ISBN #: 978-1495280870
Page Count: 158
Copyright: January 3, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(Taken from Amazon)
Take a journey with Brian Baleno as he runs a half marathon in every state. Experience an inside view of preparing, traveling, running, and recovering as this three year endeavor vividly recreates the imagery of the vast American landscape. This adventure is less of a story of personal accomplishment and more of a celebration of an often unseen American beauty; a story that encourages exploration, imagination, and self reflection.
50 Halfs is an inspiring story of Mr. Baleno’s ambitious goal; to run a race in each of the 50 states. Chronicling his journey from 2009 until 2011, Mr. Baleno tells us a little about himself, his dreams and goals, and also about the differences he notices within each state.
My favorite part of the book, by far, is in his "summary" at the end. "Life is very similar to running a half marathon. Difficulties appear and disappear. Some days will be harder than others just as some courses are more challenging than others." Such a simple, yet wise, comparison.
Runners, especially, will appreciate this book, as it speaks a language that my sedentary self doesn’t understand, but it did awaken in me a desire to run after my own dream and goals.
*A physical copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.