My name, Allison, means “little truthful one,” and I tend to live up to my name. I probably should work on lying a little better because I usually show the truth on my face even if I’m attempting not to. I would be a clothing store’s worst employee because I wouldn’t be able to tell everyone how amazing they look in anything they tried on. (I hate stores like that, don’t you? I mean, I can literally see the fat rolls on myself, so please don’t try telling me how slimming this dress is!)
My point is–this is my blog & I will always be honest with you! So, honestly, I haven’t read one single page of my book this week. Not one word. I only have a week to finish though & I promise I will finish it this week! I will probably hit that point where I can’t put it down, so I will stay up until 3AM reading. I haven’t done that since I read Unbroken (a MUST read, by the way…go buy it as soon as possible!).
While I haven’t read the book I am supposed to be reading, I have been reading some educational books on running. I’ve read the Runner’s World one before and it’s a fantastic reference; and I assume the Running a Marathon for Dummies will be helpful as well.
My favourite running book is The Non-Runner’s Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dias. She is hilarious, honest, and ridiculously sarcastic as she writes about the reality of training for a marathon. Sometimes I read articles about running that make it sound so beautiful, easy and serene and I wonder how come my running is not like that! Dawn is so relatable as she shares her training and the introduction of the book spells out exactly why I like it so much:
Why take marathon tips from a woman who is the self-proclaimed “worst runner in the world”? Because it’s good for your self-esteem. When you’re in Week 10 of your training and your feet suddenly turn into brick weights that you must drag along for miles at a time, do you really think you’ll find comfort and inspiration from a runner/author who could run from here to Argentina with a lethal combination of willpower and tremendous calf muscles? No, you need someone whose lack of real running talent or inclination will make you feel great about your own mediocre skills. And I am just that someone to make you feel like a star.
At the end of the book she talks about how her marathon training shifted her from being a person who talks about things to a person who actually does things. I love that! It is so easy to talk about your goals, your bucket list, or your dreams; but it is entirely different to put feet to those lists and set out to accomplish them! So, go! Make your lists, but then be determined to check them off! If I can do it–literally anyone can!