The Long Run Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
No one ever expected Catriona Menzies-Pike to run a marathon. She hated running and was a hopeless athlete. But a decade after her parents died suddenly, she started running and found that her grief started to move, too.
Until very recently it was frowned upon for women to run long distances. Running was deemed unladylike - and probably dangerous. How did this sport go from being suspect to wildly popular? This fascinating book combines memoir and cultural history to explore this rich and contradictory topic.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 43 minutes|
|Narrator||Zehra Jane Naqvi|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||06 December 2016|
|Publisher||Wavesound from W. F. Howes Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank||
25,997 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
25 in Women History
39 in Running & Jogging (Audible Books & Originals)
158 in Running & Jogging (Books)
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The book also intriguingly explores the history of women’s running and attitudes to it. One chapter recounts the Greek legend of Atalanta who only agreed to marry a suitor if he could beat her in a footrace. Sadly it doesn’t seem to be recorded what distance this race was. The only way her eventual husband could beat her though was to resort to some frankly underhand tactics to distract her but in that probably lies the fact that these mythological stories were promulgated by men.
I now wish I had started my running during my year in Australia after reading descriptions of some of her races and routes but it took me a few more years to realise that running could provide some kind of solution to the problems that had begun to threaten my mental and physical wellbeing.
However in a similar way to the author of this book, after suffering a significant bereavement myself a few weeks ago and in the months leading up to it, running for me became less and less about entering races and PB’s and instead it became a complex narrative of running for the sheer selfish joy of feeling alive and to work off guilt, rage and grief as if physical exertion could assuage those feelings for the duration of the run at least.
Novelist and marathon runner Joyce Carol Oates is quoted in the book and it’s one I fully endorse plus I don’t think you need to be a writer for it to be applicable - “If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think what it might be.”