His regular running buddy and fellow bomb technician, Ricky, had some pretty good running advice. Life is a race, but not like a marathon, with a set distance. "It's not the distance that's set, it's the time . . . and you don't get to see how much time is left. . . . Forget the starter's pistol. There is a finisher's pistol, and it could go off at any time. You are concentrating so hard on how far you run that you have ignored how well you run. Or enjoyed the steps you are taking today. Learn from me. I enjoyed each of my steps. Are you enjoying yours?" Good stuff. And you have to love a book whose last line is, "The next day, I put on my shoes and go for a run."
Here's hoping you don't have bombs going off around you, but whether you do or not, enjoy life, run well, and be ready for that finisher's pistol.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and the publisher, Random House/Doubleday for the complimentary digital review copy!
Read more about Castner at his blog, Fever Dreams.