The Pants of Perspective

The Pants of Perspective

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When I ran, I ran for pleasure. I didn't run for times, to win, to impress: I ran for me. When I ran my bum cheeks rubbed together, so much so that if I was going on a long run I'd have to 'lube up'. I maintained that I was not a 'real' runner - I just liked to run so that I could eat cake.

Anna was never anything like those 'real' runners on telly - all spindly limbs, tiny shorts and split times - but when she read about New Zealand's 3,000-kilometre-long Te Araroa Trail, she began to wonder... perhaps being a 'real' runner was overrated. Maybe she could just run it anyway?

Travelling alone through New Zealand's backcountry for 148 days, she scrambled through forests, along ridge-lines, over mountain passes, along beaches and across swollen rivers. Running up to 52 kilometres in a day, she slept wild most nights, and was taken into the homes and hearts of the kiwi people in between.

The Pants of Perspective is a witty, colourful and at times painfully raw account of a journey to the edge of what a woman believes herself to be capable of. It is a coming-of-age story which will lead you on a roller coaster ride through fear, vulnerability, courage and failure. For anyone who has ever dreamt of taking on a great challenge, but felt too afraid to begin - this story is for you.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 438 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 24.64mm | 471.74g
  • Teddington, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 199976580X
  • 9781999765804
  • 24,249

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"A thrilling coming of age journey that'll make you yearn for adventure" - RUNNER'S WORLD

"Beaming with limitless positivity and ambition" - WOMEN'S RUNNING

"A story that inspires others to blaze a trail." - THE GUARDIAN

"She's rough, she's tough, she's Anna McNuff!"- PAUL ROSS, TALK RADIO

"This is travel with a difference... Anna McNuff is one of the most influential travellers of our time" - CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER
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2,563 ratings
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3 12% (317)
2 2% (60)
1 1% (23)
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