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Last year about this time, I asked runners to share their favorite running-related books and several people mentioned Unbroken, 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)!
Angelina Jolie has been working on bring the book to the big screen, but it’s going to take some time; it’s slated to be released at Christmas. For now, though, they have released a trailer:
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
“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
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.”
On my “to read” list:
* “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
Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano, professional runners and author’s of Run the Edge blog, recently published their first book, entitled…um, well, “Run the Edge,” and they are giving the e-version away for FREE…yes, FREE. There’s no need to write a blog post, “like” it on Facebook, buy a copy for a friend….it’s a no-strings-attached deal.
You can download it for FREE on Sun., Sept. 16 or Mon., Sept. 17. Details on Adam & Tim’s blog.