Not the kind of book that I usually read, however a number of my running friends had read 26 Miles to the Moon by Andrew Males and they had all given it a good account. Word of mouth always goes a long way in my mind, so I picked up a copy and began reading.
It took me about a week to read this book, which is usually a good indication on how much I am enjoying the story. Such was my enjoyment that I even read a few chapters whilst sat on the bike in the gym. Thankfully the gym was empty otherwise I may have received some pretty disapproving looks!
The book quickly develops and you soon start to build up an attachment to the lead character, Jon Dunn, especially when he is being lead astray by the mischievous Summer! Before you realise it the story has developed and moved to New York, where marathon training begins. I suppose this is where I find myself being a little disappointed. As a runner I was rather hoping the story would go into more detail with the mental and physical side of preparations that a marathon would incur. Instead more emphasis was placed on developing the relationship between Jon and Summer.
Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed reading this story, it is a page turner and the fact I read this whilst on an exercise bike is testament to this. It has a certain amount of adventure, some cracking humour that actually made me laugh out aloud, a villainous ice maiden, a visionary risk taker and of course your Mr average who could easily be you or I.
This is certainly a feel good book, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The author not only knows about the highs and unbelievable lows or running a marathon, he also knows in detail the route of the New York marathon. Something that can only be achieved if you have been there, bled, hobbled, cried, doubted yourself, persevered, celebrated, worn the T-shirt and praised the medal!
Is this a runners book? I would say not quite. It certainly has running in it and the author obviously knows about running marathons. Does that actually make a difference? Not at all. This is a great read by this first time author.
I now find myself quietly anticipating his next book.