YAY for Wednesday! I know it feels like I was just on vacation, but I have one more full day (Thursday) standing between me and a trip back to Wisconsin for a week up in the Northwoods. I am super excited that we are bringing our annual cabin tradition back to life! And also that I will have a pretty stellar Pokemon Go fan (my nephew) to teach me how it’s done and to go Pokemon hunting with! Should be a really fun week.
Speaking of vacation, I have a super fun book to review today —> Run the World by Becky Wade. In her first marathon, Becky not only WON but ran a 2:30 and became the third fastest American woman under the age of 25 to run that fast in U.S. history. So when I heard she had a book, I knew that I had to check it out!
Run the World follows Becky’s life as she runs through 22 countries to explore long-distance running in different countries around the world as part of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Throughout the book, she travels to various cultures and stays with complete strangers but creates a bond with each over running.
She uncovers what makes Ethiopian runners so fast; how Japanese runners stick to such a strict regimen and why Sweden and Finland have such a deep history in elite running.
In the first chapter of this book, I knew it was everything that I wished “What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding” was — the travel book that spoke my language.
Becky has a great writing style and she had some amazing experiences around the world — traveling to countries like Ethiopia, Japan and Finland. I learned SO much about running history and cultures in this book, and it wasn’t in a way where I felt like I was being lectured to.
And, my to-travel list grew significantly.
One of the things I love about Run the World —> Becky made it a point to share her favorite recipes (most often from her host families) from each of the countries she visited!
This might be one of the best books I’ve read all year (and I’ve been on a streak!), so I highly recommend that you check it out. Whether you love to travel, run or both, you will definitely enjoy reading about Becky’s adventures.
AND, somehow I ended up with an extra uncorrected proof so I want to share it with one of YOU! Enter below.
Please note, I received this book for free to review and participate in TLC Book Tours. All opinions are my own.
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