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Personal Record

A Love Affair with Running
A non fiction book by

Rachel Toor was a bookish egghead who ran only to catch a bus. How such an unlikely athlete became a runner of ultramarathons is the story of Personal Record, an exhilarating meditation on the making, and the minutiae, of a runner's life. The food, the clothes, the races, the injuries, and the watch are all essential to the runner, as readers discover here, and discover why.

A chronicle of Toor's relationship with the sport of running, from her early incarnation as an Oreo-eating couch potato to her emergence as a hard-bodied marathoner, this book explores the sport of running, the community it brings into being, and the personal satisfaction of pursuing it to its limit. An homage to running, a literary take on how an activity can turn into a passion and how a passion can become a way of life, Toor's book runs all the way from individual achievement - a personal record - to the world of friendship and community.

Praise for this book

"Toor's writing is swift, disciplined, sinewy, and indomitably strong... The story she tells is a marvel." - Pat Conroy

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Used availability for Rachel Toor's Personal Record

Hardback Editions

October 2008 : USA Hardback

Title: Personal Record: A Love Affair With Running
Author(s): Rachel Toor
ISBN: 0-8032-6033-4 / 978-0-8032-6033-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Paperback Editions

September 2010 : USA Paperback

Title: Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running
Author(s): Rachel Toor
ISBN: 0-8032-3426-0 / 978-0-8032-3426-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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Kindle Editions

September 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running
Author(s): Rachel Toor
Publisher: Bison Books
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