Twenty-four Years to Boston–My Journey from the Vegetable Aisle to Boylston Street demystifies long-distance running to its simplest form—a primal activity we have all performed since we first let go of the coffee table as toddlers. It is a story about my challenges and triumphs as an aging marathoner, and the inadvertent discovery that running had helped me overcome an underachieving childhood to go on and live a rewarding life.
In November 2000, I had an epiphany that triggered an obsession to run my second marathon twenty years after my first. When I hobbled across the finish line at the 2001 Philadelphia Marathon, I swore I’d never run another, the same promise I’d made to myself twenty years earlier. Fortunately, I reneged on that promise because I went on to experience my most prolific running years as I approached my fiftieth birthday, and then embarked on a quest to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
The idea for my book evolved while running the Philadelphia region, and the narrative germinated into a story on trails across the country. Forrest Gump-like, I ran diverse terrains and climates, and met runners on trails as different as the Sonoran Desert, Rocky Mountains, the plains of Iowa and the California coast. My journey revealed that running is universal and that all runners share an irrepressible passion for life.
You can read the Chapter Summaries from the memoir here.
Twenty-four Years to Boston–My Journey from the Vegetable Aisle to Boylston Street is scheduled to be published in 2013.