Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Book Review: Got to Live, 923 Days to Remember by Jay Danek
“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Reeling from the sudden and unexpected death of his father on 9-23-2008, Jay Danek could have sat there and let it continue to consume him. Instead, after the initial darkness, depression and anger, Jay decided to get up and get moving. "Got to Live" chronicles Jay's remarkable journey from this dark place to an inspirational 923 day run streak to honor his father's memory. Having previously not run a step, he discovers the healing power of running and his inner ultra runner is revealed.
This book is a joy to read. Well written, it takes you along with Jay from his humble start, gaining his physical, emotional and spiritual footing in the McDowell Mountains to completing 100 mile ultra races. While it normally takes me forever to finish a book, I tore through this book in only several sittings. That speaks volumes to this book's readability!
Ultra runners will have many head nodding moments while reading this book, but you do not have to run a hundred miles to draw inspiration from Jay's tale of hard work, persistence and dedication.
I strongly urge you to pick up a copy of "Got to Live". This is a very powerful book. Break out that beach chair, get a cold drink ( also a good idea to have a box of tissues) and treat yourself to some inspirational summer reading. Just be sure to get that run in first!
Buy "Got to Live" online: "Got to Live" on Amazon
Learn more about Jay: http://www.mcdowellmountainman.com/