We all know that running isn't just about putting one foot in front of the other, it affects every aspect of our lives, our diet, our friendships, our family, our work and so much more.
Most of the running books I have read are very purist, mainly concentrating about running it's self and the small bubble of directly affected goings on of the people written about. Put it this way, I couldn't imagine many non-runners picking them up and thinking, "ahh yes, The Badwater Ultra marathon Diaries, a book I can relate to!"
Fuel is another beast entirely, I didn't read the blurb on the back, simply starting at the first page. It didn't take me long to realise this book was more about people than running, or perhaps the people that run. I'm not the fastest reader in the world, but I found it easy to read, leafing my way through page by page. Do you do that thing where you take a book out that you're reading and see that the book mark is barely even a quarter of the way through the book? Look at it this way, just like every mile you run in a race, every page you read is behind you, what lies ahead cannot get any longer!
I don't want to give too much of the story away, but the main character, Timmy, is one that I think you will all be able to relate to in one way or another. In fact, in all of the characters I could see traces of myself and others I know as well as places I frequently go to, this made it a little spooky, as though it was done on purpose! Without realising it I found myself needing to read on, to find out what happens... There are many twists and turns on this very well researched tale, I didn't try and predict what may happen (because I'm pretty rubbish at that lol) but just go with the flow, watching events unfold in front of my eyes.
Unlike almost all the other books on my reading list this book could be enjoyed by more than just the running community, it's one that I think the friends and family of runners would like.
The title, Fuel, sums up the story with an absolute perfectness that no other word could muster. What are the different things that fuel you when you run? What fuels your body? What fuels your mind?
The world is full of films, books and the rest about what I can only describe as epic life changes, the good and innocent battling against a world of challenges and difficulty, often ending in some kind of revelation. Fuel was different, it was not so much of a revelation, but it was a story with so much to relate to.
On that note I would like to thank my family, my friends and everyone else that has been there for me and supported me with all the running, and sometimes crazy stuff, that I get up to. You are all totally awesome! Also thanks Jeremy Chin for writing such a great book!
I know I've been pretty vague in this review, but I want you to discover the story the same way I did, with no prejudice, no expectation just curiosity.
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