Run the Mile You’re In

By Ryan Hall
Image of the cover of Run the Mile You're In by Ryan Hall. Wesley Donehue's book reviews and recommendations.

I’m healthy for the first time in 2020. I missed a planned marathon last weekend due to over two months of no running. Now it’s go time. Hard training starts NOW. Just one problem… I don’t feel like it. Like at all. My head isn’t in the right place. I’ve lost a lot of my fitness. I have to start all over.

I needed a read to get me back in the zone. After pulling for his wife, Sarah, in last week’s Olympic trials, I decided to give Ryan Hall’s book a try. Ryan is the American record holder for the half marathon with a 59:43. He is also the only American to break the 2:05 full marathon mark. That’s flying!

Ryan is a devout Christian which makes this book as much a religious read as a running book. No, I take that back. This is definitely a Christian book disguised as a running book. The book is broken down into twenty-six chapters, one for each mile of the marathon, with twenty-six different lessons and corresponding Bible teachings.

This is a simple read with a good story. It’s not some literary masterpiece but it is what I needed to read with my current mindset. I recommend it to all my Christian running buddies.

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