I don’t normally write about books over here but I’m an avid reader and love finding a good book. When I was asked if I wanted to review Tom Foreman’s new book “My Year of Running Dangerously,” I said yes quickly! You are probably familiar with the name Tom Foreman, and you should be. He’s an Emmy-winning CNN Correspondent and he lives in the metro DC area. The DC connection and the fact that this was a book about a father and a daughter initially drew me in.
What’s it about: My Year of Running Dangerously is Foreman’s journey through four half-marathons, three marathons, and one 55-mile race. What started as an innocent request from his daughter quickly turned into a rekindled passion for long-distance running–for the training, the camaraderie, the defeats, and the victories. Told with honesty and humor, Foreman’s account captures the universal fears of aging and failure alongside the hard-won moments of triumph, tenacity, and going further than you ever thought possible. (via Goodreads).
I loved this book from start to finish. Reading the true story of Tom’s journey with his daughter through marathons and how he was inspired to then begin running ultra marathons, really resonated with me. As a runner who was first inspired to run by her dad, the father daughter bond really got me. Also, it was really fun reading along with Tom as he got into the meat of his marathon training. Not to give anything away, but Tom and his daughter are training separately (she’s in college at Georgia Tech) and talking about their training everyday. The rest of the Foreman family (Tom’s wife and their youngest daughter), support Tom on the home front while displaying a healthy dose of skepticism as his training begins in earnest.
If you love running, you’ll love this heartwarming story that is really all about family. I highly recommend it – even if you are NOT a runner.
AND if you are in the DC area, come meet Tom next week! Details below:
Monday October 12
Talk, Q&A, and booksigning with Tom Foreman
Busboys & Poets, 14th & V
2021 14th Street NW
Politics & Prose will be selling books
What was the last great book you read?