At forty-one I was overweight and unfit. As I turned 50 I was thirty pounds lighter, having spent my fifth decade training for, and racing multiple Ironmans, marathons, and other crazy adventures. This account of that fitness journey through my forties includes broken bones, severe chafing, regular cursing, rubber and lycra, an element of masochism … and cake.
From New York Times-bestselling writer Tim Lebbon comes his first non-fiction book, charting his fitness journey through his forties––funny, hopefully inspiring, brutally honest, this is a book for anyone trying to get and stay fit, at whatever age!
What I Thought:
Over the past few years, despite spending my life being very lazy and eating far too much, I’ve begun to enjoy inspiring myself towards fitness by reading about people who, starting from a similar position, have been able to get themselves training and fit.
Run, Walk, Crawl is such a book and I have to say I found it incredibly inspiring to read about Tim Lebbon’s journey – although I hate to sound like the X-Factor!
I can completely empathise with waking up one day and suddenly thinking that if you don’t turn it around now, you might never do it and, whether that’s inspired partly by being a parent, or just by a fear of approaching the future not fighting fit, I get the feeling that it must come to all of us. Whether we then choose to do something about it, that’s another thing entirely.
This book is really accessible and simply tells you what Tim did to get himself fit and at a level to start competing in hard-core competitions. It never becomes preachy, or seems like a boast, although he does freely admit that the story of his fitness journey could come off as a humble-brag!
There’s some really valuable advice there too – your goal for your own fitness might be completing a leisurly 5k Park Run or, like Tim, you might decide to go for the Three Peaks challenge – the important part is for you to HAVE the goal in the first place. I found I was much more successful at completing C25K when I had a 5k run booked in, than when I was just doing it for the hell of it.
I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading these kind of fitness memoirs as, although I might think some of the challenges are a bit bonkers, I’m filled with admiration for anyone who can set themselves a fitness goal and achieve it – especially while freely admitting to being a cake fiend!
About the Author:
I’m a New York Times-bestselling horror, thriller and fantasy writer from a little village in South Wales. I’ve written over 45 novels, including several in collaboration with Christopher Golden, as well as dozens of novellas and hundreds of short stories. I’ve written tie in novels in the Alien, Predator, Helllboy, Star Wars, and Firefly universes. Maybe a mash-up of all those properties would be fun!
My novel The Silence was made into a Netflix movie starring Kiernan Shipka and Stanley Tucci. I even got to be in the movie, starring as a bloodied corpse!
My novella Pay The Ghost was a 2015 movie starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Uli Edel.
My latest novel EDEN is an eco-horror thriller. Josh Malerman calls it ‘Instantly cinematic’. Sarah Pinborough calls it ‘Smart, prescient and gripping.’
I have several other projects currently in development for TV and the big screen, including original screenplays and a TV series with a US broadcaster.
I’ve won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award and a Scribe, as well as being shortlisted for the prestigious World Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Awards. I love running, biking and swimming, and often try to put them all together in long-distance triathlons. I raced my first Ironman in 2013. At the time it was definitely, without a doubt, absolutely the only ironman I’d ever do. Ironman Canada on my 50th birthday in 2019 was my 5th…
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.