My book is a true story that follows my journey from sitting on a lumpy futon, overweight, out of shape and picking Pringle shards out of my navel, to me running a 50K ultra-marathon.
It’s not a new story it’s just told from the perspective of a “grassroots runner” who just wanted to finish the races I entered.
It’s about my struggles, my achievements, the barriers, the pain, the people I met and how I pushed myself to the brink while trying to achieve things I never thought possible.
My story is not a fat-to-fit story, it’s a fat-to-fat story; I found out too late in my journey that running miles and miles without considering other factors was not necessarily the best way to lose weight, but the benefits of my running journey transcended what the scales told me every Monday morning.
My story may not appeal to the elite runner, as there will be no mention of 6- to 8-minute miles, finishing in the top ten, or any Olympic qualifications. My story is more for the wannabe runner, the runner who is just starting out and the runner who feels more comfortable running 14- to 18-minute miles; the runner who will check the time of the previous year’s race results to see what the slowest time was before they enter; the runner who has to phone the race organiser to see if there is a cut off time in the longer races; or the runner who will walk just out of view of the people at the finish, then turn on the jets for the last 100-metre sprint finish. All things I have done during my running journey (and still do).
Just Finish is the true story of Sean’s running journey, from 5K to Ultra marathon runner. It is motivating, inspiring and humorous along the way! As an occasional runner, reading Sean’s book has given me the kick to get my trainers back on and start my own running journey. – Anna Wells
I do love a heartwarming true story, and this didn’t disappoint. Sean writes well, with his heart on his sleeve. Just Finish! is part confessional, part journal, and has you rooting for the underdog right to the end. I loved it, loved the highs and lows of the story, loved the easy to read writing style. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they’d quite like to run but thinks they aren’t fit enough, or don’t have time. Sean proves that ordinary folk with families and jobs do have these things, and adds the missing motivation. – Alice Cooper
I have read a few other running books, but Just Finish is one of my all-time favorites. Told from a novice runner perspective. I could real feel Sean’s pain and triumphs because I had “been there done that”. Just Finish is a for the “everyday” runner. Such a motivational story that I could not put down. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! – Kim Ward