If You Can Dream It, It Can HappenIn This Heartening Book, Boston Marathon Race Director And Motivational Speaker David McGillivray Shares The Challenges He Has Overcome To Inspire Readers To Similar Triumphs In Their Own LivesAlways The Last Pick For Team Sports Because Of His Small Stature, David McGillivray Drove Himself To Excel At Individual Sports Whe He Was , He Set Himself Up For The One Failure That Would Motivate The Rest Of His Life He Attempted To Run In His First Boston Marathon Without Training For The Event Not Crossing The Finish Line Could Have Been A Crushing Blow Instead He Went On To Complete Marathons And Eventually To Become The Boston Marathon S Race DirectorAt Age , McGillivray Completed His Celebrated , Mile Run Across The United States To Raise Money For Cancer Research The Story Of His Journey And What He Learned About Himself Will Give All Readers A New Understanding Of How To Prepare For And Achieve Success McGillivray S Many Accomplishments Will Convince Readers That Virtually Any Goal Is Possible This Book Will Motivate Them To Overcome The Mental Obstacles That Often Keep Dreams From Becoming Reality This book helped me in quite a few ways First, it made me look forward to cardio days because they were my chance to read in peace Second, because I was having a cruddy day before I picked it up, and it gave me reasons to think I could get past my cruddy day Third, Holy Inspiration, Batman Any time you step back from a challenge because you think you can t, think again If you were the last one picked for insert gym sport here , or if you were the first one picked, read this Thank you, Dave You gave an awesome keynote at the Runner s World Half last year, and I hope I can shake your hand again at the 10k Across the Bay in November This week s book was The Last Pick by David J McGillivray with Linda Glass Fechter and was published in 2006 It s the autobiographical story of Mr McGillivray who grew up to be the race director of the Boston Marathon He was also the technical director from 1988 2001 Basically, he grew up to be short 5ft 3 in and this profoundly affected his life and his attitude about his life Because he was so short, few believed in his atheletic ability and hence he was always the last pick.As a young man, he goes on to become an accoplished runner in high school and college and then he becomes one the first hand full of people to run across the continental U.S roughly 3,400 miles His story is an interesting one, but I got tired of hearing about his being short He seems to have to mention it every 10 pages Aside from this minor shortcoming pun intended , the story is a good, heartwarming tale and the author comes across as a very good man.One thing I found interesting was there was no mention of the WS100 Considering it s supposed to be one the oldest and most prestigious ultra runs, I thought it would at least rate a reference I guess when you ve run 3,400 miles in 80 days, 100 in 24 Hrs is no big deal. Loved this book This is a man who was last picked in athletics as a boy because he was so short He did not make high school sports and was often teased He decided to work really hard and challenge himself to prove to himself and others that he was exceptional and his size was not a handicap It is an inspiring book about if you think you can, you will find a way This man has done some amazing unthinkable things and was able to accomplish them because he believed he could I related to a lot as a runner but even if you are not a runner, you will enjoy this book and learn great things Love his quotes and life lessons I am so interested in finding out what else he has to do in the future. Fun book to read It sure gave me new motivation to keep in shape, set lofty goals and work hard to achieve them He has accomplished a lot Right after I finished, I went out and signed up for 15K run He has also done much good in his life Running a mile for every year old you are on every birthday, is quite the achievment for someone over 50 3.5 stars Slow going in the first 50 pages or so and tough to follow at some points throughout the book as it jumps back and forth in time The best parts are his descriptions of his run across the US and other such endeavors Lots of life lessons in the book, and he is certainly a great example of how we could all make a difference in the world. Above and beyond the guy is an egomaniac, but at least he admits it in a chapter titled The Ego In spite of this, it does serve as a motivational book for runners Very interesting to see all the prep work, then effort to run across the country, all while thinking that could never happen these days. Very interesting read about the man behind the Boston Marathon and so much.Mind boggling to read about all of his accomplishments, and he is so humble and generous and sincere not to mention driven Full disclosure if you didn t already know, I have the deepest admiration for the Boston Marathon and the runners who work so hard to qualify for the race It would be a challenge to find a book related to the Boston Marathon that I wouldn t love, just because the topic is so near and dear to my heart That being said, I really enjoyed this book The writing style was fun to read Dave writes just like he talks His accomplishments are astounding and I appreciated the way he described the preparation, execution, and aftermath of some of them My favorite part about reading this book about a subject I love so much Learning how incredibly philanthropic McGillivray is When I finished the book, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes Life s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others MLKjr. I enjoyed this book a lot than I thought I would A funny, inspirational book, it s not just about running and Dave s race organizations Life, metaphors etc great read
Besides running across the country in the seventies, when he was not old enough to know better , Dave McGillivray runs his age in miles every birthday For than 25 years, he has brought running to thousands and has provided guidance to Running USA in countless ways He is also the director of the BAA Boston Marathon.
- 256 pages
- The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon Race Director's Road to Success
- David J. McGillivray
- 13 June 2018 David J. McGillivray