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  1. Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe
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  2. Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe

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From elite marathoner and Olympic hopeful Becky Wade comes the story of her year-long exploration of diverse global running communities from England to Ethiopia—9 countries, 72 host families, and over 3,500 miles of running—investigating unique cultural approaches to the sport and revealing the secrets to the success of runners all over the world.

Fresh off a successful collegiate running career—with multiple NCAA All-American honors and two Olympic Trials qualifying marks to her name—Becky Wade was no stranger to international competition. But after years spent safely sticking to the training methods she knew, Becky was curious about how her counterparts in other countries approached the sport to which she’d dedicated over half of her life. So in 2012, as a recipient of the Watson Fellowship, she packed four pairs of running shoes, cleared her schedule for the year, and took off on a journey to infiltrate diverse running communities around the world. What she encountered far exceeded her expectations and changed her outlook into the sport she loved.

Over the next twelve months—visiting 9 countries with unique and storied running histories, logging over 3,500 miles running over trails, tracks, sidewalks, and dirt roads—Becky explored the varied approaches of runners across the globe. Whether riding shotgun around the streets of London with Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt, climbing for an hour at daybreak to the top of Ethiopia’s Mount Entoto just to start her daily run, or getting lost jogging through the bustling streets of Tokyo, Becky’s unexpected adventures, keen insights, and landscape descriptions take the reader into the heartbeat of distance running around the world.

Upon her return to the United States, she incorporated elements of the training styles she’d sampled into her own program, and her competitive career skyrocketed. When she made her marathon debut in 2013, winning the race in a blazing 2:30, she became the third-fastest woman marathoner under the age of 25 in U.S. history, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials and landing a professional sponsorship from Asics.

From the feel-based approach to running that she learned from the Kenyans, to the grueling uphill workouts she adopted from the Swiss, to the injury-recovery methods she learned from the Japanese, Becky shares the secrets to success from runners and coaches around the world. The story of one athlete’s fascinating journey, Run the World is also a call to change the way we approach the world’s most natural and inclusive sport.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I loved reading this book. The wanderluster in me loved learning about new places and adding new destinations to my travel wish list; the wannabe athlete in me loved how physically motivating and surprisingly relatable Becky made elite distance running/training sound through her experiences and narrative. She is relatable and reminds the reader that the world can be a lovely place. Not all travel needs to cost a million dollars and there are a multitude of ways to experience a city, state, country or continent. It was such a fun read.
One of the most inspiring and motivating books I have ever read! I am an avid runner/racer and can appreciate the story and challenges involved with the sport, but I do think that this would be a great read for anyone..athlete or not. Becky writes with an easy-going, yet very precise flair and has a wonderful way of describing her experiences and travels. I read the whole book while traveling abroad myself (in France) and it motivated me run daily while I was there!
I love traveling and running, so this book was a no brainer. But I was excited to see that it delivered so well on that premise! I loved that she got into the differences in approaches to training to see how they can be so different but also equally effective. However, you could tell in the Japan chapter that she was probably starting to wear down from the rigors of travel as the book lost a little bit of the momentum from the earlier chapters as her year finished up... understandably so though. It was an easy, fun read though. I am a fan of Becky as a writer and I look forward to see where her career goes as a runner as well!
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