First of all, I was hesitant to purchase this book. I didn’t want to contribute to anything or anyone that might make money from the Boston Marathon bombings. But, it is authored by Hal Higdon, a running author and coach – who I’ve always admired. He has been writing for Runner’s World longer than anyone else. So, I figured that he would not be doing any sensationalizing what happened.
Then, I read more about what the book was about and I had to read it. And, I was right. 4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners is written through the words of those that were there. He took the stories of 75 people from that day in Boston. Most of them were actually runners in the marathon – and a few family members and a few volunteers. All of them willing to share their thoughts and experiences from that day.
I loved reading the stories of the runners. They shared what was going through their minds throughout the whole race – from the start to the finish line. What they were feeling along the way – the aches, the pains, the love from the crowds, etc.
The stories are from those that finished before the bombs went off, those that were right there and from those that were still on the course. They talk about not really knowing what was happening at first – then trying to meet back up with their family and friends.
This is a book that I absolutely could not put down. In fact, I read it all in one Sunday afternoon and evening.
As Boston 2014 is coming up – 4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners is a must read. If you are planning on running Boston – it will get you more ready than ever. If you’re not running Boston – it will make you want to train harder to be sure to be there next year.
This is a great addition to your running book library. I know that you’ll enjoy reading about the marathon from the eyes of those that were there.