I've read a few running books, some inspirational and others more technique based but Why I Run is by far the best running book I've ever read! The book is full of stories of either Mark himself or of fellow runners and I swear I was either smiling from ear to ear, crying because I was so touched by a story or laughing out loud because I could totally relate. This book CAPTURES what it feels like to be a runner and the joy, ecstasy, dedication and yes, sometimes pain of training for a race from start to finish. If you're a runner or you know someone who is, GET THIS BOOK!! I promise you, it will be your favorite running book!!! Especially if you've taken a longer than planned siesta from running and don't know where to get the passion to start again. This book will move you...literally. BUY IT!!!!