I loved this book. The reasons that I loved it are probably largely personal, not because I am a runner, but because I want to try running to help my mental health.
This book is not just about running, nor is it just about mental health, but it is about both and how they can be connected. Bella Mackie delves honestly into her own life, mental health and relationship with running, as well as including her research and other people’s stories. I found that this was the perfect mixture to be informative whilst still engaging.
Mackie’s tone and views are what I love most about this book. Her views about mental health align a lot with my own and her tone felt friendly and natural. I never felt belittled whilst reading this book, and I never felt like Mackie was dismissive of anyone’s own views or experiences. Instead I found encouragement, honesty and informative statistics and stories.
The way that Mackie talks about running was perfect for me. She says that it can be a tool to help with mental health, but it is not a magic cure. She is also honest about the ups and downs of running and how it is not easy, especially if you have not previously been very active.
Overall, I feel ready to give running a go thanks to this book and I know that with Mackie’s advice and experience, I will give it my best shot.
If you are struggling with your mental health, are looking to take up running or want to learn more about mental health, then this could well be a book for you. I know that I would highly recommend it.