Se­ri­ous ques­tion: do run­ners read all these run­ning books, or are they busy run­ning? Or is the pri­mary au­di­ence for run­ning books peo­ple who want to start run­ning but never do (the lit­er­ary equiv­a­lent of pay­ing for an un­used gym mem­ber­ship)?

Dom Har­vey is a break­fast ra­dio per­son­al­ity in New Zealand, the kind known for celebrity chat­ter and pranks. Run­ning marathons isn’t quite what you’d as­so­ciate with his type. (Or maybe they do across the Tas­man, who knows?) But Har­vey is in­deed hooked on run­ner’s high, enough to share how he started run­ning as a 31-year-old (he weighed 115kg at the time), how it saved his life (lit­er­ally – they found a tu­mour) and how he thinks fartlek is a funny term (face it, it is).

Har­vey has com­peted in five of the six World Marathon Ma­jors, and this book tracks his build-up to the fastest of all, Berlin. He only needs Tokyo for the set, which is next on his list. GOODFOR: Run­ners, if they do in­deed read run­ning books.

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