Many of us, mainly in our youth, have been saddled with the notion that running is punishment.
In addition, some who take up running for fitness treat it as a self-inflicted penance – guilt mounting for every missed day, for not hitting an overly ambitious pace, for not measuring up to a PR.
This is all so very, very wrong.
Running is hard work, yes. But it should also be fun and exhilarating. At its best, it recaptures the joy we experienced before running was recast as punishment or penance, when we would sprint out of the shadows in a darkened cul-de-sac to kick a can, chase someone on the playground, or race our dog along the beach.
While that joy can be easy to find (remember finishing your first 5k?), it can be monumentally difficult to sustain.
The intent of Running is Flying – a collection of over 60 aphorisms, thoughts and meditations on the running life by Russian Life publisher Paul Richardson – is to provide encouragement, levity, and perspective to a sport that has a tendency to take itself a bit too seriously.
Wonderfully illustrated by British artist Paul Cox, Running is Flying makes a great gift for the runner in your life, even if that runner happens to be yourself.
Now, through a special arrangement with the book's publisher, Rodale Press, you can buy this book at the special price through Russian Life, and author Paul Richardson will customize an inscription for you!
Posted by Bob on 3rd Jan 2016
I bought this as a birthday gift for my son. I took a quick peak and I'm very pleased with the contents and the format. A small book with a lot of inspiration for the runner.
Posted by Valerie T. on 13th Apr 2015
Bought this as a gift for my Running Daughter, but glanced through it before handing it off. Just the title piece is worth the price of the book. Which of us doesn't at least have a child's memory of running, knowing full well that we would achieve flight if we could just go a bit faster? Hope Running Daughter enjoys this; I'll borrow it from her later on.