Ian Mortimer


Why Running Matters
Lessons in Life, Pain and Exhilaration - from 5K to the Marathon

'A very, very, very, VERY good book' - Vassos Alexander, author of Don't Stop Me Now - 26.2 Tales of a Runner's Obsession

You might run for fitness. You might run for speed. But ultimately, running is about much more than the physical act itself. It is about the challenges we face in life, and how we measure up to them. It is about companionship, endurance, ambition, hope, conviction, determination, self-respect and inspiration. It is about how we choose to live our lives, and what it means to share our values with other people.

In this year-long memoir, which might be described as a historian's take on Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Ian considers the meaning of running as he approaches his fiftieth birthday. From injuries and frustrated ambitions to exhilaration and empathy, it is a personal and yet universal account of what running means to people, and how it helps everyone focus on what really matters.

If you want a free, signed copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review on amazon, Ian will give out three to the first people who ask him at each of the following runs:

Alternatively, if you just want your copy signed, come along to one of those events and ask. Ian will be wearing a running vest that has the cover on the chest. And he will have a pen handy!

Interview on Free Weekly Timed with Vassos Alexander