Strides This book is about how a man’s addiction to running saved him from his addiction to alcohol. It shows how he went from being an ambitious and likeable youngster to becoming a hard-drinking bitter and angry man. It tells how the drinking life ended a marriage, cost him his teaching career, and nearly lost the love of his children. It describes the gradual, magical way a return to running eventually got him on the road to recovery and reconciliation. And in a triumphant Epilogue, it tells how he ran over 200 races of 26 miles or more, 62 of those 50 miles or more, and 19 of those 100 miles or more. This book is not all grim. The author promises the reader will laugh.