I’m a sucker for reading about long distance running or biking or walking or any long distance activity.Â I don’t want to do it necessarily.Â (Definitely not the running part.)Â But I find it fascinating to read about.
These are just a few of the books that I’ve read along the way.
“Growing up in Yakima, Washington, NoÃ© Ãlvarez worked at an apple-packing plant alongside his mother, who â€œslouched over a conveyor belt of fruit, shoulder to shoulder with mothers conditioned to believe this was all they could do with their lives.â€ A university scholarship offered escape, but as a first-generation Latino college-goer, Ãlvarez struggled to fit in.
At nineteen, he learned about a Native American/First Nations movement called the Peace and Dignity Journeys, epic marathons meant to renew cultural connections across North America. He dropped out of school and joined a group of DenÃ©, SecwÃ©pemc, Gitxsan, Dakelh, Apache, Tohono Oâ€™odham, Seri, PurÃ©pecha, and Maya runners, all fleeing difficult beginnings. Telling their stories alongside his own, Ãlvarez writes about a four-month-long journey from Canada to Guatemala that pushed him to his limits. He writes not only of overcoming hunger, thirst, and fearâ€•dangers included stone-throwing motorists and a mountain lionâ€•but also of asserting Indigenous and working-class humanity in a capitalist society where oil extraction, deforestation, and substance abuse wreck communities.”