Recommended reading

   February 15, 2013 1:32 am    1

 

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When I’m not running or writing (or cleaning or cooking), I’m reading. Always in search of another great read, I asked area runners:  What’s your favorite running book(s) — about running, by a runner, featuring a runner…anything goes!

Here’s what they had to say:

 “Unbroken”…..one hellava good book! — Tom Toale

The Courage to Start: A Guide to Running For Your Life” by John Bingham — Suzy Carstarter

The Runners Guide to the Meaning of Life — Sara Turner

I agree with Tom, “Unbroken” is a great read for runners and for anyone, really, — Amy Cronk

Mile Markers: 26.2 Reasons Women Run” by Kristin Armstrong — Jan Comi

Unbroken‘ is one of the best. — Mike Vieyra

Running & Being: The Total Experience” by Dr. George Sheehan — Greg Wigham

Agreed on “Unbroken” — great book, great man! — Kim

Ultramarathon Man” by Dean Karnazes. And, I’m currently reading “Running with the Kenyans” by Adharanand Finn, and its good so far. — Pat Krott

Daniels’ Running Formula,” “Running with the Buffaloes (sic),” and “Runing The Edge” are my top three. “Running with the Buffaloes” is probably my favorite, though the other two are very informative. Two of those center around Adam Goucher. — Greg Cooper

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall — Michael Morris

Three months to your first 5k” by Dave Kuehls. This book changed my live. I went from being very over weight and struggling to walk a race that my wife ran in. After reading the book and following the training plan I was able to run and finish my first race.  My times have dropped from around 38 min down to a PR of 25:32. I now am fit healthy and compete about 14 5ks per year.  — Jameel Gavin

Running & Being” by George Sheehan; it’s very inspiring — Peggy Hardesty

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami — Jason Robertson

Couple of fictional favorites: Flanagan’s Run by Tom McNab (heard Quentin Tarantino was creating a Movie based on this book about a fictional stage race across the US. Also “Once a Runner & Again to Carthage (sequel) by John L Parker

I, too, highly recommend “Unbroken” — it’s a nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand (author of “Seabiscuit”) that tells the story of Louie Zamperini, a 1930s track star who ran in the Berlin Olympics and ended up in the most brutal POW camps in Japan during WWII after his B-24 crashed into the Pacific (they were afloat in a raft in shark-infested waters for 47 days!)

There were days I could not read another word of “Unbroken” because what he endured was so…..shocking…and, I would lay there, trying to sleep, and think…Louie LIVED this and I can’t even read it!  Anyway…if it all sounds too depressing to read, know that it is ultimately a very triumphant and inspiring story as it’s full title suggests: “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.”

I also enjoyed two that were mentioned above: “Born to Run,” “Running the Edge.”

On my “to read” list:

* “Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind”

* “Running Ransom Road” by Caleb Daniloff

* “Once a Runner” by John Parker Jr.

* “Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games” by Lopez Lomong and Mark Tabb

 

 

 

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One Response to “Recommended reading”

  1. Erika says:

    You absolutely have to read Once a Runner and the sequel, Again to Carthage. Wonderful running books and truly inspiring.

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