Everything Will Work Out in the Long Run Book by Dave Urwin
Synopsis: - "What does a gang-related murder in the 14th century have to do with a missed job opportunity in the early 80s, or an intense panic attack by the side of the A303 in February 2003, or a spontaneous decision in the midst of a failing relationship? Well these are all occurrences that to some degree led to Dave Urwin lining up at the start of the Caesar's Camp 100 Mile Endurance Run in October 2013. In 'Everything Will Work Out in the Long Run' these events and many more are elaborated on, telling the story of how Dave looked for a way to cope with a world that made little sense to him from a very young age. This led him down the slippery slope of drug and alcohol dependency and to a point of total burn-out, the overcoming of which and the desperation not to return to would characterise everything he did for years afterwards. He never knew if he was running away from something or running towards something, but it was through running that he gradually began to piece back together the person he truly was. Running led him to some awe-inspiring places, and to meet some amazing characters but most importantly of all, it ultimately led him to discover what truly allowed him to believe that everything will work out in the long run."
I am the author of this book, which was published by Spiderwize in February 2014. Every copy sold through this site will be signed with a personalised message to the reader. This is a book about ultra-running but also about many other things - addictions in general, the nature of depression, travel, music, being a contestant on Countdown....hopefully there is something for everyone!
"This is one of the best books written by a runner that I've come across. I've read Dean Karnazes, Scott Jurek, Rich Roll and so on, and none of them had the same page-turning-can't-put-down-human-tale effect that Dave's story does. Not only is it a wild roller-coaster of a life story with huge ups and awful downs, but it also comes with a surprise ending. Overall it's heart-warming, and Dave has a great and easy writing style, is genuinely eccentric* and I couldn't help but root for him throughout. More easily identifiable with for a British audience that the books I mentioned before, I think, and I'll never look at a bloke out with binoculars looking at birds as I run past in the same way again. (He didn't pay me to write a nice review, by the way, but he did write a nice message in the front, so I'd probably better own up to that right now). *Ok, a bit weird, but that's just eccentric without money, right? Just buy his book; by the time you get to the end you'll see why it was a good idea."
"Like it says on the back cover of The Real Frank Zappa Book, this book is written like you are listening to an interesting hitch hiker who is happy to talk. The main topic is Ultra Running, but this is used as a central theme to cover a lot of autobiographical ground. It is emotional, anecdotal and story based, and a genuine page turner. The author is a likeable eccentric and writes in a really entertaining way. It covers some fairly sad/emotional bits, but that is really balanced by the funny stuff, making it very real - if you know what I mean. I did end up giggling and having to read bits out loud to my wife. I've read a few other books on ultra running written by the 'champs', e.g. Scott Jurek, Rich Roll etc, after reading Born to Run and getting inspired. Sometimes reading stuff like that can feel a bit daunting, like, 'I'll never be like that'. But this book is about the adventures of an amateur and inspired me to think like, 'yeah maybe I could give that a go then'. The ending was not what I expected, but I don't think this will be the last thing from the author, and I look forward to reading about the next stage in his adventures."
"To say that I'm 'not a runner' would be an understatement of the most obscene magnitude; however, I read this book not for the running tips (although I feel I've definitely gleaned a number along the way), but for the touching way it discusses mental health issues and addiction. Dave broaches every topic with considerable humour and humility and in a refreshingly (sometimes even painfully) open and honest way."
Even if you have no interest in running I would urge you to give this book a try. I'm probably best described as tarmac-intolerant, but even I couldn't help but be roused by his enthusiasm and sheer willpower. So impressive on so many levels!
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