This was an impulse buy on Amazon Kindle. The thing that triggered me was the banality that you find in online post about running tips. They are never that exhaustive or new to me, but in this book there sure were some. Another thing that swayed me into buying this book was the section about the dogs you might encounter during your runs. However, even though they were quite useful, I found myself being attack and ambushed by two black rottweilers during one of my nightly runs. After a ten-minute fight, I was glad to have survived it with but a few scratches and single bite in my left leg. The book helped me with the right attitude to recover and get back into running soon after. Overall, it made me look forward to travel and explore!
Very inspiring journey with plenty of setbacks along the way. Made it a lot easier to deal with my own injury and to put things in perspective! The duel perspective story telling was also unique, however I really didn’t like the voice of the female author. Not that she can do anything about it, but I remember it being difficult to get used to in the beginning. However, by the end of the book I was not bothered by it so much, so I think she grew on me, just like she grew on one of the other characters out of the book. The book ‘Eat & Run’ was better, but overall an enjoyable read and time well spent.
Enough ideas are contained in this book to further explore the relationship of the human body and its direct environment. Variety is the spice of life and exposing to varying inputs improves the ability of homoeostasis altogether. It makes the case for some radical changes in one’s approach to the cold. Biggest lesson for me was just to trust the capabilities of your own body to deal with whatever you throw at it, we are more resilient than we think.
Not a big fan of Wim Hof, but at least he indicates the direction in which further improvements can be made.
The author clearly went through a difficult time and I felt that I barely could relate, since I don’t have that much anxiety. I do think personally, that some of the symptoms could have been prevented through a better lifestyle, but I also understand that once you find yourself in a situation like that, that there are no real quick fixes and you need a lot of time and patience that get back up and running. What I did love, was the strong conviction and refound motivation to have a purpose in his life, making him no longer afraid of the future, but to be excited for it!
After finishing the book on the synergies of mediation and running (Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind), I decided to follow up with the synergies of meditation and eating. The strengths of this book are the ways in which to be focussing on expressing the gratitude of your everyday meal. At times, my mind can be absorbed by thoughts on food and I have a hard time thinking of anything else. This doesn’t only happen when I am hungry, because then it would make sense, but it is like there are parasites in my brain that can only think of food. This book has helped in getting a better attitude and relationship with my food, but I find the content to be a bit short and dry. Perhaps because everything is brought down to the essentials, but I would have appreciated some more examples or applications. Overall, one that might be helpful to relisten, if I ever find I lose touch with my eating habits.
This book was in my Audible queue for a long time and I can’t remember for the life of me how I got in contact with it. Boy, was I glad I did and I am very grateful to my former self. This was a great book that let me appreciate literature and writing in general. Like an enthusiastic teacher with a passion for the written word, that is rather infective and makes you excited yourself. It did give me insight in the various ways to improve my rhymes and learn about the beauty of language instead of just its effectiveness. However, I found that due to the sheer volume of topics discussed that they are not well remembered, so it would be helpful to read a summary again. Or to write one myself and keep only the things I found useful myself.
The way the author linked two sequential topics was very tactfully done and often quite humorous. Recommended book.
Appreciated the similarities between playing discgolf and being in the here and now; to focus only on the shot you are about to make. I do think you would have to be a more than average disc golf player to get the most out of this book and I am not sure if I meet those requirements. It was an enjoyable read, especially while playing a solo round of discgolf and trying to apply the lessons as soon as I heard them. I think this is true for many applied-type of books, ones that involve ‘mindless’ tasks, like running and cooking. I mean, I can’t wait to read the Kitchen confidential while making some nice stews.
I found this to be a very inspirational book and I had a desire to share it with others. I looked up the author, which is a buddhist leader, which all have the formal title ‘Rinpoche’. This word to me sounds quite jolly to me and do like it. However, the author is currently under investigation for some #metoo claims. I do think being in a position like his, that chances are high for them to be true, but who knows. It left a real sour taste and I immediately lost the desire to share the book. However, the concept of the four stages, the tiger, lion, garuda (armed-bird) and dragon, were really intriguing. This entices me to read another book about the Buddhistic teachings and see what I resonate with.
I must say that this is a very unique book and I wish that I read it when I was the age of the main character, turning fifteen. It introduces you to so many cool concepts and new perspective that I think a lot of children that have a curious nature would benefit from. I am not sure as to mark it recommended reading for every high school student, but I think it makes for a great book to discuss. Overall great book with lots of metaphors, making philosophy easier to grasp and overall a nice story with lots of meta-awareness!
The secret is that there is no secret, just a myriad of helpful cultural and environmental factors of which not a single one is the driving force. Definitely, this book has helped me put the recent breaking of the two hour marathon limit in a certain perspective. Mr. Kipchoge is definitely a product of his surroundings and culture, as we all are. However, now it is clear what drove him to make these claims and put everything on the line to make it so. Most of all it was a great travel story and it enthusiasts me to head down south there once myself.