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Although I have competed in races from the mile to the Boston Marathon, run in foreign countries, on beautiful beaches, through National Parks, and across the Golden Gate Bridge, my running life was lacking something: a good book. Sure, there are many good running books already out there, but I wanted a book that would keep me turning the pages to learn things about running I never knew. One that would help me fill the gaps in my running career, challenge me, and also make me chuckle once in a while. A book that would keep me coming back to it whenever I needed the inspiration of a swift kick in the butt.
That is why I wrote this one—with a little help from nineteen world-class runners and authors. Inside you will discover a whimsical and enlightening collection of nearly 200 topics ranging from training advice and statistics to resolutions and achievable running goals, plus other types of good-to-know information for enhancing the experiences and enjoyment of runners of all ages and abilities. Among other things, you will learn the one road race everybody needs to run; how you can win a race even when finishing last; the “destination” runs every runner needs to experience; where to find a luxury ocean cruise just for runners; what to do with your old running shoes and race T-shirts; how listening to the right song and using visualization can improve your performance; and how you can “give back” and be a vital part of the running community. You will also find uplifting anecdotes on runners who have overcome personal challenges and detailed information on races from the popular to the obscure and from the fun to the formidable.
Adding to the uniqueness of this book are recommendations and tips that have been contributed exclusively by the elite group of runners and authors listed on the following page, for the purpose of enhancing your lifelong experience as a runner. All of us hope this extraordinary book will help keep your running fresh and inspire you to continue following the passion you have for the sport as long as you live.
© 2010 Chris Cooper
A lot of love/hate reviews for this book. I agree there is a lot of fluff, but I also found a lot of inspiration in this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tony Markey
Very disappointed in this book. Basic information. No details. More of a source that sites where to find information about running.... ie top books, top athletes, top races etc. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Christie K
I only have one word to describe this book: romantic. I have never read a better or more endearing and honest take on running--both for beginners and advanced runners. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Fit Bottomed Girls
Written for a four year old. It is hard to imagine a book with more worthless and trivial information spelled out in such simple and mind numbing fashion. Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by Spacemiller
I just finished reading this book and I loved it! I've run 73 marathons/ultras and I still got so much out of your book. Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by Frances Libasci