I purchased the paperback version of this book – not once – but twice! It seems everyone but me has run the London Marathon and Terry's "Fat Guy Runs a Marathon" blog has been required reading in our house in the months leading up to the London Marathon. As soon as I knew there was to be a book of the blog, I sent off for my copy. Unfortunately, it arrived at the same day and hour as my dad called round, and he left with my copy of "Fat Guy Runs a Marathon" tucked under his arm.
Written in diary form, Terry holds nothing back, and wryly recounts his journey from couch potato to a not so lean but extremely keen running machine. Along the way there's also good advice – or rather Terry's experience – on fund raising.
There are laugh out loud moments, "I sneaked off for a crafty 3.5 mile run without telling my legs or my brain …" moments of searing honesty, and also elation as the fat guy reaches and surpasses personal milestones. As Terry observes; a tough journey but ultimately rewarding. At the time of writing this review, I searched for my copy for a reference point, and the bad news is it has run away again. This book is obviously irresistible to marathon runners, or those who harbour a secret ambition to run a marathon.