An enjoyable read. The title is very true. It is not about running. The author takes us along his life journey, its ups and downs and candidly discusses all his fears, hopes, and passions. Since the author is based in Egypt, readers get a good glimpse of what it is like for a young accomplished physician/runner to try to make it through life's struggles in contemporary Egypt, and try to make reason of what happens, and what does not happen, on the national, social and personal level. Highly recommended reading for young Egyptians, and also non-Egyptians, hoping for a better future.
It's Not Just About Running: Reflections on Life and Change in Egypt
A. I. Shoukry, author
Author A. I. Shoukry describes his running moments like a window with a sunrise view for a prisoner kept in solitary confinement. After witnessing a revolution in Egypt, running twice for the parliamentary elections, and being a former leader of two political parties, he decided to take a break from politics and start running. From being barely able to run 2k, he became a half-marathon runner aged 39. However, this book isn't just about running; it's about a runner's reflections on life, change, and the love of running in Egypt. It's a memoir about self-discovery and searching for freedom and love of life. It's about the integration of body, mind, and soul. It's about family and friends, relationships, and work. In this book, Shoukry explores the meanings of faith, pain, stress, fear, death, life, solitude, happiness, and passion. He has truly put his heart on paper. If you've ever dreamed of running--for your health, for your mind, for therapy, or even for parliament, this book is for you. Whether you're a newbie runner, a seasoned pro, or have never donned a pair of running shoes but want to start--open this book and start running with Ahmed through Egypt.