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Toeing the Line1. The Body2. Reasons Not to Run3. The Routes4. One Runner's Beginnings5. The Closet6. The Coach7. The Magazine Rack8. Ride and Ties9. Weekend Mornings10. The First Marathon11. Speed Goggles12. The Fast Young Man13. Boston14. Becoming a Marathoner15. Racing16. The Western State17. Injuries18. Ultras19. The Watch20. The Coach21. The Fuel22. On the Road23. The Hospital24. Pacing25. The Break Up26. The Curtain Rod0.2 Getting to the Finish
A collection of personal stories about running and an examination of the culture surrounding the sport
Rachel Toor teaches writing at Eastern Washington University, is a columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education, and a senior writer for Running Times. She is the author of The Pig and I: How I Learned to Love Men (Almost) as Much as I Love My Pets and Admissions Confidential: An Insider's Account of the Elite College Selection Process. A graduate of Yale University, she received an MFA from the University of Montana and currently lives in Spokane.
"A finely written ode to the art, the trial, the lifestyle of marathon running. Toor, an experienced runner, has the ability to take you inside that niche world and make it real." Reader's Digest "An unconventional, inspirational, and loving account of running." Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon "A book that will appeal equally to novices and experienced runners." Booklist "Rachel Toor writes the way she runs, with passion, conviction, and calculated abandon. Personal Record is a candid and revealing look at the strange allure of long-distance running, captured intimately by someone who has been down that twisted road herself, and keeps going." --Dean Karnazes, ultra-marathoner "Toor immerses the reader in the world of long-distance running, examining her bruised, muscular body, the contents of her closet, her pantry jammed with energy gels and protein bars, and her love life in the process of explaining what running means to her and describing the experiences the sport has given her." Jenny Shank, New West