Books About Running

I've just updated my blog with a post about three books on running that have taught me a lot.

The blog URL is in my sig.

Alan

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  • Have you read Ultra Marathon Man?
  • No, not yet. It's on my "must read" list, but I confess I've been put off by Dean Karnazes' self-aggrandizing style. Will get to it eventually...

    Alan
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    No, not yet. It's on my "must read" list, but I confess I've been put off by Dean Karnazes' self-aggrandizing style. Will get to it eventually...

    Alan


    Wasn't planning to post anything tonight, just was going to catch up and actually reply tomorrow, but I had to log in to say that I agree with this!! He's a shameless self promoter, most of the time. I'm sure 1 on 1 he's probably a nice guy, but still...
  • Well I thought the book was fantastic. I could barely put it down. I read it in 2 days so I definitely recommend it.
  • As I said, it's on my "must read" list, Karnazes' ego notwithstanding. <g>

    Alan
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    Well I thought the book was fantastic. I could barely put it down. I read it in 2 days so I definitely recommend it.


    No offense meant of course - that's just my impression of Dean K. I'm sure the book is good.
  • I'm on chapter 10 of, "Born To Run," by Christopher McDougall now.  It is a very interesting read, and very informative.  Picked it up yesterday at Barnes and Noble.
  • Good to hear you're enjoying it!

    Alan
  • I definitely want to give it a read when I get the chance.
  • Don't wait! Do it now! :)
  • haha, I'm reading several other books at the moment!
  • you convinced me to pick up Born to run.  Thank you.
    -rodger
  • I hope you enjoy it, Rodger - and look forward to reading your comments when you have.

    Alan
  • Finished Born to Run last week.  I highly recommend this book!!
  • I'd recommend for the beginning runner "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running" by Bill Rodgers. It's got me up to about 30 mins of actual running (started off with 1 minute intervals of running). It has a great 4 week program of exercises to get from never having run before to running for 30 mins. I started over when I got my KSO's and now run exclusively in them.
  • For Canadians, the same kind of excellent beginners' information can be found in John Stanton's "Running Room's Book on Running" or the shorter "From Start to Finish." The former can be found at http://tinyurl.com/l2wfk3.

    (Just be sure to ignore the chapter on choosing the correct shoe.  :D)

    Alan
  • finished born to run this past weekend, haven't really had time to post.  It was a great book thanks for the recommendation, i really enjoyed it.  It's awesome to know that we our made to do something that so few still do.  I'm glad that some are getting back to basics and having fun while doing it!
  • Yes!!!

    Alan
  • I'm a fan of running literature and stories.  My favorites are (in no particular order):

    The classic Once a Runner and the sequel Again to Carthage by the infamous John L Parker
    And Then the Vulture Eats You short stories from ultra runners compiled by the famous coach Hal Higdon
    Following the Flame by Greg Lautenslager (similar in theme to Once a Runner)
    Flannagan's Run by Tom McNabb (an epic 1931 footrace from Los Angeles to New York City)
  • Last week I bought Born To Run for my Kindle. By the time I finished reading it I had already ordered two hardcover copies as well. I will use one to highlight, dog-ear, and scribble notes in, and the other will be kept pristine so I can enjoy reading it again in the future, or lending it out to friends to encourage them to read books I've found very enjoyable. I do this with a lot of books.

    Based on another thread on the board somewhere I picked up Tim Noakes's Lore of Running. I haven't dug into it yet, but I probably will start this holiday weekend. I also just read an article on Sports Illustrated, which is from Ultramarathon by James Shapiro. I can't believe people raced 24hr nonstop on a tiny track.

    Article Link: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1123639/1/index.htm
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