Reading and Running

Why would someone who is not a runner decide to sign up for a runDisney 10k in a different state, and only give themselves 9 weeks to train? I'm not sure, but it's something I just did. Maybe it's because I'm a huge Disney/Marvel fan, or maybe it's just because I want to prove that I can do it. (It's actually probably because I love shiny medals.)

I'm mostly a walker (with a little running when I feel like it), so my training sessions can be pretty long. Rather than just listening to the Hamilton soundtrack over and over again, I've decided to fill my 2 months of training with as many audiobooks as possible.

I started out listening to Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson. This book clocks in at just under 12 hours, and since I usually listen to audiobooks on double speed I finished it just about 6 hours. The story is fun and fast paced. Marcus takes you through his whole life, from growing up in Ethiopia, to being adopted and moving to Sweden, all the way through starting at cooking school when we was 16, and all the way through becoming a celebrity chef. He talks about food and traveling, which really helps to take my mind off having to walk another mile.

After Yes, Chef I started When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. This memoir is about neurosurgeon resident, Paul Kalanithi, who is diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 36. This book is utterly heartbreaking, but Paul's inspiring fight  with cancer really kept me from complaining about having to train when my muscles were sore or that it's raining outside. I welled up with tears several times while listening to this short book (5.5 hours), and the epilogue written by his wife was especially lovely.

Now I'm reading The Argonauts, and I'll be following that up with The Opposite of Loneliness and Siracusa (not a memoir, but I've heard great things about the readers of this book).

If you have any recommendations of good memoirs (or any genre of book) to listen to while working out, let me know.