Reading chronicles: The Running Soul by Parul Sheth

Some background before my first post on the Reading Chronicle Series.

Well I have been an avid reader most of my life since childhood, and be it comics or novels, I read it, fast and complete it.

Just like finishing books, I used to finish things I started. My teachers loved me for that.

Times change.Things change. People change.

My life changes have set in since 2010. Each year since then has taught me something new. But as I am in the mid of 2016, I feel changes with the freshness of new beginnings.

I have noticed that recently be it a task, or a book – I start it, reach mid-way and never finish it. But yes in the last 2 years I did finish all the books by Dan Brown and Amish Tripathi. Specifically when I am reading non-fiction I get distracted.

So after several attempts with different books, I was recommended “The Running Soul” by Parul Sheth by my senior from college, Dipti Mishra. She is a runner with superb timings ( I last heard she completes 10k in an hour) and she is working hard on her running skills. I told her about my issues with concentration and fear of running. She recommended me some books and blogs, this being one. The selling point of this book was “Upasana this is a very small book, very few pages, you will be easily able to finish it!

Ha ha ha! Well, I got a kindle version of the book (yes these days I am trying to shift to kindle! Because if you actually visit my home, my room particularly – you will find books peeping out everywhere. I need a new home with a dedicated library room! )

So enough with the background and chit chat!

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The book has few pages, and yes it could be completed easily.

Parul is a woman like us, struggling with day to day responsibilities, family responsibilities. She met with some losses early in her life that changed the course of her life. But we cant escape reality? Right! Her strength became her children, family, friends, work, running buddies, tracks. She explains her journey of her practices, her developments as every practice was important, how running gave strength and meaning to her life.

She explains her fears before each running season, and the actual runs, the joy of completing each practice run and the big day(s). As I look at her from the descriptions, she is an inspiration for me to take up running. She has a job, kids, and chores like their exams, ups and downs in lives, but this does not stop her from her practices.

When we look at athletes (at least from perspective of people like me), we believe strongly in

“We are not athletes, they have different genes!

We were never meant to workout that hard!

I can’t run!  

Marathon, are you kidding!

21k? Do people actually run that long?

10k ? Why do you need to run that long?”

So yes, I too had those dilemmas. I am trying to overcome them. But Parul is an example that everyone has an athlete version of themselves.

If you say, one key takeaway from the book I should mention then it would be “working on my endurance“, not just in running, in every aspects of my life. I am sure if I give it enough dedication and practice, I could reach my best, like Parul did in her marathons 🙂

I like to read the books all from preface to the end. In the end there were quite some tips, that will be handy to anyone interested in running.

I am not a literature expert to give ratings to any book. But yes I could say whether a book is worth read or not (from my perspective obviously!). So yes, I would recommend the book of the personal journey of Parul Seth. A great addition to my collection. I am glad I came across this. Thank you Dipti di for recommending it.

The choice is between enduring and giving up. This is what separates the champions from the mere runners.

- Parul Sheth (The Running Soul)

Kudos to me to finishing my book! Stay tuned!