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  • What Running Across Mountains Taught Me About Life
  • By: Jenny Tough
  • Narrated by: Jenny Tough
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Solo

By: Jenny Tough
Narrated by: Jenny Tough
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Publisher's Summary

'I had a big cry—then I kept going'

Growing up in the Canadian Rockies, the mountains have always been home for Jenny Tough. Travelling the world, she's always discovered commonalities with mountains—and mountain people. Her major project is to run solo and unsupported across a mountain range on every continent where indigenous mountain people live isolated from the outside, urban world. Running solo and unsupported comes with obvious logistical as well as physical challenges, but running is also a common language—all people around the world do it—and it has always helped build connections across barriers of language and nationality.

Solo is the account of one woman's mission to run solo and unsupported across mountain ranges on six continents—overcoming obstacles, conquering fears and finding the joy in achieving her goals absolutely alone.

CHAPTERS INCLUDE:

Too Close to the Edge - details of my 25-day run across Kyrgyzstan

Running Sucks - a history of my bumpy start into running

I Don't Believe it Myself - achieving my goal to run across Kyrgyzstan and returning home to adjust to the new me 

Running Home - my 930-km journey across the Canadian Rockies

©2022 Jenny Tough (P)2022 Octopus Publishing Group

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Inspiring adventure

One of my favourite’s for sure. Truly inspiring tale of adventure that makes you want to get out there and create your own.

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An epic feat

I'm blown away by what Jenny achieved. I can't even fathom her level of resilience and stamina to keep going. Her narration is lovely and this book is well written.

I did struggle with some content though. Particularly her attitude to the Gendarmarie in the Atlas mountains. 'When in Rome..' is a good attitude to have and Jenny refused to acknowledge that things are different for women in different countries and that would therefore affect her when she was there. It felt quite disrespectful of a different culture (even though we ultimately disagree with that culture's attitudes). The Gendarmarie were ultimately trying to protect her because if something happened to her in their town, they would be in serious trouble. They weren't trying to be a**holes. I understand her frustration but still, it was disrespectful.

Also the blasé attitude to the dangers in New Zealand. People can die out in the wilderness here and she did not take that seriously. She definitely got by on luck at times.

All in all, an epic feat and one very few people could ever achieve, or even consider is a good idea!! Well done Jenny :)

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Totally inspirational

Truly epic and phenomenal challenge that Jenny set for herself and achieved.
Very easy and flowing listen, written in a totally down to earth and easy to relate to tone.
I read lots of this genre and this is one of my favourite. Found myself equally admiring her for the the seriously difficult challenges she went through, while being totally entertained at the same time.
Particularly love the New Zealand Southern Alps section. A bit of light relief from the extreme hardships of all the other mountain ranges.

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Inspirational and epic adventure!!

Fantastic book! loved every minute of it and the narration was easy to listen too. (Nothing worse than a great story being ruined by a bad narrator)
I'm sure Jenny has inspired countless young women to follow in her footsteps and I have to say she inspired this 30 something year old to get back out on the trails! Can't wait to watch the documentary!

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Another world

Thank you Jenny for taking my imagination away from my day job and into a life I hope to experience myself one day. Much love from another fellow ultra runner

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Perfect companion on my own travels

I listened to this while out training for my own adventure. Jenny was a welcome companion and I learned a lot from her experiences. We'll worth your time!

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Amazing adventurer, inspired

I came across Jenny Tough through a friends Instagram story, whilst not really following her I did see a post for her new book Solo. As a mediocre runner I’m always looking for inspiration. This book did not disappoint.

Jenny’s determination, strength and ability shone through her story telling and through her experiences as an ‘athlete’. Loved hearing the ups and the downs of her journeys whilst feeling frustrated with the male species at times.

Looking forward to watching, hearing and reading more of her adventures after thoroughly enjoying her book. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

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