I thought it would be fitting to post my review on Run or Die while I’m away in Jasper, enjoying the mountains and trails!
As I read books about running or sport, I fold down pages I know I’ll want to look at again whether for inspiration or a good tip. After reading Run or Die by Kilian Jornet, I had over 20 pages folded down.
The autobiography is a first-person report of Jornet’s entry into endurance sports and the races and adventures that have made him the success he is today.
Although you may have read about his successes or watched him race in Unbreakable or his Summits of My Life series, in the book you delve into his mind throughout his many competitions and challenges.
His competitive drive is like nothing I’ve read before. But it’s not just about winning. It’s about challenging his body, exploring his limits, and living life in tune with nature.
To me, Jornet seems superhuman. He has achieved incredible feats and has the most natural, beautiful running and skiing style.
With somebody who has accomplished so much, it’s easy to think he works hard for it but doesn’t struggle much. Through the book you realize he is human. He struggles through some of the challenges, questions why he pushes his body to such extremes, and even wonders why he’s waking up at an early hour to run further when it’s so comfortable in bed.
Run or Die isn’t full of tips and tricks to be the best in the world. It’s a story in Jornet’s voice and style that emulates his love for endurance sports and adventure.
He is one of the greatest athletes of our time, and one of the least well-known. To me, that makes his book worth reading.
When you read books by athletes, do you prefer to hear their story or do you want to know how they train, what they eat, etc?
Other book reviews:
- You Are an Ironman by Jacques Steingberg
- Finding Ultra by Rich Roll
- Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn
- A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington
- In the way they can’t see you cry by Amanda Beard