrell on Thu, 04/01/2021 - 10:01pm

Brendan Leonard of wrote this book, which was published on March 16, 2021.  On our fun podcast he recommends purchasing it from "The local bookstore you don't want to go out of business."  It's also available on Amazon.

I like this book because it is real. I really dislike posturing, posing, and pie-in-the-sky pontification.  And because I have a very short attention span I really like the numerous illustrations.

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Brendan Leonard is a writer, illustrator, speaker, and a humorist in the best tradition.  A good joke is always partially true, and its instant flash of realization can provide insights that 10,000 words cannot.

And everything in this book is true.  I ran my first ultramarathon distance 54 years ago, am often bored or in disagreement with much running literature, and found "I Hate Running ..." to be all worthy advice.


This is a very, very short book review.  Any more of my words would be pointless; a waste of your time and mine.  Best are a sampling of the illustrations, and a few words from the author:

"This is not a how-to book or a memoir of a very fast person who has stood on podiums at the finish line of races. It will not tell you how to train for a race, how to eat during, before, or after running, or what kind of shoes to buy or clothes to wear, or what kind of stretches to do before or after running.

"I hate running. Frequently actually. Usually three of four times a week.  It's a complicated relationship. Everyone should try running.