Author: Dave Griffin

Publisher: Flying Feet Running Programs

ISBN-10: 0692570977; ISBN-13: 978-0692570975

Dave Griffin, author of After the Last PR―The Virtues of Living a Runner’s Life and bi-weekly columnist, has come up with yet another interesting look into the spiritual side of long-distance running, in the form of In the Distance: Why We Struggle Through the Demands of Running, and How It Leads Us to Peace. In the work, he recounts how his own background led him to adopt running as a way of coping with the stressors and daily demands of life. To someone coming from the relatively same background, no doubt his tale should bring many personal experiences to mind of having shared similar exertions and occasions.

The thoughtfulness and care with which Griffin tells of the ups and downs of his running career, and the psychological insights that he provides into his own makeup should appeal to anyone coming from the arena of athletics. The author also shares his motivation for adopting running as a strategy for coping with life’s challenges, in preference to any other type of sport, including baseball. Given his involvement with the sport, it is all the more pleasing that In the Distance is not swamped with facts and figures about the races in which he has participated, but rather his account has soulful depth, with coverage of the events from a person-orientated viewpoint. Griffin is not ashamed to reveal his emotions at length, being, in fact, delightfully metrosexual in his approach. In this way, he appeals across the board to any athlete, no matter the gender. In fact, it is likely that many a woman who reads this book might wish that more of the men in her life took a similar approach to life as a whole.

In the Distance reveals how Griffin evolved through the stages of innocence, fear, struggle and clarity to find peace in his life, with a focus on his running career, from boyhood to where he now stands, as a mature athlete. The work is illustrated with numerous black-and-white photographs from past events in which he participated, and one cannot but help be drawn to this youthful, smiling figure, as well as to the more mature and older runner who has reveled in his sport his entire life through. This book deserves a place on any sport enthusiast’s shelf, as well as being an ideal read for book clubs, especially those of mixed gender.