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The Running Drug

This was a good book I read recently by Tim Beynon. The title caught my eye because I thought it might be about something akin to runner’s high, with the drug being endorphins or endocannabinoids. It is about how running is a major psychological booster for the author, but it is much more, as it tells the inspiring story of how he fought his way through a rare form of early-onset prostate cancer in his 40s. This required major prostate surgery and a tough rehab. This made the prostate procedure I just had on Monday seem minor indeed by comparison.

During rehab Tim did a lot of walking, then finally worked his way back to his favorite activity, running. As he started to ramp up the distance he could run, he needed a challenge to motivate him, and set his sights on the following year’s London marathon. This would be to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, who had been helpful to him in his recovery. He also wanted to raise awareness for early prostate screening (PSA testing) for young men, because he might have had a much worse outcome if his cancer had not been caught early during a free screening by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

The book continues with the author’s effort to do fundraising, as well as his training and eventual running of the London Marathon 2019 (in a respectable time of 4 hours 20 minutes).

Having been set back to square one by health challenges multiple times myself, I am always inspired to read stories of people bouncing back. I especially enjoyed this one as the author is a good writer and his challenge was severe.

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