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The Long Run kindle Ü eBook Free ò Catriona Menzies-Pike ✓ ➺ [Download] ➶ The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion By Catriona Menzies-Pike ➻ – Danpashley.co.uk An unlikely marathoner finds her way through grief and into the untold history of women and runningThirty yeAn unlikely marathoner finds her way through grief and into the untold history of women and runningThirty year old Catriona Menzies Pike defined herself in many ways voracious reader pub crawler feminist backpacker and since her parents' deaths a decade earlier orphan Runner was nowhere near the list Yet when she began training for a half marathon on a whim she found herself an instant convert Soon she realized that running a pace suited to the precarious labor of memory was helping her to grieve the loss of her parents in ways that she had been for ten messy years running away from As Catriona excavates her own past she also grows curious about other women drawn to running What she finds is a history of repression and denialrunning was thought to endanger childbearing and as late as 1967 the organizer of the Boston Marathon tried to drag a woman off the course telling her to get the hell out of my racebut also of incredible courage and achievement As she brings to life the stories of pioneering athletes and analyzes the figure of the woman runner in pop culture literature and myth she comes to the heart of why she's running and why any of us do I was looking forward to this book because I love to read books about running especially memoirs And this author is articulate and educated and has a definite feminist point of view She included a lot of running history I hadn't heard before as well as some I did know and I really enjoyed reading about the different historical perceptions of women as runners She is from Australia so I enjoyed hearing a less US centric point of view

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An unlikely marathoner finds her way through grief and into the untold history of women and runningThirty year old Catriona Menzies Pike defined herself in many ways voracious reader pub crawler feminist backpacker and since her parents' deaths a decade earlier orphan Runner was nowhere near the list Yet when she began training for a half marathon on a whim she found herself an instant convert Soon she realized that running a pace suited to the precarious labor of memory was helping her to grieve the loss of her parents in ways that she had been for ten messy years running away from As Catriona excavates her own past she also grows curious about other women drawn to running What she finds is a history of repression and denialrunning was thought to endanger childbearing and as late as 1967 the organizer of the Boston Marathon tried to drag a woman off the course telling her to get the hell out of my racebut also of incredible courage and achievement As she brings to life the stories of pioneering athletes and analyzes the figure of the woman runner in pop culture literature and myth she comes to the heart of why she's running and why any of us do This is a very interesting addition to the ever burgeoning canon of running literature The Australian author lost her parents to a plane crash when she was only 20 and spent the next decade combatting grief in various ways some of which were self destructive However taking up running at the age of 30 led her on a path of both recovery and self discoveryThe 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 menI 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 years to realise that running could provide some kind of solution to the problems that had begun to threaten my mental and physical wellbeingHowever 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 leastNovelist and marathon runner Joyce Carol Oates is uoted 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 exhilarating nourishing to the imagination I can’t think what it might be”

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The Long Run A Memoir of Loss and Life in MotionAn unlikely marathoner finds her way through grief and into the untold history of women and runningThirty year old Catriona Menzies Pike defined herself in many ways voracious reader pub crawler feminist backpacker and since her parents' deaths a decade earlier orphan Runner was nowhere near the list Yet when she began training for a half marathon on a whim she found herself an instant convert Soon she realized that running a pace suited to the precarious labor of memory was helping her to grieve the loss of her parents in ways that she had been for ten messy years running away from As Catriona excavates her own past she also grows curious about other women drawn to running What she finds is a history of repression and denialrunning was thought to endanger childbearing and as late as 1967 the organizer of the Boston Marathon tried to drag a woman off the course telling her to get the hell out of my racebut also of incredible courage and achievement As she brings to life the stories of pioneering athletes and analyzes the figure of the woman runner in pop culture literature and myth she comes to the heart of why she's running and why any of us do This book is an interesting take on the classic running novel and I loved it Her reasons for running really resonated with me A great combination of history political commentary and personal anecdote