James loves to write, but he doesn't like to brag. Just kidding, he totally loves to brag. And refer to himself in the third person. Because both those things are cool. Right?
James Duckett is a founder and Chief Technology Officer of the Authors' Think Tank Facebook Group and Podcast. He wrote his first story in the 2nd grade and has been excited about writing ever since. He wrote his first book when he was 14, but one of his friends did the world a favor and accidentally threw it away.
“Pushing the Wall: A Memoir” is his first book. A contemporary romance (yeah, you read that right) novella will appear in an anthology on March 31st, 2015. He's introverted, geeky, funny looking, unpredictable, and easily distracted by the latest gadgets.
What kind of idiot would run a marathon without training for it first? Me.
Sure, I’d heard all the horror stories. Endurance athletes always fear “hitting the wall,” that point where the body runs out of energy and, BAM! Roadkill. With no conditioning, I feared smashing into this wall hard enough to leave a dent.
I wanted to train for the 2010 St. George Marathon, but after breaking my foot, the only marathon I could handle was on Netflix. When the race came, I just wanted to pick up the shirt I paid for, but peer pressure and the energy of the other 7,000 runners convinced me to go for it. My plan? Push the wall past the finish line. Then I could grab some ice cream, crawl into my truck, and drive home.
This memoir details my love/hate affair with running, why I didn’t prepare, and how I survived 26.2 grueling miles that I had no business attempting. This book also includes running tips for anybody looking to maximize their training experience, covering topics like:
- Finding the right running pace
- Speed workouts
- Running safely at night
- Tapering and carb-loading before a race
- Basic first aid for runners
- Injury prevention
- And more!
It’s whimsical, yet educational. It’s whimsucational!
Foreward by Aaron Metler, winner of the 2010 and 2014 St. George Marathons.
"Who should play me in a movie? If Chris Farley wasn't dead, he'd be perfect. We both have such amazing bodies and energy! The skit where he's giving advice to some troubled youth after drinking 20 cups of coffee, yeah... I get like that now and then. But, alas, he's not around anymore. So let's give it to Leonardo DiCaprio, because it might be his chance to get an Oscar!
And now for my favorite part of a blog tour! I asked for who Author James Duckett would pick to play the main actor (himself) if his memoir was made into a movie! This is the reply I received.
And, you are going to love this, the foreward to my book was written by Aaron "McLovin" Metler. His nickname is McLovin because he looks totally like an actor named Christopher Mintz-Plasse. He did some movie where he got a fake ID that read McLovin, and Aaron and him could be twins. I haven't seen the movie so I can't comment on mannerisms or anything, but he's got a poster of him hanging in the office and it is hilarious!"