Keep on Running details Hewitt’s multiple experiences of running marathons in London, New York, Paris, Rome, Dublin and Chichester.
Hewitt focuses on how marathon running is a selfish pursuit as the distance demands sustained effort and time. Yet the encouragement of spectators ensures a humbling environment.
I can relate to many of his wise observations:
- The first marathon is extra special because there is little pressure for time or placement, as it is just about finishing.
- The marathon distance must be respected otherwise you will suffer severely.
- A bloated stomach and lack of rest can be huge limiting performance factors.
- Personal sporting glory is always within reach for those that pursue new goals.
- Running different events across the world, particularly in the big cities, are fun adventures.
- There will always be challenging moments, but these frustrations can motivate you to keep running to the finish line.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a snapshot of various marathons around the globe and to discover an honest assessment of many aspects of running races.