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In the Long Run: A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness #2020

In the Long Run A Father a Son and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness It s Jim Axelrod once among the most watched correspondents on network news and the first television reporter to broadcast from Saddam International Airport in is covering the final stages o

  • Title: In the Long Run: A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness
  • Author: Jim Axelrod
  • ISBN: 9780374192112
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the Long Run: A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness By Jim Axelrod, It s 2008 Jim Axelrod once among the most watched correspondents on network news and the first television reporter to broadcast from Saddam International Airport in 2003 is covering the final stages of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination He s forty five years old and thirty pounds overweight He s drinking too much, sleeping too little, and scarcely seeinIt s 2008 Jim Axelrod once among the most watched correspondents on network news and the first television reporter to broadcast from Saddam International Airport in 2003 is covering the final stages of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination He s forty five years old and thirty pounds overweight He s drinking too much, sleeping too little, and scarcely seeing his family He s just figured out that the industry that pulled him up the corporate ladder is imploding as he s reaching for its final rungs Then, out of the blue, Jim discovers his late father s decades old New York Marathon finish times At forty six, Bob Axelrod ran a 3 29 58 With everything else going on in his life, Jim sets himself a defining challenge Can I beat him So begins a deeply felt, often hilarious, quixotic effort to run the 2009 New York Marathon Along the way, Jim confronts his listing marriage, a career upset by the seismic changes going on throughout the television news industry, excruciatingly painful shin splints, and the worst timed kidney stone possible Looming over it all is the shadow of a loving father, who repeatedly lost his way in life but still has a lesson to impart This is a book about a dead father s challenge to a son at a crossroads, but, than that, it is about the personal costs paid when ambition and talent are not enough to ensure success Most fundamentally, though, it is a book about learning what it takes to be happy in your own skin.

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    1. This book wasn t exactly what I was expecting, but I still did enjoy it I came into it not knowing who Jim Axelrod is, so all of the parts about his career weren t exactly what I signed up for when choosing this book However, there was certainly some interesting material there and perhaps the book wouldn t have been a fully formed story without it I did prefer the sections about running though, especially hearing his honest retelling of his greatest failings as a runner It s always encouraging t [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book on a personal level As someone who enjoys running and participating in races but is still very much a novice, I found this book very encouraging I was glad to know I m not the only one that s had various mental physical hurdles to overcome I also appreciated that Axelrod was able to come to grips with is relationship with his father through running, forge stronger relationships because of running running, and apply running lessons to life in general.With that said, dud [...]

    3. You d have to be a runner to enjoy this book I think It s filled with the minutiae of mileage run, times for a given mile, what particular muscles are feeling at a particular time To me, that was the most interesting part of the book, but I understand that non runners will find their eyes glazing over in boredom.The fact that the details of marathon preparation are coupled with the story of the author s crumbling marriage and career elevates the book above one too narrowly focused Lawrence Block [...]

    4. The author s name was familiar, but since I don t watch network news I had not seen his reports as White House correspondent for CBS The tedious parts of the book were Jim s training for a marathon, partly in competition with his deceased father s time They had a strained relationship.New management at his job meant Jim s career was in trouble The book was really about learning to be happy in your own skin I like the idea of running to gain a sense of control weight, energy, success that does no [...]

    5. 1 1 2 StarsFINALLY I am DONE with this book Blech I have to admit, there were moments that were really nice and touching Those moments usually happened with he was talking about someone else or telling their story Then POOF he was back to talking about himself and it just would evaporate again I DID read the whole book meaning I skimmed the last few chapters, but I DID read it , which I didn t think I would do After reading about this online and then reading blurbs about this book, I had high ho [...]

    6. It was good I found myself a little annoyed with the author s frankness about how driven he was to succeed and how he totally ignored his wife s needs He was completely honest about it when speaking in the present, but he was apologetic about it when examining his life in hindsight Still, his naked egoism was a little grating for me I did relate to how running completely brought focus to his life, made him realize his priorities and flaws and how he worked to address themTER he finished his mara [...]

    7. Uneven at times, but otherwise an emotional journey of a man watching his career implode, his marriage erode and trying to live up to his dead father s rules of life A typical mid life crisis memoir, Mr Axelrod finds running as a way to explore his life, not escape it Predictable in an odd way as it is the true story of a man s experiences, but nevertheless satisfying Recommended for fans of memoirs and runners who don t mind a running book that isn t really about running.

    8. Not so much a book about running, although it shares a common theme of running as a metaphor for life as Born To Run, the last book I read.Instead, a book about realizing what is important in your life and shedding inherited, false assumptions about how you should be living and what is important.

    9. I don t think this was a great book but in the end I really liked reading it It made me think alot about my father son relationships, which was great And the descriptions of the final run made me want to go out for a run and also try to sign up for the NY marathon someday But it wasn t a great running book.

    10. I am a sucker for the way journalists write books just the right combination of description and action for my tastes Loved how he dovetailed his relationship with his dad, his personal ambitions, and the NY Marathon together Plus he lives about 3 miles from where I did in my Jersey days And the peek into what life is like for the CBS chief White House correspondentwow.

    11. I really liked this book and would recommend it to fellow runners Especially novice runners as it shows that with hard work and dedication, anyone can run a marathon There are also some good life lessons spun into the book As someone who has ran marathons, it was emotional for me to read about his prep and race recap

    12. Gave it one star just to remind me to review and relate an awful read Truly terrible, I suppose the pseudo famous anchor is how it got published Can t believe I kept reading it, what a whining baby of a man with an awful father.

    13. Great read about the personal life of Jim Axelrod and how he measured himself against his dad both professionally and personally Enjoyed this quick read and feel inspired to think about training for another marathon.

    14. A struggle with humility, alcohol, and staying on the right track Jim s idea of living up to his father s New York City Marathon time is much harder than he thinks Stuggling with family career make it even harder.

    15. You know, this wasn t a bad memoir I have no idea what compelled me to read it, not being a runner or a news junkie, but I liked it all the same Except in the beginning of the book Axlerod insinuates that houses in Syracuse cost than in NJ and that is just a flat out lie.

    16. Really liked it, the writing wasn t great, but the passion came through Thanks to Simon from sponsorthefool for the recommendation.

    17. I really enjoyed the running part of his story, especially the weeks leading up to the NYC marathon.

    18. Easy read and pleasant enough, but a little too heavy on metaphors and descriptions that felt forced Considering it is a book about a career in journalism and running, I had higher hopes for it.

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