Running: Cheaper than Therapy

Running: Cheaper than Therapy

I bought this based on the title. I assumed I was buying a self help guide to how running can improve your mental health. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

To be honest I think I need to go back into therapy after reading this, having got quite angry at how I’d be duped into the purchase.

  • Author: Chas Newkey-Burden

  • 1st Published:  2017

  • Pages:  208

  • Reviewed by: Simon Linklater

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“Never judge a book by it’s cover”. In my defence I didn’t even bother looking at the cover. All I read was the title and assumed this was some kind of self-help book, explaining how good running was for mental health. Is it f**k.

This book is bollocks!!

There is almost nothing original in it. There is some advice in there which feels like it’s been copied from google. There are stories from some famous runners. Some of which I’ve heard or read before.

Funny runner signs is another page filling feature which made me chuckle a few times. What really pissed me off was the “Runners You Know” feature. The author tries to describe different types of runners, more often than not exaggerating to try and be funny. I wasn’t laughing. In fact I found them insulting. It felt like he was laughing at the expense of runners who are passionate about what they do. I know it wasn’t meant that way but for me it just didn’t work.

Don’t buy this book! It’s a waste of money and a waste of time reading it.

Oh and next time you think about purchasing a book based purely on the title, take some time to read the description. I won’t be making that mistake again.

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