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All types of running related books are reviewed by two non-elite track, road and trail runners. Observation and description of running books intended to inform, help and inspire anyone involved or related to running at any level. Whenever possible we chat with the author about the book, but if not then we try to do it justice. If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! Visit our page on the Buy Me A Coffee website: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLiz
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Fast 5k, by Pete Magill

Fast 5k, by Pete Magill

2023-01-1901:54:07

Fast 5k; 25 Crucial Keys and 4 Training Plans is about two-thirds reading and one-third training plans. The reading consists of 25 short chapters, each one about a key to running a fast 5k. There are 15 training keys, 5 lifestyle, diet and gear keys, 5 race day keys, and a bonus key for masters athletes with age-related adjustments and advice. There are various charts and tables throughout the book to demonstrate the principles visually.Pete Magill is a masters runner, coach, and writer. In addition to Fast 5k, he is the lead author of the book Build Your Running Body, and author of The Born Again Runner and Speedrunner. Pete is a former senior writer and columnist for Running Times magazine, former Editor for Double Runner magazine, and a frequent contributor to Runner's World and the Podium Runner website. In his 30’s, Pete Magill was a screenwriter, and wrote scripts for New Line Cinema and Disney. He has coached at the youth, high school, open, and masters levels. As a masters athlete, he’s led his Southern California clubs to 19 national championships in cross country and road racing. He’s also a five-time USA Masters Cross Country Runner of the Year, the fastest-ever American distance runner over age 50 in the 5K and 10K (15:01, 31:11, respectively), and holds multiple American and world age group records. If you are interested in getting a copy of Fast 5k then you can find it here: https://www.amazon.ca/Fast-5K-Crucial-Training-Plans/dp/1937715922Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
The Mock Olympian is the story of author Michael Long’s journey to run in every Olympic city, 23 in total, between the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games. Although he tried to combine trips if he was in a particular corner of the world, this goal required a lot of travel and even a month off once it was time to run in North America, which luckily, Michael’s employer approved. The book is divided into 25 short chapters. The first 2 chapters are general background about how the idea came about and a little about Michael. The 23 remaining chapters are dedicated to each of the 23 Olympic cities that Michael ran in.Michael Long started running in his late 20’s, but this didn’t prevent him from running quite a few fast times in various distances… including a half marathon under 1:20! Michael was working in London during the 2012 summer Olympics, which is where the idea for his adventure was born, but he has lived in many other cities including Athens, Brussels, Perth, Newcastle, and Sydney. Michael loves to travel and has been to over 75 different countries. He loves travelling so much that he studied tourism in university and has been in the industry ever since!If you would like to order the book for yourself, you can find it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Mock-Olympian-Michael-Long/dp/1524662887Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com  If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
What do you mean we have read another 10 books? Already?! Well then we are due for another reflection on the things we remember, and how all this reading helped us. Here are the books we chat about in this episode:Breakthrough Women’s Running, by Neely Spence Gracey and Cindy KuzmaRunning The Orient, by Gavin BoyterRunning Throughout Time, by Roger RobinsonChase That Smile, by Harold CabreraDepression Hates a Moving Target, by Nita SweeneyOn Pace, by Matt FitzgeraldEndure, by Alex HutchinsonCatch Me If You Can, by Filbert BayiRunning With The Kenyans, by Adharanand FinnHow She Did It, by Molly Huddle and Sara Slattery Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com  If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
How She Did It is a compilation of stories from 50 legendary female distance runners spanning 6 decades! The book starts with a short introductory section called “Part 1: The Experts”, that addresses some key factors you need to pay attention to if you want to perform to your full potential. These are physical health, hormonal health, sound nutrition and mental health. “Part 2: The Athletes”,  is where you find the 50 female athlete profiles . This section is divided into sub-sections:The pioneers 1960s-1970sThe 1980sThe 1990sThe early 2000s-20102010-2020The book ends with a section called “The Cooldown” where there is a compilation of funny stories provided by some of the featured athletes, and another section called “Favorite Workouts”. At the end of the book you can test your ability to identify pictures of some of the women as young girls… before they became legends.Molly Huddle is an American long-distance runner who competes in track and cross-country running events. She set the American record in the 5000 m at the 2014 Herculis Diamond League meet in Fontvieille, Monaco, which has since been lowered. Molly Huddle is a two-time Olympian who holds the American record at 10,000 meters. She placed fourth at the 2018 New York City Marathon in a personal best of 2:26:44. Besides her impressive running career, she also writes for Runner’s World magazine.Sara Slattery is an American middle- and long-distance runner who mainly competes on the track. She has represented the United States at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships at both junior and senior level. After a successful NCAA and professional career, Sara went on to coaching. She worked for eight seasons as the GCU (Grand Canyon University) men’s and women’s cross country head coach, and her athletes have broken many school records since her arrival. Sara decided to leave her coaching job to be home more often as her children are at an age that they need their mom around.During the interview Alan mentioned a video of the 2012 Olympic Trials 5000m final. Here it is if you want to watch to for yourself: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xsafpaIf you would like to get a copy of the book, you can find all the online outlets on the How She Did It website:https://howshediditbook.comAny feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com  If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
Running With The Kenyans is the story of how Adharanand moved his family to Kenya for 6 months so that he could explore why Kenyan runners are so dominant. Adharanand discovered a talent for running at a young age, but like many kids in sport, ended up getting distracted along the way and not realizing his potential. He continued to run in adulthood, but never really pushed his limits due to family obligations with 3 young kids. As the world was watching Kenyan athletes rise to the top and sweep the podiums of many major races, Adharanand was wondering what their secret is. With the approval of his wife (who was up for the adventure), they moved their 3 young kids to Kenya for 6 months so that Adharanand could train with the best runners in the world. The book is divided into 25 numbered chapters. Each chapter included a piece of Adharanand’s journey to improve his own running, find the Kenyan running secret and some side stories about people that Adharanand met along the way.Adharanand Finn is an Assistant production editor for the Guardian newspaper in the UK, freelance writer and author of 3 award winning running books:Running with Kenyans - the topic of this episodeThe Way of the Runner - Which talks about Japanese obsessive running cultureRise of the Ultra Runners – Which talks about ultra-endurance runners and what makes them want to complete gruelling endurance events like the Marathon des Sables. If you are interested in Adharanand’s most recent book, Rise of the Ultra Runners, you can check out our previous episodes because we had the pleasure of interviewing him!If you are interested in getting a copy of the book for yourself, you can find it on amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Running-Kenyans-Adharanand-Finn/dp/0571274064/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1667771695&sr=8-1  Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
Catch me if you can is the story of 1970’s running legend, Filbert Bayi’s, life. The book is divided into 3 parts: In the shadow of Kilimanjaro – Which talks about Filbert’s upbringing and childhoodSetting the pace – Which talks about Filbert’s introduction to the sport and the hurdles he had to overcome during his long and successful running career.Chasing a legacy – Which talks about Filbert’s life after retiring his spikes, and all the other contributions he has made, and continues to make, to Tanzania and the sport he loves.The book contains many black and white pictures of Filbert along with some other well known runners from the 70’s, as well as pictures of his family.Filbert Bayi is a legendary Mile and 1500m runner from the 1970’s, and an Olympic Silver medalist in the Steeplechase at the 1980 Moscow games. He has run multiple world records throughout his career while serving in the Tanzanian military, but is most well-known for his front-running race tactic, which was not common at the time and considered risky if you wanted to win. The common run-to-win style at the time was to “sit and kick”. Although known worldwide for his running, Filbert has continued to serve his country and help the Tanzanian people in many ways after he hung up his spikes. Filbert and his wife Anna started a school in their home with the goal of offering quality education while also transmitting their values of being kind and contributing positively to the community. Prior to this, Tanzanian Parents would send their kids to Kenya or Uganda if they wanted a good education for them, and opening this school meant that parents were able to have them nearby and watch them grow. Today there are separate building for primary and secondary schools under the Filbert Bayi school banner, and they have a scholarship program called “2020 and Beyond” that helps send students to the US for higher education and a chance to continue their sporting journey. Filbert learned aircraft mechanics while in the army, and later studied education at UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso), graduating in 1988. It was our pleasure to have Filbert Bayi on this episode!If you would like to follow Filbert, he is available on Whatsapp or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/filbertbayi_schools/. You can also search for Filbert Bayi on YouTube and watch all the videos of his gutsy front running tactic.If you would like to get your own copy of Catch Me If You Can, it is available through all the following outlets:Soulstice Publishing website https://soulsticepublishing.com/product/bayi-book/Amazon https://www.amazon.ca/Catch-Me-You-Can-Revolutionizing/dp/1734989947/ref=sr_1_24?crid=G0T0HE6FBFZR&keywords=catch+me+if+you+can&qid=1666833005&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIzLjgxIiwicXNhIjoiMy41MCIsInFzcCI6IjMuMTkifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=catch+me+if+you+can%2Caps%2C105&sr=8-24The book depository https://www.bookdepository.com/Catch-Me-If-You-Can-Filbert-Bayi/9781782552536?redirected=true&utm_medium=Google&utm_campaign=Base4&utm_source=CA&utm_content=Catch-Me-If-YoSupport the show
Endure, by Alex Hutchinson

Endure, by Alex Hutchinson

2022-10-1501:25:03

Endure; Mind, body, and the curiously elastic limits of Human Performance explores all the science that has been done to find out what limits or endurance performance. The book has a total of 13 chapters divided into 3 parts:Part I: Mind and musclePart II: LimitsPart III: Limit breaker Alex Hutchinson holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cambridge and has worked as a researcher for the U.S. National Security Agency. He is a columnist for Outside magazine and was a long-time columnist for Runner's World. A National Magazine Award winner, Alex is a regular contributor to The New Yorker online, pens the weekly "Jockology" column in the Toronto Globe and Mail, and writes for the New York Times. FiveThirtyEight recently named him one of their "favorite running science geeks". Alex is a great runner too!! He was a two-time finalist in the 1,500 meters at the Canadian Olympic Trials, and represented Canada internationally in track, cross-country, road racing, and mountain running competitions.If you are interested in getting a copy of the book for yourself, you can find several options for purchase on Harper Collins Canada website: https://www.harpercollins.ca/9780062499981/endure/If you are in the USA, then you can visit Harper Collins Publishers to find even more options: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/endure-alex-hutchinson?variant=32127167561762Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
On Pace, by Matt Fitzgerald

On Pace, by Matt Fitzgerald

2022-10-0101:26:16

On Pace is Matt Fitzgerald’s most recent book where he delves into pacing.  He talks about the importance of pacing to get the most out of yourself, how good the pros are at pacing, why the rest of us are not so good at pacing, and how we can get better.There are 8 chapters about pacing:1. Why Pacing matters2. The science of pacing3. Why you suck at pacing4. Pacing as self-regulation5. The mind of a pacing master6. Pacing in training7. Pacing in competition8. Macro pacing The last 4 chapters are training plans that are based on effort (instead of pace) for 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and marathon distances.Matt Fitzgerald is a Lifelong runner and endurance athlete. He is an acclaimed endurance sportswriter and has authored and co-authored more than 30 books, and written for many sports journals (Men’s health, men’s fitness, Outside) and websites (active.com). Matt is also a running and triathlon coach, and certified sports nutritionist. He has a website called Mattfitzgerald.org and is cofounder of the 80/20 endurance training website. New on his resume is that he has founded a publishing house called 80/20 Publishing, with On Pace as their first official release.If you would like to follow Matt, his website is: https://mattfitzgerald.orgYou can also find links to all his social media profiles.If you would like to get your own copy of On Pace, it is available directly on the new 8020 Publishing website: https://www.8020endurance.com/all-books/Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
Depression Hates A Moving Target is about author Nita Sweeney’s experience with crippling anxiety and depression and how she got into running despite often not being able to get out of bed before taking up the sport. Nita was inspired by some posts from her Facebook friend who got into “jogging” by following a run-walk plan, and one day took the kitchen timer and her dog Morgan out to try it out for herself. Nita’s mind was not her only challenge to overcome, she also had an ankle that would swell when she ran too much which made her doubt that she was built for running. By dedicating a lot of time and energy to finding solutions that helped her keep running, she was able to slowly increase mileage over time enabling her to train for her first half-marathon, and later her first marathon. Running changed Nita’s life in many ways aside from making her physically fit; it started by helping her get out of bed on the days she ran, and with time helped her deal with anxiety and depression and gave her energy to start writing again.Nita Sweeney has a law degree, had been writing for most of her life, and officially authored 3 books; she wrote many more books, but most of them have not yet been published. She started running with her dog in 2010 while also dealing with crippling depression that kept her in bed most hours of most days. Nita has since run many training miles, one ultramarathon, 3 marathons, 29 half-marathons, and over 100 shorter races. If you would like to follow Nita, she has a website where you can sign up for her email newsletter and find links to all her social media channels: https://nitasweeney.comIf you are interested in getting a copy of Depression Hates A Moving Target, it is available on Nita's website or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Depression-Hates-Moving-Target-Running/dp/1642500135/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1B3WQNFFX32K&keywords=depression+hates+a+moving+target&qid=1663438667&sprefix=depression+hates%2Caps%2C76&sr=8-1Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
Chase That Smile is Harold Cabrera’s autobiography and account of how he managed to train for 3 big endurance events in the year he turned 40: The Paris marathon, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro (this one was with his wife Tania), and completing an Ironman Triathlon. The book has 3 sections that correspond to the 3 challenges. Each section is sub-divided with dates in chronological order like a journal, but the journal entries talk about more than just what happened that day. Harold has a full-time job and two young children so training for these big goals proves to be challenging because of the time required to complete the training. The Ironman training alone involves mid-week long runs and 6 hour bike rides, and then there are the hikes he does with his wife in order to be able to climb Kilimanjaro.    More than just a personal account of each training session he did, Harold also provides insight into his nutrition, the importance of training plans and most importantly how he developed the right mindset needed to take on these big endurance challenges. Harold Cabrera was born in the Philippines, grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and currentlu lives in London, England. He studied software engineering in Canada and currently works as a Software Developer and Data Scientist for Wise Traders where he develops stock trading systems. When he is not training for some difficult long-distance event, he spends most of his time with his family. Harold is not a first-time author. He co-authored and published C# for Java Programmers (Syngress Publishing, 2002) to help Java developers learn the C# programming language.If you would like to follow Harold, he has a website where you can see the book and also read his blog: https://chasethatsmile.comYou can also follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/chase.that.smile/ If you are interested in getting a copy of Chase That Smile, it is available on Harold's website or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Chase-That-Smile-Harold-Cabrera/dp/180313075X   Big thank you to Harold for providing a review copy of the book and for speaking with us. Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
Running Through Time aims to tell key stories about the history and evolution of running. A comprehensive book of every story that makes up running history would be massive, so this book tries to pick stories that were not told as often or not told correctly. It starts with the story of the marathon and how it became the 42.2km distance we know today, and ends with Alison Roe from New Zealand and her inspiring but short professional running career. All the stories chosen in this book have influenced how we experience our sport today, including the inclusion of women.Roger Robinson is a true fan of the sport of running. He was born in England but has moved to several countries throughout his life to run and even ended up marrying another famous runner! Roger was an elite runner in the 1960’s and 1970’s running cross country worlds on several occasions including for the English team in 1966, and the New Zealand team in 1977. He then went on to be a high-level master’s athlete and running a master record for the marathon in Vancouver in 1981. Of course, you are all interested in knowing that he ran a time of 2:18:44. He also set other records including an over 50 marathon record. Roger got a PHD in literature from Cambridge University; he went on to a lectureship at the University of Canterbury, was a professor of English at the University of Wellington, was an announcer at big running events, and became a great running writer. He has authored and co-authored several other books including: Running in Literature, and 26.2 Marathon Stories with Katherine Switzer (his wife). Since the last time we spoke with Roger he was busy, not just writing this book, but also with his own running: He broke the 80+ Wellington record for the 5000m in a time of 26:45.15 in November 2021.If you would like to follow Roger's work, he writes for Runner's World and the Podium Runner website: https://www.podiumrunner.com If you are interested in getting a copy of Running Throughout Time, it is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Running-Throughout-Time-Robinson/dp/1782552413     Big thank you to the publisher, Meyer and Meyer Sport, for providing a review copy of the book, and to author, Roger Robinson, for speaking with us. Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
Running the Orient is the story of Gavin Boyter’s 2300 mile run across Europe with his girlfriend Aradhna who follows him in their camper-van Roxy. The Orient Express was a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883. It started in Paris and end in Istanbul, and along the way stopped in Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, and Bucharest. Gavin’s goal was to run the same route and stop at each of the station locations in the corresponding cities. Along the way Gavin and Aradhna don’t just have navigation challenges, but also endless chores that come with running and living out of a van, and some friction in their relationship. Gavin is a writer, director, and copywriter. He has been running since his 30’s and Running the Orient is not his first ultra-running adventure. He previously ran from John O'Groats to Land's End which is the longest straight line across Britain, joining the Southwest to the Northeast. Gavin’s love of writing started very early in grade school when he wrote his first multi-part sci-fi story called Invasion of the Blood-Spitters. He later completed a Philosophy and English degree at Edinburgh University, and an MA in Film and TV Drama in Sheffield.If you are looking to get a copy of this book, it can be found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Running-The-Orient/dp/1912101378 If you would like to follow Gavin, he can be found on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/gavin.boyter/ or Twitter at https://twitter.com/Gavin_Boyter?s=20&t=CfTZImKMm5W9JX1_yy6xow or https://twitter.com/Long_Run_Film?s=20&t=CfTZImKMm5W9JX1_yy6xow You can also visit his website https://www.gavinboyter.com to see some of his other work.Big thank you to Gavin for providing review copies of the book and for spending time with us to record the podcast.Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
In this episode we start with some general run chatter before reflecting on everything we learned and thought about related to books 41 to 50. Here is a list of the books we talk about:One Last Mile, by Roger SaltsmanRun Like a Pro, by Matt Fitzgerald and Ben RosarioRace Across America, by Charles KastnerCould Have Happened at Parkrun, by Simon C. JonesRunner’s World Meals on the Run, Edited by Joanna Sayago GolubMarathon: The Ultimate Training Guide, by Hal HigdonDaniels’ Running Formula (4th Ed.), by Jack Daniels26.2 miles to Happiness, by Paul TonkinsonFinding Gobi, by Dion LeonardRunning With Purpose, by Jim WeberAny feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
Breakthrough Women’s Running is a guide written by Neely Spence Gracey and Cindy Kuzma to help get female runners to their next breakthrough in running, regardless of their running ability. The book is divided into 4 parts and covers everything from goal setting to training plans you can follow for the 5k through marathon distances. In between it covers female specific challenges like training at different times during your menstrual cycle, running through pregnancy, and coming back to running post-partum and while breastfeeding. The book also covers a lot of the basics like recovery and strength training.Neely Spence Gracey began running in eight grade and quickly saw success, which deepened her motivation to pursue big goals. At the high school level she won four Pennsylvania state championships. Upon graduation, she attended Shippensburg University (SU) and became an eight-time Division II national champion. During Neely’s time at SU, she studied human communication with a coaching minor because she knew she wanted to become a pro athlete and start coaching other runners toward their goals. In 2012 Neely signed her first pro contract and married her husband Dillon, in 2013 Get Running Coaching was born; Neely and Dillon are now also the proud parents of 2 boys: Athens born in 2018, and Rome born in 2021. Neely is inspired by the running community to keep working toward her goals as an athlete, coach, and mother.Cindy Kuzma is a freelance writer, author, and podcaster; a regular contributor to Runner’s World, Women’s Running, and a wide variety of other sports, fitness, and health publications; and the coauthor of Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger From Sports Injuries. Cindy specializes in covering injury prevention and recovery, everyday athletes who accomplish extraordinary things, and the active community in Chicago. She has run 22 marathons—including seven in Boston—and she never gets tired of plotting her next breakthrough.If you are looking to get a copy of this book, it can be found on the Human Kinetics Website: https://us.humankinetics.com/products/breakthrough-womens-runningIf you are interested in a copy signed by Neely, you can get it on her website:  https://getrunningcoaching.com/shirts/autographed-copy-breakthrough-womens-runningIf you would like to follow Neely, she is @neelysgracey on Instagram and Twitter.Cindy Kuzma can be found at http://cindykuzma.com or on Instagram and Twitter @cindykuzma. On her website you will find a full portfolio of articles, podcast appearances, and books!Big thank you to Human Kinetics for providing review copies of the book. And an even bigger thank you to Neely and Cindy for spending time with us to record the podcast.Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanSupport the show
Running with Purpose is Jim Weber’s story of how he developed his leadership qualities and was able to elevate Brooks to the power house running brand it is today. As a child Jim loved hockey and hoped to play professionally one day, which never happened despite his dedication to the sport. Luckily he discovered running and became just as passionate about helping runners through the development of quality technical running gear.The book is divided into 2 parts:Part 1 is about Jim’s beginnings and how he discovered that he wanted to run a company, but not necessarily own it. He worked in different industries including banking, the food industry, and consumer products; and talks about how these experiences helped shape him as a leader. At Brooks he helped narrow down the target customers so that they could focus product development instead of trying to be “everything to everyone”.Part 2 talks about Jim’s time with Brooks and how the company has evolved along the way. They went from being a subsidiary of Froot of the Loom, which was bought by Berkshire Hathaway, to being its own independent entity under Berkshire after Warren Buffet noticed Brooks progress under Jim’s leadership. Brooks' upward trajectory is not without bumps in the road, and Jim talks about how they got through challenges in the market including the barefoot running trend and the Covid-19 pandemic.Jim Weber dreamed of being either a professional hockey player or a CEO when he grew up. He wasn’t tall enough for hockey, but did become CEO for the first time at the age of 30! He became CEO of Brooks in 2001, and has been pushing the brand forward for more than 20 years, finally making it a $1 billion dollar brand in May 2021. Jim won “Entrepreneur of the year” awarded by Ernest & Young in 2012, and was named one of the most influential innovators in the running industry by Runners World in 2015. Jim earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and a Masters of Business Administration with high distinction from Tuck School of business at Dartmouth College. On a personal level, Jim is a husband, father to 3 boys, and cancer survivor.If you are looking to get a copy of this book, it can be found in both hard cover and paperback on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Running-Purpose-Outpaced-Goliath-Competitors/dp/140023168XThe book is also available through several other outlets which are featured on Harper Collins website: https://www.harpercollinsleadership.com/9781400231683/running-with-purpose/Big thank you to Harper Collins for providing review copies of the book.Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com  If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
Finding Gobi is both Dion’s memoire and the story of how a little dog from the Gobi desert ended up finding his way to a family in the UK. Dion talks about some difficult moments in his life like when his father died of an asthma attack when he was only 9 years old, and then how his mom told him that his dad was never really his dad. Despite a difficult start, Dion made a good life for himself and found the love of his life, Lucja. Although neither Dion nor his wife were runners when they met, they both became avid ultra-runners who love a challenge. One of these challenges brought Dion to China for a 155 mile multi-day stage race through the Gobi desert where he found a little dog which he later named Gobi… actually it was more like the dog found Dion and then followed him while he ran the race... Dion fell in love with this little dog but trying to bring him home to the UK would prove to be another adventure, one that ended up bringing people together from all around the world to help make it happen. Dion Leonard is an ultra marathon runner with many top 10 finishes in some of the world’s toughest races including the Badwater 135. He also won races including the Kalahari Extreme 155 mile race, Delirious W.E.S.T. 200 miles and become the first male to run the Grand Slam of 100's (silver buckling in all races), and the gruesome Leadman Series in one year. The race that changed Dion’s life forever was a 155 mile ultra-race in the Chinese Gobi Desert when a stray dog ran with him, forming an unbreakable bond that would become the ultimate challenge of overcoming adversity to achieving the unachievable. Finding Gobi can be found through all the usual outlets, and you can also buy it directly off the publishers website: https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780008227975/finding-gobi-main-edition-the-true-story-of-a-little-dog-and-an-incredible-journey/If you would like to follow Dion Leonard, his website is: https://www.dionleonard.com or you can go to https://www.findinggobi.com. You can also follow Gobi or Lara the cat on Instagram.Big thank you to the publisher, Harper Collins, for providing a review copy of the book, and to the author Dion Leonard for taking the time to speak with us. Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee!Support the show
26.2 Miles to Happiness is Paul Tonkinson’s memoire and an account of his sub-3 hour marathon. Paul lost his mother when he was very young, and he had a rocky relationship with his step-mom between the ages of 6 and 13. He explains some of the scars that this relationship left him with well into adulthood, and how running helped him overcome them. As a young boy Paul would wake up before anyone else in the household to sneak off for a run in an old pair of boots. As an adult, Paul spent some time enjoying food and alcohol a little too much, before getting back into running for health reasons. Paul’s work as a comedian means that he has some very good friends that are not runners, and this makes for some funny stories as he is trying to get ready to run his sub-3-hour marathon. There is one instance where he is in a restaurant with a friend and tries to order a healthy option with no alcohol; his friend waits for the waitress to leave and then offers to pay for his meal because he thinks that Paul is short on cash… why else would you leave out the alcohol?Paul Tonkinson is a British comedian, radio presenter and television personality, best known for his presenting work on The Big Breakfast and The Sunday Show. He was winner of the 1992 Time Out New Act of the Year Award, and was Time Out Stand Up Comic of the Year in 1997. Paul has returned to running as an adult and is now in the sub-3-hour marathon club with a personal best of 2:59:21 at the London marathon. Along the way he has also started a podcast called Running Commentary where he and the cohost interview people while running. The author hopes that with his book he can convince at least one person to run a marathon.26.2 Miles to Happiness can be found at the usual book outlets (Amazon, etc.), or you can get a copy directly from the publisher: https://www.bloomsbury.com/ca/262-miles-to-happiness-9781472966261/ If you would like to follow Paul then you can find him on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/paultonkinson_/Big thank you to the publisher, Bloomsbury, for providing a review copy of the book, and to the author Paul Tonkinson for taking the time to speak with us. Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee!Support the show
Daniels’ Running Formula is a training guide based on principles that coach and exercise physiology PhD, Jack Daniels, has been using to train his athletes for decades.The book is divided into two parts:Part I: Understanding the formula for trainingPart II: Applying the Formula to Competitive EventsThe first part describes the fundamentals of what goes into good running performance, types of training intensities, the VDOT system, and other topics like treadmill and fitness training, as well as taking breaks. The second section contains plans that incorporate the principles discussed in the first part. There are plans for: 800 m1500 m to 2 miles5 k and 10 kCross country15 k to 30 k MarathonUltradistanceTriathlonJack Daniels has been called the world's best coach by Runner's World magazine. He has more than 50 years of experience coaching and mentoring some of world's top distance runners at both the collegiate and post collegiate levels, including Jim Ryun, Penny Werthner, Ken Martin, Jerry Lawson, Alicia Shay, Peter Gilmore, Lisa Martin, Magdalena Lewy Boulet, and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom. He also won two Olympic medals and one world championship medal in the men's modern pentathlon. Daniels has decades of experience as a track and cross-country coach at institutions such as Oklahoma City University, the University of Texas, Brevard College, and the State University of New York at Cortland. Under his guidance, Cortland runners won 8 NCAA Division III national championships, 30 individual national titles, and more than 130 All-America awards. He was named Women's Cross-Country Coach of the 20th Century by the NCAA Division III. Since 1997 Daniels has been the national running coach advisor for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program, which involves coaching thousands of marathon runners each year. He has also enjoyed coaching members of the Nike Farm Team and the Chasquis, a group of Peruvian marathoners. Daniels has logged years of graduate study and research on distance running in both the United States and Sweden. He holds a doctoral degree in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also studied exercise science at the Royal Gymnastics Central Institute in Stockholm under renowned sport scientist Per-Olaf Åstrand. In recent years, Daniels has been an associate professor in the human movement program at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, in addition to coaching Olympic runners.If you are looking to get a copy of this book, it can be found on the Human Kinetics Website: https://canada.humankinetics.com/products/daniels-running-formula-4th-edition?_pos=1&_sid=edb66bc5e&_ss=rBig thank you to Human Kinetics for providing review copies of the book.Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLizSupport the show
Marathon, The Ultimate Training Guide is in it’s 5 edition and the original version came out in 1993. This book is solely dedicated to training and preparing to run the half-marathon or marathon distance. The book covers the entire marathon journey from the very beginning stages where someone is starting to run and maybe not even sure they will love the sport, to tapering and race day logistics. In between Hal covers a lot of topics that runners might have questions about like: Building mileage, diet, speedwork, cross training, heart rate training, qualifying for Boston, and many more. The book ends with training programs for novice to advanced runners for the half-marathon and marathon Hal Higdon is the author of thirty-five books and hundreds of articles for a variety of magazines including Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, and New York Times Magazine. He is a contributing editor for Runner’s World, was among the founders of the Road Runners Club of America, was a finalist in the competition to become NASA’s Journalist in Space, received the Career Achievement award from The American Society of Journalists and Authors, and his website, halhigdon.com, ranks among the top 20 running websites in the world. Hal is not only a great writer and journalist but has a lot of running experience as well. He has completed over 100 marathons, and coached many runner to improved times.Marathon The Ultimate Training Guide can be found at local book stores, or you can get it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593137736?tag=randohouseinc27763-20If you would like to follow Hal Higdon and see everything team Hal has to offer then you can find this on his website: https://www.halhigdon.comBig thank you to the publisher, Rodale, for providing a review copy of the book, and to the author Hal Higdon for taking the time to speak with us. Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee!Support the show
Meals on the Run is a compilation of recipes from different authors and edited by Joanna Sayago Golub.  The recipes come from various sources including several registered dieticians and elite Athletes; Kara Goucher has contributed a recipe along with the Forward to the book.The book is broken up into 9 chapters, with each chapter being a category of foods:BreakfastSmoothies and juicesSnacks and sweetsSaladsSoups and StewsPasta and NoodlesVegetarian Mains and sidesSeafood MainsMeat and Poultry MainsAt the end of the book, the editor also included a “special recipe lists” section where the recipes are grouped into the following categories: prerun, recovery, vegetarian, vegan, low-calorie, gluten free, 5-minute fixes, 10 minute tops, and hydrating  This episode doesn't have any special guests, and we get a little off topic when we chat about recipes we tried. Liz mentions a chocolate chip cookie recipe that has become a workplace favorite. If you are looking for a fantastic chocolate chip cookie recipe, you can find the recipe here: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/10813/best-chocolate-chip-cookies/If you are looking to get a copy of this book, it can be found on amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Runners-World-Meals-Run-energy-packed/dp/162336583X/ref=sr_1_1?gclid=CjwKCAjwloCSBhAeEiwA3hVo_QK8qsADXGaIDwrC5sG8TzksCX8rc_K864-nlSj5g1XE-0tns47-yBoCtm0QAvD_BwE&hvadid=230014152437&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9000486&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=15848121629385991073&hvtargid=kwd-300673949885&hydadcr=15830_10272494&keywords=meals+on+the+run&qid=1648421506&s=books&sr=1-1Big thank you to Rodale for providing review copies of the book.Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runningbookreviews/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reviews_runningInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningbookreviews/Podcast webpage: https://runningbookreviews.buzzsprout.com If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee!Support the show
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Alan Miller

Off to a good start

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