Fat Man to Green Man - from unfit to ultramarathon by Ira
We felt an immediate affinity with this book as we learnt
all about the Green Man challenge when we delivered an off-road running seminar
at the MOTI running and triathlon store in Bristol a few years ago. Phil is a
Woodwose as he has completed the challenge and Ed, as many of you know, used to
be a fat man and struggles to keep his weight down.
Here is Ed's review:-
This is a very honest book about training for a big
challenge and it chronicles the ups and downs of Ira's progress towards his
goal. It is written in a very readable style, with a gentle, self-deprecating
sense of humour which draws you in and makes you want to read page after page
without putting it down. There is a bit of science in there as well because Ira
was tested at the Human Performance Centre in Bath. The initial results were
not very flattering. I know how that feels, I had some tests once and they came
back 'BMI results a lot higher than would be expected for an endurance
When I first flicked through the book I though the chapters
that covered, in some detail, the training Ira completed each month would be
tedious. I was wrong. When I sat down and read the book those were the sections
I found the most absorbing.
If you've trained for a big event you will find this book comfortingly
familiar. If you haven't you will have a text book about what you will be going
through if you take on a challenge.
Like all good stories it has a twist in the tale. I can
thoroughly recommend this book.
Here's the link to get a copy.