Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Book Review with a side of DOMS

I mentioned last week that I had won a copy of Running from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti through a Runners' Lounge Giveaway.

A RACE AGAINST EVIL…

Emma Caldridge, a chemist for a cosmetics company, is en route from Miami to Bogotá when her plane is hijacked and spins out of control into the mountains near the Venezuelan border. Thrown unhurt from the wreckage, she can do nothing but watch as guerillas take the others hostage.

An endurance marathon runner, Emma silently trails the guerillas and their captives, using her athletic prowess and scientific knowledge to stay alive. Those skills become essential when she discovers an injured passenger, secret government agent Cameron Sumner, separated from the group. Together they follow the hostages, staying one step ahead by staying one step behind.
Meanwhile, as news of the hijacking breaks in Washington, the Department of Defense turns to Edward Banner, former military and current CEO of a security consulting firm, for help. Banner quickly sends a special task force to the crash site, intent on locating the survivors before it’s too late.

But finding Emma and Sumner is only the beginning, as Banner starts to realize that Emma was on a personal mission when the plane went down. There is more to the beautiful, talented biochemist than anyone ever imagined, for in her possession is a volatile biological weapon in an ingenious disguise, that her enemies have set for auction to the highest bidder.


Visit the website here.

The story is fast-paced and suspenseful and although it is not necessarily about running, ultra-marathoner Emma will make you feel like a wuss the next time you want to complain about being sore/tired/hungry. Definitely recommend!


I woke up today with some delayed onset muscle soreness from Sunday. Apparently barrelling through the woods for 10 8 kilometres can do a number on the body. (STILL waiting on results, btw.) My ankles are a little achy, but my arms are killing me! Must have been from all those times pulling myself out of the water and yanking myself up using ropes. (Note to self: work on uppper body strength.)

Still, I was able to enjoy a moderately paced 8K (5mi) this evening without issue.

Tomorrow it's back to the track!

21 comments:

Zorbs said...

re: upper body strength

I don't know too many other distance runners besides me who can do unassisted pullups and 50 real pushups ;)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Sounds like the GOOD kind of sore, though.

Probably worked muscles that normally take it easy. Go figure!

yumke said...

Ah, you and your racing schedule!

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

Hey Marlene - "running fiction" is a whole new genre I know nothing about! Am OBSESSED with running non-fiction at the moment, so will have to give it a go. Good luck at the track tomorrow!

lindsay said...

those mud runs and the upper body workouts they sneak in are tricky! i am having some doms myself from doing some pushups. i could barely peel my tank top off after my run today - my shoulders/arms/back hurt so bad! (good, but bad)

i've heard a few things about this book recently - it sounds like one i will need to check out soon!

Running Around Acres said...

I won that book from Amy at Runner's Lounge a few weeks ago. Haven't cracked the cover yet but plan to read it this weekend.

Congrats on getting back out there. And upper body strength - most of us need that.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

the doms is your reminder of a job well done :) great review, may need to borrow that from ya one day!

I Run for Fun said...

Thanks for the book review. It's been a while since I 've read such fast, suspense-filled books, so I may just pick it up.

Blyfinn said...

good luck with the track tomorrow

Jamie said...

thanks for the review! I keep meaning to pick that book up.

congrats on getting back out there despite the (good) soreness. good luck at the track!

Jess said...

Thanks for the review. I haven't heard of that book but it sounds like it might be a good read!

M-Rah said...

If you don't have a gym membership or weights at home--you can still train your upper body with no equipment! Pushups (plyometric, modified or incline on a bench), dips on a chair/bench, and bi-curls and tri-kickbacks using cans, candles, laundry detergent, or anything heavy from around the house will definitely help tone you up and give your upper body that edge in training!!

D10 said...

Way to fight the soreness. I think as runners we forget about upper body strength.

JenZen said...

I there with ya on the upper body wuss arms. Ha! The book sounds really interesting. I'll have to pick it up.

J said...

Yay for track workouts! I really have to get that book to read!

Heather said...

That sounds like a good book, thanks for the review.

Good luck on the track workout!

Jo Lynn said...

Hey there,
Regarding your comment on my blog. YOUR story sounds so familiar to me! My dad took off when I was 6 years old. I'm the youngest of 4 kids. Do the best you can, while you can. It's really hard, this I can tell you. Especially feeling like you don't want to betray your mom in any way, right? My heart goes out to you. I will keep you in my thoughts.

theangrydieter said...

Thanks for the book review! I have looked at this book before and couldn't decide if it was worth the $$, but I think I might get it!

X-Country2 said...

I love that kind of sore. The "I WORKED this weekend!" sore. :o)

Ted said...

Thanks for the book review. I have to remind myself to pick up a book. I wouldn't be surprised if this will turn into a movie. I think Kara Goucher should be the actress this time.

Lacey Nicole said...

oooh that book sounds great! i want to read it :) i have my first trail race this saturday,.. have ZERO idea what to expect! :)