Over the holidays I was able to finally sit down and read some of the books that I have been dying to read. One of them being, Running Home, by Alisha Perkins. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Alisha, she is married to Glen Perkins, the Minnesota Twins pitcher.
I was first “introduced” to Alisha and her writing in an article in either the Pioneer Press or The Star Tribune. Alisha bravely opened up about her battle with anxiety. Coincidentally enough, she experienced it postpartum as well as about a year after her daughter was born. My mother-in-law shared the article and suggested that I take a read.
I read it and for the first time in a long time I was motivated…motivated to run that is. Alisha shared how she copes with her anxiety on a daily basis and one of the biggest tools in her toolbox was running. So, I thought, if this helps her, I might as well give it a try. I hadn’t taken a run for months, but the winter was finally giving way to spring and the roads were more wet than icy, so I thought I might as well give it a try.
I ran that first day and I thought I was going to die from exhaustion, but you know what? I wasn’t thinking about my anxiety. I decided that was a win. Slowly, I continued running and it kept getting a little easier everyday and my mileage increased, and eventually I started feeling that “running high” that Alisha was always talking about.
God always has a plan. Right around the same time that I took up running on my own, a coach from Moms on the Run reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in joining. My hubby was of course so supportive, so I went to that first practice, scared and by myself, but I did it.
You’re probably thinking, I thought this was a book review. Don’t worry, I’m getting to that 🙂 I kept meeting that running group every Saturday morning and my love for running continued to grow. Soon the summer was winding down and I had logged multiple 5k races and even a 10k. I was pretty proud of myself.
Moms on the Run also hosted an end of the year banquet, and wouldn’t you know that Alisha Perkins was the guest speaker this year. Yep, the same woman who inspired me to start running in the first place. Unfortunately, I was out of town for that banquet, but my sweet friend, Brianna, went and brought me back a souvenir. Alisha’s first book, Running Home.
Now to my review 🙂 The book is broken up into chapters by the races that Alisha has ran. Many of them took place in Minnesota, which was fun to read about. She talks about her victories and failures. She opens up about her anxiety, illness, relationships with friends, family, and her husband.
Alisha is a real runner. She shares about the multiple times she has found herself in the middle of the race having to go to the bathroom with no facility around. Warning! She gives details…as a mom I wasn’t phased, but I guess some might be.
Knowing Alisha’s story, I was a little nervous to read her book to tell you the truth. When you go through something traumatic like a severe episode of anxiety the last thing you want to do is read an entire book bringing up all of your past memories. So, maybe subconsciously I put off reading the book until I was really ready to “face” what I thought I was going to be confronted with.
But, to my pleasant surprise, Alisha doesn’t deny her anxiety or pretend it’s not there, but she also doesn’t focus on it. She talks about how she can feel anxiety coming back on when she’s not logging the miles, she talks about how it’s one of the best anti-depressants for her, but she doesn’t dwell on it.
What I loved about Running Home:
- Alisha is real. She’s real with her feelings, she’s real about her obstacles and her problems.
- I loved that even though the book wasn’t all about her anxiety, she doesn’t deny it and doesn’t pretend that it’s not there.
- The chapters being broken into races. It made for a very fast read and I enjoyed learning about some races that I may want to run someday.
- It made me want to run! I’ve been missing it since I’ve been pregnant and I just can’t wait to make running a part of my routine again!
What I didn’t love about Running Home:
There really wasn’t anything that I didn’t love. I would say if you’re looking for a literary type of a book this isn’t for you. It’s informal, real, and a fun read!
If you’re a running or an aspiring runner, I suggest reading this book. You will enjoy it and it will motivate you! Want to learn more about Alisha? Check out her website. Happy reading!
Three items I’m grateful for:
– Awesome co-workers!
– The sale of our home.
– That God is opening new chapters in our life.
Blessings to you and your loved ones!