A special mention has to go to this book by Helen Stothard. Helen has M.E. (or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as it is otherwise known) and this is the journal of her inspirational journey to compete in the London Marathon. M.E. is a chronic health condition which is often misunderstood. The sufferer can look fine in between flare ups but when it hits, and it can hit at any time, they can be left washed out and barely functional. So this lady has accomplished something to be very proud of and I wanted to highlight her story here.
The book itself is written as journal entries and tells of her triumphs, mistakes, improvements and set backs. It would be a fabulous companion for someone who is just starting out in the world of running. It tells of the common pitfalls from family perceptions and mental attitude to having the right running shoes and gives good advice for those whose only previous experience of running is for the bus.
As she says herself, she is a Yorkshire lass with a lot of grit and, against difficult odds, she kept going and prevailed.