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On November 22, 2011, Giacomo lay convalescent in hospital, having had a bit of his brain taken out. On April 19, 2012, he went for a 20' run/walk, having always maintained he couldn't stand running. The brain surgery was meant to free Giacomo of epileptic seizures. It didn't. But maybe it freed him of his dislike for running? This is Giacomo's story from that first run/walk to tackling the epic West Highland Way Race in 2015. It's the tale of an ordinary runner with no great natural gifts who fell in love with running and its extraordinary gifts of enjoyment, achievement and friendships. One of the most unlikely love stories ever told.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4822 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N0NXZ3E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Runspiration

One person found this helpful.
 on 3 January 2017
By Stu Robertson
I’ve followed Gia on Strava for a few years now, and as a self described “every day runner”, he does just that – runs every day. So when you can’t be bothered to get out the door, you know Gia will have probably already been out and run a half marathon before breakfast. This book, for less than a coffee, gives a great insight into some of his exploits and what drives him on. Told with humour and self-deprecation it’s a great read.

Truly inspirational

 on 20 September 2017
By Geraint Johnes
A friend recommended this book on his facebook page, and I bought it blind, knowing nothing about it beyond the title. I was rather surprised to find that it was a book about running – specifically about one rather engaging person’s experience of taking up running as a hobby and his move towards undertaking increasingly demanding challenges, including ultra-marathons that beggar belief. I found myself rooting for Giacomo throughout – he has an unassuming mien and that makes it very easy to identify with him. He really gets across his view that his achievements are not down to any particular talent, but rather to a sense that this was what he wanted to do and so he committed himself to doing it. Reading this book taught me that you don’t have to be special to do something special.

Truly inspirational

One person found this helpful.
 on 7 February 2017
By Chris B.
I was recommended reading this by a certain Mike Wells and the great Squintani himself (through Strava on one of Mike’s runs).

Highly recommended.

One person found this helpful.
 on 5 April 2017
By Amazon Customer
Yes, the book is about running. But as a non-runner I found the author handled what could have been a list of dates, places and time, in a witty and engaging manner. You will learn about unfizzy cola, cold pizza and nipple taping: possibly more than you needed to know. in the latter case.. What you will learn is about inner-strength that took an ordinary bloke to start running to loose weight and then complete a course of over 90 miles in an ultra marathon. Given the achievement, putting ham and pineapple on a pizza is almost forgivable. Highly recommended.

Good read

One person found this helpful.
 on 28 January 2017
By John Dixon
Give it a read. Gia got bitten by the running bug very quickly after his first run. I’m a runner too and I can relate to a lot of the pre/during/post run goings on. Well worth the couple of quid.

Engaging tale of accomplishment

One person found this helpful.
 on 11 December 2016
By Jimmy Marvin
Immensely readable and entertaining. Moving at times, regularly laugh-out-loud funny, wholly inspiring.

A well written book that is full of interesting stories …

One person found this helpful.
 on 7 December 2016
By Stuart G Wallace
A well written book that is full of interesting stories for both experienced runners and those who are just starting out.

From the operating table to the Promised Land in five years

 on 30 December 2016
By PETER REEVES
I would recommend this to anybody. A tale of love, hope, faith, redemption, friendship, loyalty, sheer bloody mindedness, overcoming the odds and the sheer balls to succeed. Sort of reminds you of Bruce Springsteen which ironically is how I first met Giacomo 17 years ago in Toms River, New Jersey on a mystical journey which we are all still travelling. I think you can all afford £2.48. I have my copy have you got yours yet?

Interesting, witty and inspirational read. Now where’s my running shoes.

 on 2 February 2017
By Amazon Customer
Reading isn’t the top of my list of ways of enjoyment, but this read was. It had me coming back for more every time I put it down. Very interesting with loads to make you smile. Extrodanary how Giacomo goes from a non runner to where he is today. Being a newbie to this running lark myself, it’s inspiring to know what can be achieved. Take a bow Mr Squintani, your brothers must be proud of you.
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