The author’s story of how he took up running late in life in order to get fit, had a heart attack during a race, his road to recovery and return to running and his attempt to achieve a personal best marathon time.
As well as describing the author’s own experiences, the book deals with goal setting, obsession with racing and the mental aspects of running. It also covers practical subjects like diet and training for older athletes and people with heart conditions.
This updated and revised edition brings the reader up to date with the authors running progress.
Being an ex athlete and suffering a heart attack in the past, the book resonated some of the dilemmas that I went through. I think Steve’s book is a inspiration to those who have suffered cardiac problems, and proves that an active life is still possible. – Cocoaloco (from Amazon.co.uk)
A really useful guide for people who have just started to run or who are thinking of doing so. It has a good combination of personal experience and guidance. The writer was determined that having a heart attack wasn’t going to stop him from continuing to do what he loved. – Mads (from Amazon.co.uk)
As a runner who has recently experienced multiple injuries, I can identify with Steve’s narrative from the first few pages. Beginning in a moment of crisis, Steve’s story begins as a heart attack strikes during a race and the following chapters flip back and forth from Steve’s initial experiences running to his recovery post-surgery. Presented in a documentary-style structure that weaves back and forth through time, we fellow Steve’s running journey from completing his first marathon to his first marathon after surviving the heart attack. If you are interested in starting to run or are a competitive runner, this book provides great detail on Steve’s process of racking up mileage, training for races, and finding the support of a running partner and running club. Ultimately, Steve’s story is an inspiration to stay motivated and persevere through adversity. Running With a Wounded Heart masterfully narrates the struggles of injury, resilience, and the joys of running at any age. I would recommend this book to anyone. – Nadhia (from Amazon.co.uk)
First off, let me just say I’m not a runner. Well, I’m not a runner yet! I found this book both entertaining and an inspiration. I liked the straightforward writing style and the way the story slipped easily between before and after the writers heart attack. I will be looking out for more from this author. Be warned, if you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down! – Miss Carly D Acres (from Amazon.co.uk)
I have really enjoyed reading Running with a wounded heart. What an inspiring story! Steve’s experience with running is very relatable, from the dog owners who can’t control their dogs to the strange thoughts one gets on a run like he did about the horse. Steve manages to narrate a rather serious experience with humour and light heartedness making the message easy to swallow. This is a book about running but can be applied to any aspect of life where one finds themselves having to start again. His commitment to running is admirable and very impressive yet humble particularly in how he has shared his struggles. The book highlights the importance of persistence especially when things get difficult. I also liked how Steve found friends to support him with his running, there is a lot to be said about finding a good support system to help with attaining a goal. I highly recommend the book as a fellow runner, well perhaps more like a “jogger” to anyone who is looking for inspiration! – Jessie (from Amazon.co.uk)