“I have raced along summer beaches and across frozen lakes. I have sprinted along canals and beside riverbanks. Once, I raced a friend around two laps of the largest outdoor swimming pool in Europe, the bathers lifting their legs upwards in an attempt to catch our trailing feet. I ran on the day of the worst storms the country had ever known, battling the wind on the way out, my fingers pointing out and up, my head ten degrees forwards of vertical. On the way back, I ran the same four miles even faster, jubilant at my speed, triumphing over nature. There were many victories.”

“I have run in joy, I have run in so many kinds of pain.”

“Today, the din of my feet on gravel is ponderously slow. I run slowly and without style, just like a dad dancing.”

Lives; running is the story of a running career.

Lives; running will be published by Zero Books on 27 July 2012.

ISBN 978-1-78099-235-8, paperback, £9.99

A pdf of the first chapter can be downloaded here: Lives; running ch1.

I’ve written a post here explaining in a little more detail why I wrote the book.

The good folk at Bookmarks are now taking pre-publication orders. If you click on the link here, that will take you to the main Bookmarks page; from there you can order the book by simply filling in the details in the “book search” box in the left column.

It is also on Amazon.

Do also get in contact with me at davidkrenton[at]gmail.com if you’d be interested in having a review copy.

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