First off, let me say that the 24 hour flu that I thought I had really turned out to be more of a 36 hour variety. I thought I was feeling better, dropped the kids off at school, went to work and then decided to try to eat something with substance. Thankfully, it didn’t come back up but it really, really wanted to. I left work and collapsed on the couch for 6 hours sleeping it off. I’m feeling almost back to normal except my muscles are super stiff. Lying in the fetal position for hours and hours will do that to you! Yesterday morning, I rolled out my yoga mat for a gentle practice that loosened it all up. Hopefully, I’ll have enough energy back to attempt a run today.
One of my goals for 2013 is to read at least six books. I love to read but it’s gone by the wayside as life gets busier. I also have a little blog reading habit that’s getting in the way. I’ve read five books so far this year (yay me!). I actually feel a little ashamed admitting that it’s ONLY been five books. Kind of sad when there was a time I’d read five books in a month!
A couple of the books that I’ve read so far this year have been all about running. Why not? I love talking about it so why not read about it? The following 5 books are my favorite running related books (so far). Four of the books I have on Kindle that I re-read often. Every time I do, I find myself more and more in love with running.
By far, my favorite running book. Kristin makes me want to lace up my running shoes, find a running buddy and just GO! The way she applies life lessons to running is perfect.I found myself shaking my head “YES!” so many times the first time I read it. I’ve re-read it countless number of times and never tire of it. Her postings on Runner’s World website are what inspired the book. The new postings are something that I look forward to. She has a way of saying exactly what you need at the right time even though you may not know you need it.
Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother are two more books that I find myself reading over and over. The stories are of real women, with real lives and still are serious bad ass mother runners (BAMR for short). I don’t think you even necessarily have to be a mother to enjoy both books. Reading the stories makes you feel like you are talking with friends on a long run. Dimity and Sarah have created a tribe of mother runners that seriously kick butt. FYI – there will be a live streaming of an evening with Dimity and Training Peaks tonight, July 24, discussing the 10 Truths of Running for Mother Runners – or Busy People. Click HERE for the link or if you live in Boulder, CO show up in person!
4. Born to Run
This book sparked the barefoot running revolution, no doubt. Of course, it peaked my interest in more natural running but it also made me even more excited about running. The story of a people who run because it’s part of them. It’s not about pace and splits. It’s about the experience and the enjoyment that comes from running. The one main point I always take from this book after reading it, is running is not something I have to do. It’s something that I get to do. If you are a runner, you get this. If you are not, read this book and you might understand it a little bit more.
5. Eat and Run
From the moment I started to read, Eat and Run, I was hooked. Not because I always wanted to run an ultra but because Scott grew up in the area that I went to college. In fact, he even talks about training with one of my professors. His early training was in areas that I knew about. Skiing the Birkie? That’s a HUGE deal in the upper Midwest! The recipes in the book are outstanding. One of my favorites is the Carob Chia Pudding and my modified version of his Adzuki Bean Brownies. While I can’t say he completely sold me on running Ultra’s, I did have a brief moment of thinking it sounded like the best thing ever!
What are your favorite running books?
How many books have you read this year? Am I the only one who’s slacking off?