“Never lose the child inside.” – jb
I’ve confessed on more than one occasion that I am a miserable failure as a blogger. It comes down to the self-promotion thing. It’s just not my nature. So sharing these two reviews of my memoir with you is uncomfortable. One is by Wayne Fish, sports columnist for the Intelligencer, and the other by Bridget FitzPatrick, Associate Vice President for Advancement at Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA, for the Bucks County Herald.
Intelligencer – December 5, 2013
Holiday reading: Just finished an exceptional book called “Twenty Four Years to Boston: My Journey from the Vegetable Aisle to Boylston Street” (St. Johann Press) by local writer Jim Brennan.
It’s an everyman’s tale of a kid from the Mayfair section of Northeast Philly who stumbled across running while training for high school football and ended up, a quarter-century later, qualifying for and competing in the Boston Marathon.
The story begins with Brennan deciding to run a 26.2-miler just to test his limits. So he enters the 1981 Philadelphia Marathon, endures the discomfort of those closing miles and eventually decides that one of these is enough.
Over the ensuing years, Brennan takes us through his life – career, family, running – and the journey is an interesting one. He starts as a welder at the U.S. Navy Yard and eventually works his way up to where he’s a professional advisor, consulting with personnel at the Pentagon.
But through it all, he’s always kept a passion for running. As he approaches middle age, he gets back into the long distance scene. Finally, he puts all his training on the line, runs the Steamtown (Scranton) Marathon in the time necessary to qualify for Boston and realizes that setting goals – and attaining them – are practically universal for all like-minded athletes.
Brennan, 59, currently resides in Chalfont and recently ran the Bucks County Marathon along the Delaware River right around four hours.
Brennan’s book has something for every long distance runner, from anecdotes to advice, from injury recovery to the thrill of crossing the finish line in Boston.
The second review, written by Bridget FitzPatrick, Associate Vice President for Advancement at Lackawanna College, appeared in the November 28, 2013 edition of the Bucks County Herald – Review – 24 Years to Boston
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