TROY, N.Y. — Troy native and standout runner Tom Bulger recently published a book about his running career.
“A Runner's Memories, Dreams, Reflections,” published by The Troy Book Makers, represents the author’s 40 years of writing about distance running.
As a runner and coach himself, Bulger has compiled different topics and stories of interest to distance runners. The book includes descriptions of various races, local, national, and international; brief portraits of a variety of distance runners; advice about training and recovering from injury; and a host of other issues relating to distance running.
The overarching purpose of the book, Bulger said, is how distance running remarkably parallels one’s existence and is a metaphor for an individual’s life.
Bulger ran in hundreds of races, with a marathon best of 2:28.
Beyond participating in the sport, Bulger has been writing about running for more than 40 years. From 1982 to 1988, he was the running columnist for The Record. A number of his best columns appear in the book. He also wrote for the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club’s magazine The Pacesetter. He has been very active with this club, serving as its president and as a volunteer at races, before becoming a member of the HMRRC Hall of Fame.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, the University at Albany and the University of Rochester, from which he earned his Ph.D. in English literature, Bulger was a professor of English literature at Siena College for 30 years. At Siena, he was the founder and first coach of the women’s cross country team for five years and was assistant coach of the men’s cross country team for three years.
Published in January 2021, Bulger calls “A Runner's Memories, Dreams, Reflections” a by-product of COVID-19. “The genesis of this book is due to the pandemic,” he explains in the preface. “Searching for a project to occupy my time during the enforced social distancing, I decided to put together some of the essays and articles I have composed over the years about running.”
In reviewing his old work, it came as a shock to Bulger that he’s been writing about running issues for more than four decades. He was also surprised at how many of his stories still entertained him to this day, and decided to share the highlights from his extensive collection.
“A Runner's Memories, Dreams, Reflections” includes a lot of good running advice offered by a variety of people, Bulger said, along with philosophical comments on the importance of running, a bit of humor and some entertaining anecdotes.
Copies of “A Runner's Memories, Dreams, Reflections” are available for sale at Market Block Books in downtown Troy, The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany and through The Troy Book Makers online at shoptbmbooks.com.
Locals interested in purchasing a book can also email Bulger at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting.