Five Minute Review: Running Man

One of my aims for the year is to average a book a week, making that 52 in total. I want to capture at least some of them here, as I believe reading and learning is a key facet to mindfulness and living in a fulfilled way. But hey, we’ve all got busy lives. So in that vein, here’s your five-minute book review!


If I had to describe Running Man in five words, it would be:

Interesting adventures, somewhat weak narrative.

If you’re a runner, you’ll probably have exhausted all the obvious choices when it comes to running literature- Born to Run, Eat & Run, Running with the Kenyans…etc. etc. I turned to Running Man for a dose of running-based inspiration, and whilst it delivered that in spades: charting the author’s journey from drug and alcohol addiction, to ultra marathon adventure racing, to prison and then to rehabilitation; the narrative structure was sometimes lacking. It was very much a chronological telling of the events in the author’s life, but lacked cohesiveness and an overarching message. Don’t get me wrong, there was still a wealth of insights to be learned from such an adventurous and often troubled spirit; it’s just that perhaps the autobiography wasn’t the best vessel to convey them.

Would I recommend it to a friend? If they were a runner, maybe.

Marks out of 10: 5
This concludes the review.

Tell me, have you read Running Man?

What books would you recommend I read?

Lots of love,


7 thoughts on “Five Minute Review: Running Man”

  1. Meant to add in Dean Karnazes ‘Ultra Marathon Man’. Compelling read. You probably only need to read one of his books. I suspect you can have too much of this dude! And for the craic, I’ll throw in Rob Burn’s ‘In the Long Run: The Humorous Story of a Marathon Runner’. Mainly ‘coz he’s my uncle, and it’s the only book I ever reviewed on Amazon. Despite this gross nepotism, it’s a great book filled with wry humour and wonderful artwork. Plus it’s damn cheap too. My copy is signed by the author, so you can’t have it 😉

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  2. HI Pippa. I absolutely adored this book, but I must admit I did listen to it on an audio book rather than read it. There is something about Charlie Engle telling this story in his own voice that made it come alive to me. You can feel his pain in many of the passages. Re-live his glory.

    I would give it 10 out of 10, but perhaps the audio book is whats making the difference.


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