Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe

Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe Author Becky Wade
ISBN-10 006241643X
ISBN-13 9780062416438
Year 2016-07-05
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
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From elite marathoner and Olympic hopeful Becky Wade comes the story of her year long exploration of diverse global running communities from England to Ethiopia9 countries 72 host families and over 3 500 miles of runninginvestigating unique cultural approaches to the sport and revealing the secrets to the success of runners all over the world Fresh off a successful collegiate running careerwith multiple NCAA All American honors and two Olympic Trials qualifying marks to her nameBecky Wade was no stranger to international competition But after years spent safely sticking to the training methods she knew Becky was curious about how her counterparts in other countries approached the sport to which shed dedicated over half of her life So in 2012 as a recipient of the Watson Fellowship she packed four pairs of running shoes cleared her schedule for the year and took off on a journey to infiltrate diverse running communities around the world What she encountered far exceeded her expectations and changed her outlook into the sport she loved Over the next twelve monthsvisiting 9 countries with unique and storied running histories logging over 3 500 miles running over trails tracks sidewalks and dirt roadsBecky explored the varied approaches of runners across the globe Whether riding shotgun around the streets of London with Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt climbing for an hour at daybreak to the top of Ethiopias Mount Entoto just to start her daily run or getting lost jogging through the bustling streets of Tokyo Beckys unexpected adventures keen insights and landscape descriptions take the reader into the heartbeat of distance running around the world Upon her return to the United States she incorporated elements of the training styles shed sampled into her own program and her competitive career skyrocketed When she made her marathon debut in 2013 winning the race in a blazing 2 30 she became the third fastest woman marathoner under the age of 25 in U S history qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials and landing a professional sponsorship from Asics From the feel based approach to running that she learned from the Kenyans to the grueling uphill workouts she adopted from the Swiss to the injury recovery methods she learned from the Japanese Becky shares the secrets to success from runners and coaches around the world The story of one athletes fascinating journey Run the World is also a call to change the way we approach the worlds most natural and inclusive sport

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