Review: The Run­ner’s Guide to Trav­el: 101 Tips for Run­ning While You Trav­el the World

The Runner's Guide to Travel: 101 Tips for Running While You Travel the World
The Run­ner’s Guide to Trav­el: 101 Tips for Run­ning While You Trav­el the World by Andrew Turn­er
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

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!

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Review: North: Find­ing My Way While Run­ning the Appalachi­an Trail

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail
North: Find­ing My Way While Run­ning the Appalachi­an Trail by Scott Jurek
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

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. 

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Review: What Does­n’t Kill Us: How Freez­ing Water, Extreme Alti­tude and Envi­ron­men­tal Con­di­tion­ing Will Renew Our Lost Evo­lu­tion­ary Strength

What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength
What Does­n’t Kill Us: How Freez­ing Water, Extreme Alti­tude and Envi­ron­men­tal Con­di­tion­ing Will Renew Our Lost Evo­lu­tion­ary Strength by Scott Car­ney
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

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.

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Review: Rea­sons to Stay Alive

Reasons to Stay Alive
Rea­sons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

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!

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Review: How to Eat

How to Eat
How to Eat by Thich Nhat Hanh
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

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.

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Review: The Ele­ments of Elo­quence: How to Turn the Per­fect Eng­lish Phrase

The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
The Ele­ments of Elo­quence: How to Turn the Per­fect Eng­lish Phrase by Mark Forsyth
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

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.

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Review: Zen and the Art of Disc Golf

Zen and the Art of Disc Golf
Zen and the Art of Disc Golf by Patrick McCormick
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

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.

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Review: Run­ning with the Mind of Med­i­ta­tion: Lessons for Train­ing Body and Mind

Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
Run­ning with the Mind of Med­i­ta­tion: Lessons for Train­ing Body and Mind by Saky­ong Mipham
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

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.

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Review: Sophie’s World

Sophie's World
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

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!

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Review: Run­ning with the Kenyans: Pas­sion, Adven­ture, and the Secrets of the Fastest Peo­ple on Earth

Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth
Run­ning with the Kenyans: Pas­sion, Adven­ture, and the Secrets of the Fastest Peo­ple on Earth by Adha­ranand Finn
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

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. 

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