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All types of running related books are reviewed by 2 non-elite track, marathon and trail runners. Observation and description of running books intended to inform, help and inspire anyone involved or related to running at any level. Practical, hands on insights, opinions and recommendations are given related to each book .
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In this episode we reflect on everything we learned in books 21 to 30. We know that all the things we have learned is making us into better runners.Here is a list of the books we talk about:My Noise Cancer Comeback, by Fitz Koehlerhttp://www.fitzness.com/blog/ Advanced Marathoning, by Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglashttps://us.humankinetics.com/products/advanced-marathoning-3rd-edition Bravey, by Alexi Pappashttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/591673/bravey-by-alexi-pappas/ Running in the Midpack, by Anji Andrews and Martin Yellinghttps://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/running-in-the-midpack-9781472973405/ Running on Tired Legs, by Bill Grahamhttps://www.amazon.ca/Running-Tired-Legs-Bill-Graham/dp/B08VBS3V26 Make The Leap, by Bryan Greenhttps://maketheleapbook.com/discount/ALANANDLIZ (20% discount for listeners of the Running Book Reviews podcast!)High Performance Nutrition for Masters Athletes, by Lauren Antonuccihttps://canada.humankinetics.com/products/high-performance-nutrition-for-masters-athletes I hate Running and You Can Too, by Brendan LeonardYou can support your local bookstore by buying the book from bookshop.org here: https://bookshop.org/books/i-hate-running-and-you-can-too-how-to-get-started-keep-going-and-make-sense-of-an-irrational-passion/9781579659882 The book can also be found on Artisan Books website: https://www.workman.com/products/i-hate-running-and-you-can-too This Voice in My Heart, by Gilbert Tuhabonyehttps://www.amazon.com/This-Voice-My-Heart-Forgiveness/dp/0060817534Abdi’s World, by Abdi Abdirahmanhttps://soulsticepublishing.com/product/abdi-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.
When Running Made History is a book based on the authors memory of historic running events that he witnessed throughout his life, starting with the 1948 Olympic games in London when he was 9 years old and his uncle brought him to watch some track events. The book borders on being a historic reference about running because a lot of facts were added about each event and the circumstances at the time. Chapters are titled with a date and location in chronological order from the 1948 London Olympics to October 2016 when Roger saw the first woman over 65 run under 20 minutes for the 5k. Readers will marvel at how many historic moments the author witnessed throughout his life!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).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 When Running Made History is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Running-History-Professor-English-Robinson/dp/0815611005     Big thank you to the publisher, Syracuse University Press, 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 
The Running Drug is the story of how the author, Tim, discovered and fell in love with running after some sedentary years in his 20’s, and then he received some unexpected news at the age of 40. At age 40, men in the UK are invited to get their first routine health check, but only about one third of them go. Although Tim felt he was very healthy and didn’t need a health check, he went anyway, and was glad that he did. Tim found out that his PSA level was elevated, and after repeated testing that confirmed the result, he was sent for further testing and diagnosed with prostate cancer. Tim was told that had he waited another 5 years for the next health check, his cancer may not have been curable. The book ends with Tim getting to the start of, and finishing, the 2019 London Marathon as part of the Prostate Cancer UK team. Throughout the book he shares his anxieties around training for and running his first marathon, and also his cancer treatment journey. Tim describes how running became like a drug; when he went for a run, he was able to clear his mind, think more clearly, and solve problems, a feeling that many runners will be able to relate to. For those who don't know Tim Beynon, he is a UK journalist writing and editing national and international magazines on everything from Formula One to Premier League football. He is a passionate human interest storyteller, who has invested his time in sharing the inspirational stories of others' sporting and personal achievements. A committed blogger, amateur runner, and men's health champion, he has written about his own experiences of prostate cancer, marathon training and mental health, as well as life as a modern-day parent. As a runner, Tim can be found running along trails around his home county of Hampshire, England.If you are interested in getting a copy of The Running Drug, it is available on the Amazon UK site at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Running-Drug-addiction-overcome-rediscover/dp/1838465812 For our fellow Canadian's you can find it on the Amazon Canada website at https://www.amazon.ca/Running-Drug-addiction-overcome-rediscover/dp/1838465812/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+running+drug&qid=1628897073&sr=8-1 Big thank you to Tim, 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 
Today We Die A Little is the story of Czech runner Emil Zatopek’s life and his athletic success, but also a history lesson of the communist era in former Czechoslovakia. Emil was born in 1922 and was the seventh of his parents eight children.  Although not particularly athletic, or someone who you would mark as talented, his work ethic was exemplary, and he became the world’s most dominant runner by sheer hard work. Emil was known for experimenting with training methods and was known for his ability to accept being uncomfortable.This book tells an incredible story about a legend in the sport of running, while at the same time acknowledging the difficulty in making sense of the rumours, and the lack of, or inaccuracy of, the information documented during the communist era. He also explains the fear and difficulty people had to trust others, and how difficult it is to get people to talk about that time.Richard Askwith is a UK Northamptonshire-based journalist and author whose passions include running, outdoor adventure and the traditions and ordinary people of the English countryside.  He has written six books including Running Free, and Feet in the Clouds, an award winning book about fell running in the UK. He cohosts a Running and Writing workshop with another guest of ours, Adharanand Finn.If you would like to follow Richard's work, he can be found on Twitter, but a better place to follow his work is on his website: https://richardaskwith.co.uk If you are interested in getting a copy of Today We Die A Little, it is available on the Amazon UK site at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Today-We-Die-Little-Zátopek/dp/0224100343/ref=sr_1_1_twi_har_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456765867&sr=1-1&keywords=Zátopek For our fellow Canadian's you can find it on the Amazon Canada website at https://www.amazon.ca/Today-We-Die-Little-Inimitable/dp/1568585497/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=richard+askwith&qid=1627656748&sr=8-7 Big thank you to the publisher, Bold Type Books, for providing a review copy of the book, and to author, Richard Askwith, 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 
Abdi's World is the story of Abdi Abdirahman's life starting when he left his home in Somalia in 1991 with his parents and siblings. Abdi was just barely a teen at the time. He and his family went from having a middle-class lifestyle to having only each other, but Abdi expresses gratitude throughout the book for the many people who helped him along the way.  Abdi will represent the USA in the 2021 Olympics in the marathon, and is the oldest prson to qualify for a US Olympic team. He has had a long and successful career in running, and his journey, as well as the book, spans six Olympic cycles!One thing that Abdi doesn't seem to pay much attention to is when people try to tell him that it might be time to retire his running shoes. He loves the sport and tries to learn from each experience. The book is divided into six Olympic cycles which each have a lesson:PART I: SYDNEY 2000 - A LESSON IN POSSIBILITIESPART II: ATHENS 2004 - A LESSON IN BELONGINGPART III: BEIJING 2008 - A LESSON IN BELIEFPART IV: LONDON 2012 - A LESSON IN HUMILITYPART V: RIO DE JANEIRO 2016 - A LESSON IN PERSEVERANCEPART VI: TOKYO 2020-21 - A LESSON IN UNITYAbdi Abdirahman is the only American distance runner to qualify for five Olympic Games. Born in Somalia, he came to Tucson, Arizona, at age 16 after his family escaped civil war in their home country. He became an American citizen in 2000 and has represented the United States at the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and soon the 2020 Olympics to be held in 2021. If you are interested in getting a copy of Abdi's World, it is available on the Soulstice Publishing website at https://soulsticepublishing.com/product/abdi-book/ Big thank you to the publisher, Soulstice Publishing, for providing a review copy of the book, and to author, Abdi Abdirahman, for speaking with us. A special thanks to Rebekah Epstein for reaching out to suggest this fantastic read!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 
The Voice in My Heart is Gilbert Tuhabonye’s story of growing up in Burundi on a peaceful mountain side surrounded by family, discovering the sport of running as a child, and later being the only survivor of an attack on his school where the Hutu’s attacked about 100 Tutsi teachers and students with machetes, before putting all those that were still alive in a building which they doused in gasoline and lit on fire. Gilbert survived, but was badly burned and doctors told him he would not run again. During his recovery Gilbert describes the many emotions he had to deal with, including survivor’s guilt, anger towards Hutu’s, difficulty trusting people, and being constantly afraid that someone was going to poison him or kill him while he was recovering in the hospital.The book is beautifully written, and the story is divided into 7 chapters:1. Deliver us from Evil2. Education is our Children’s Future3. Acts of Contrition4. Rise to Glory5. Initiation and Advancement6. Recovery and Reflection7. The Road BackThe author, Gilbert Tuhabonye, made a full recovery to high level running. By 1996, three years after the attack, his running performances took him to the United States as part of an Olympic training program. He obtained a track scholarship to Abilene Christian University and was a national champion runner. He has since become the award-winning coach of the Gilbert's Gazelles Training Group in Texas. In 2006, he co-founded the Gazelle Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve life for people in Burundi without regard to tribal affiliations. Today Gilbert is a US citizen and lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and children.If you are interested in getting a copy of The Voice in My Heart, it is available on Amazon. At the same time you can support the foundation through the AmazonSmile program by choosing Gazelle Foundation as your charity. To learn more about the foundation, you can see the website https://www.gazellefoundation.org If you live in or near Austin Texas, and are looking for a club to run with, you can find information about Gilbert's Gazelles at https://www.gilbertsgazelles.com Big thank you to the publisher, Amistad, for providing a review copy of the book, and to author Gilbert Tuhabonye for the interview. Thanks also to our friend, Jessica, for suggesting 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 
Are you a new runner trying to figure out why people love this running thing? Have you been a runner on and off throughout the years because somehow you would lose motivation or just feel like you don't like running anymore? If so, the you will love this interview with author Brendan Leonard about his new book I Hate Running and You Can Too: How to get started, keep going, and make sense of an irrational passion. And yes, if you already love running, then you will also really enjoy this episode.I Hate Running is a fun book full of pictograms that attempt to make sense of our irrational passion for something that most people find hard. Like many runners have heard before, our sport is every other sports punishment. For those that are not really sure they like running, the book might help convince them that they will if they stick with it. The book starts with an introduction, then has 13 chapters, and ends with an epilogue. The chapters are short and to the point with titles like:Get comfortable about being uncomfortableIt’s only half about runningThere are no hacksLoving something is different than liking itThe chapters are very short, but contain entertaining pictograms in the same style that Brendan Leonard has on his website semi-rad.com, or featured on his instagram account by the same name.If you are interested in getting a copy of I Hate Running, you can support your local bookstore by buying the book from bookshop.org here: https://bookshop.org/books/i-hate-running-and-you-can-too-how-to-get-started-keep-going-and-make-sense-of-an-irrational-passion/9781579659882 The book can also be found on Artisan Books website: https://www.workman.com/products/i-hate-running-and-you-can-too Big thank you to the publisher, Artisan Books, for providing a review copy of the book, and author Brendan Leonard for the interview. 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 
Have you been ignoring your nutrition? After listening to this episode you will realize what a disservice this is for your running progression... especially if you are over 35. In this episode we speak with author Lauren Antonucci about her new book High Performance Nutrition for Masters Athletes: Fuel Smartly and Efficiently at Age 35 and Beyond. This book is all about nutrition; it is based on overall good habits with some tweaks geared towards athletes and in particular, masters athletes. The book is divided into 3 parts:Part I: Changing Physiology of the Masters Athlete1. Defining the masters athlete2. Demystifying age-related changes3.Nutritional strategies to manage and Prevent DiseasePart II: Smart Fuelling4. Nutrition principles for masters athletes 5. Energizing carbohydrate6. Muscle-building protein7. Healthy fat8. Supplements9. Fluid needs10. Underfueling Part III: Nutrient Timing11. Precompetition fueling12. Competition-day fueling13. Recovery Nutrition Lauren Antonucci is a Registered Dietician, and a board certified Sports Dietician. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from Binghamton University, a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University, and was awarded a fellowship in nutritional biochemistry  at the University of California. She is specialized in eating disorders , and is a diabetes educator. On top of all the degrees and experience in the field, Lauren also founded her company, Nutrition Energy, in 2003, wrote a monthly column for Triathlete Magazine for 3 years, and wrote for New York Road Runners for over a decade.If you are interested in getting a copy of High Performance Nutrition for Masters Athletes, you can find it on Amazon or on the Human Kinetics Website here: https://canada.humankinetics.com/products/high-performance-nutrition-for-masters-athletes Big thank you to the publisher, Human Kinetics, for providing a review copy of the book, and to author Lauren Antonucci for the interview. Thanks also to Lauren's friend Erica, from GoRunningTours Chicago, for suggesting the book and putting us in touch with Lauren.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 
Have you ever started making huge progress in your training, and figured you would just keep improving at the same rate? If you have, then you probably already know that your porgress eventually slows down. Author and runner, Brian Green, noticed that there is a cycle of these performance jumps, and that you can do more than just training to help get yourself to the next level in your running. The best part is that what he teaches in his book, Make the Leap, is transferrable to other areas of your life as well!Make the Leap is a book aimed at helping you think differently, so that you can benefit more from your training plan. It also makes you think about the things outside of your actual run training that will help your performance; Bryan calls this the “hidden training program”. The book starts with "Ch. 1 What is a Leap", where Bryan explains the idea that performance improvements are not linear, they actually happen as a “leap” that gets you to a new normal and then the progress slows for a while until your body is ready for the next “leap”. The other chapters are grouped into two parts (part 1. Attributes, Beliefs, and Values, and part 2. Effort and Behaviour) and covers 11 optimal training principles which each have a dedicated chapter.Big thanks to Bryan Green for coming on the podcast, and for the great chat!  If you are interested in getting a copy of the book, it can be found directly on Bryan's website, and you will get a 20% discount by entering the code ALANANDLIZ at checkout. You can also just use this link to have the code applied automatically at checkout: https://maketheleapbook.com/discount/ALANANDLIZ  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 
Bill Graham is a runner who has enjoyed the sport for over four decades. He is a multiple time sub-3 hour marathoner, ran in the UK Cross Country national championships as a youth, and has lived and run in both the UK and South Africa. Bill is also a running coach and mentor to other runners. In this episode we get to chat with Bill about his new book, Running on Tired Legs.Running on Tired legs is a memoire of Bill Graham’s life, and a parallel account of the Lakeland 100, which is a 100 km run in the English Lake District. Bill’s personal journey starts with a description of his childhood, introduction to sport and later running, and a reflection of what he was like as a kid. He was extremely shy, and had some issues with performance anxiety during competitions. Through sports, and especially running, Bill builds on his confidence throughout his life, and he makes many friends along the way. During the parallel story of Bill's 100 km run, there are several times when Bill is not sure he will finish and he describes the variety of challenges he had along the way. The help of the race volunteers, and some runners he meets during the event, really highlight the camaraderie that exists in the running community and reminds us why we love this sport so much.If you are interested in getting a copy of the book, it can be found directly on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Running-Tired-Legs-Bill-Graham/dp/B08VBS3V26 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 
We often see books for either beginner runner's or the elites, but the largest portion of runners is somewhere in between. This is why authors Anji Andrews and Martin Yelling decided to write Running in the Midpack, How to be a Strong, Successful, and Happy Runner, which is a book for the midpack runner. Midpackers train hard and have big goals, so this book aims to help them progress in their running. Midpackers also have jobs and families, so the book the book tries to give tips on incorporating best practice into busy lives.There are 6 chapters and a conclusion:1.     The midpack runner2.     Psychology3.     Whole body health4.     Training5.     Nutrition6.     Race day7.     ConclusionIn this episode of the podcast we had the pleasure of interviewing both authors, and hope that you enjoy the conversation as much as we did. Thanks to Bloomsbury for providing review copies of the book, and also for helping to put us in touch with the authors.If you are interested in getting a copy of the book, it can be found directly on the Bloomsbury website here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/running-in-the-midpack-9781472973405/ 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 
Bravey was Alexi Pappas mantra, and also the title of her memoire. Alexi is an olympian in the 10 000 m event which she ran for Greece and got the national record at the 2016 Olympic games. Although Alexi is still young and has many years ahead of her, she has also had many life experiences which she reflects on to try and tease out valuable lessons.In her book, Alexi talks about her experience growing up without a mother and how this was both painful and positive at the same time. She grew up with a burning desire to “matter”, and this fuelled her to work hard towards her goals. The book is organized in chapters around specific themes or subjects, but not necessarily in chronological order. Although it may sound like a sad book, it doesn't feel that way because Alexi always ends by telling us what positive lesson she learned from her experience.We were not able to have Alexi for an interview, but we hope that you enjoy our chat about the book.If you are interested in getting a copy of the book, consider a local book store if possible, or you can get it online through the publisher's website: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/591673/bravey-by-alexi-pappas/ 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 
In this episode we had the pleasure of speaking with both Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas about the 3rd edition of their book, Advanced Marathoning. As you will hear in the episode, both of us will be using a plan from this book to train for our sub-3 hour marathon attempt, so we made sure to ask lots of questions. The book is divided into 2 parts and has some new features, in addition to having been completely revised since the 2nd edition:Training componentsCh. 1.     Elements of trainingCh. 2.     Nutrition and hydrationCh. 3.     Balancing training and recoveryCh. 4.     Supplementary trainingCh. 5.     The older (and wiser) marathoner – New in 3rd ed.Ch. 6.     Tapering for peak marathon performanceCh. 7.     Race day strategyTraining programsCh. 8.     Following the schedulesCh. 9.     Marathon training up to 55 miles (89 km) per weekCh. 10.  Marathon training on 55 to 70 miles (89 to 113 km) per weekCh. 11.  Marathon training on 70 to 85 miles (113-137 km) per weekCh. 12.  Marathon training on more than 85 miles (137 km) per weekCh. 13.  Multiple marathoningNew in the 3rd edition is Appendix B: Equivalent race times from 10k to marathon. Some more recent athletes are featured in the chapters, like Eliud Kipchoge, and Molly Huddle.If you are interested in getting a copy of the book, it can be found directly on the Human Kinetics website here: https://us.humankinetics.com/products/advanced-marathoning-3rd-edition 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 
Similar to our "Throwback Thoughts on the First 10 Books" episode, we decided to go reflect on everything we learned in books 11 to 20. We know that all the things we have learned is making us into better runners.Here is a list of the books we talk about:Chasing Excellence, by Pat Melgares - https://soulsticepublishing.com/product/chasing-excellence-book/Run to the Finish, by Amanda Brooks - https://www.amazon.ca/Run-Finish-Everyday-Avoiding-Ignoring/dp/0738285994 Win at All Costs, by Matt Hart - https://www.amazon.ca/Win-All-Costs-Running-Deception/dp/0062917773Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall - https://www.amazon.ca/Born-Run-Hidden-Superathletes-Greatest/dp/0307279189Running with Sherman, by Christopher McDougall - https://www.amazon.ca/Running-Sherman-Inspired-Rag-tag-Craziest/dp/0525433252 The Comeback Quotient, by Matt Fitzgerald - https://www.amazon.ca/Comeback-Quotient-Get-Real-Building-Fitness/dp/1948007169Running Home, by Katie Arnold  - https://www.amazon.ca/Running-Home-Memoir-Katie-Arnold/dp/0425284670 The Lost Art of Running, by Shane Benzie and Tim Major - https://www.amazon.ca/Lost-Art-Running-Rediscover-Forgotten/dp/1472968085Out of Thin Air, by Michael Crawley - https://www.amazon.ca/Out-Thin-Air-Running-Ethiopia/dp/1472975324 Epic Runs of the World, by publisher Lonely Planet - https://www.amazon.ca/Lonely-Planet-Epic-Runs-World/dp/1788681266 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.
Can you imagine being healthy and fit your whole life... you eat healthy, exercise, and even your career is all about fitness... and then you get a cancer diagnosis?! This is what happened to one of USA's most sought-after running event announcers, Fitz Koehler.My Noisy Cancer Comeback takes you through Fitz experience with breast cancer starting with a clear mammogram about 3 months prior to finding a lump in her breast. In the first chapter she describes her life as being a dream come true. Her work is a passion, she is in a healthy relationship, and has two healthy thriving children. By contrast, the second chapter is titled “I’m Definitely Dying”. Fitz takes us through he journey, in chronological order, from the moment she finds a lump and calls her doctor, to chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, more chemotherapy, and then trying to recover her fitness and getting rid of “chemo butt” in the remaining 16 chapters. Although Fitz is a very positive person, she describes in great detail the emotional roller coaster that she tried to keep somewhat private while it was happening.Big thank you to Fitz for responding to our request, and for spending time with us to record this episode. If you are interested in getting a copy of the book, Fitz will personally sign any hard or soft cover copies purchased directly from her website: http://www.fitzness.com/blog/ 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 
Epic Runs of the World is a compilation of running destinations, each described by a different author. The publisher, Lonely Planet, has a travel information website and has published many other travel books which are also featured on their website. We are not travelling at the moment but the website, and this book, can be a great resource for planning your future adventures. You may even realize that one of the epic runs are in your own back yard; we found out that Montreal's Mont-Royal is featured in the book! Since this book has no single author, we took a slightly different approach. We contacted a few of our running buddies who have done some of the runs in the book, and asked them to tell us about their experiences.This is a  “coffee table” style book in hard cover, and features colour photos of each destination. The runs are organized by continent starting with Africa, and followed by Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. There are the main runs listed in the table of contents, and each one is then followed by 3 other “more like this” runs which feature less detailed explanations and no pictures. The main runs each have descriptions and pictures over several pages, and include other useful information like where to stay and what to wear.Big thank you to the publisher, Lonely Planet, for providing a review copy of the book. If you would like to purchase the book for yourself, you can get it through Lonely Planet's website: https://shop.lonelyplanet.com/categories/epic 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 
We hear a lot about Kenyan running culture, and in recent years athletes from all over the world have gone to train in Kenya, but what about Ethiopia? Ethiopia has produced athletes like Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele, and Haile Gebreselassie.Out of Thin Air is the story of Michael Crawley's time living and training with some of the best runners in the world in Ethiopia. The book is divided into 14 chapters, and each chapter describes a facet of training life in Ethiopia, and some of the reasons and beliefs associated with it. There are a lot of little stories about Michael’s experience, like when he was woken up at 3 am for the first time to join the others for a night run. Because he spent 15 months training with the group, he really got a chance to develop friendships and integrate into the running scene. Despite being a 2:20 marathoner he always ended up struggling to complete the training runs, many done at altitude with blazing fast runners.Big thank you to the publisher, Bloomsbury, for providing a review copy of the book and for connecting us with the author. Thank you to Michael Crawley speaking with us about 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 
Whether you think working on running form is important, or not, this book is a must read. For the non-believers, the book makes some good arguments. For those who already believe form is important, the book will give you a different perspective on form; it is not about one component, like cadence, but about several components, including our lifestyle, which affect each other and our running.The Lost Art of Running by Shane Benzie and Tim Major is part story and part self-improvement. It is divided into 3 parts: The Journey, The Foundations, and The Practical. Shane starts off by telling the story of how he noticed that in some areas of the world runners had a nicer running style and seemed to be able to run faster with less effort, and this observation eventually leads him to wonder if this quality can be taught. Shane ends up travelling the world in search of how he can teach good running form, and lays out a basic foundation that we can use to try and help improve our own running.Big thank you to the publisher, Bloomsbury Sport, for providing a review copy of the book. We were not able to connect with the author for an interview, but we hope you enjoy our chat anyway. If you are not able to get the book through your local book shop, you can find it on Amazon https://www.amazon.ca/Lost-Art-Running-Rediscover-Forgotten/dp/1472968085. 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 
In this episode we speak with ultra-runner, mother of two girls, and author, Katie Arnold, about her book Running Home. This book is a memoire about Katie’s life. She is a child of divorced parents who grew up in the 70's, and felt like she always needed to be a “good girl” and seek approval from her father. She later became a wife and mother herself, and struggled with mental health. Katie's father introduced her to running as a child when he asked her if she would like to participate in a local 6 mile race, and she continued running throughout her life. Katie deals with a lot of anxiety and grief after the death of her father, and she uses ultra-trail running to help deal with both. She ends up discovering that she is good at it and wins several ultra races including the 2018 Leadville Trail 100, and is now sponsored by GU Energy Labs, and Balega Socks.Although us runners would like to call this a running book, the story is about more than just running, and many people can relate to the thoughts and feelings that Katie describes.Thank you to Katie Arnold for getting in touch with us, and taking time to come on the podcast. If you want to find out more about Katie, you may read about her on her website https://katiearnold.net/bio. You can also order the book through Katie's website, or get it from your local book store.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 
Matt Fitzgerald's second book release in 2020?... You better believe it!In this episode we have Matt Fitzgerald back to talk about his newest book, The Comeback Quotient,  that will start shipping in December. This book is part self-help book, part personal experience, and part compilation of inspiring stories about defying the odds. There are 9 chapters, with a portion of Matt’s training journey leading up to the Santa Rosa Ironman Triathlon, at the end of each chapter. Matt wanted to make a comeback of his own, and he tried to apply some of the things he learned to make the best of his situation. In the first chapter, Matt explains what an “ultrarealist” is, and the other chapters detail how ultrarealists deal with setbacks and the steps we can take to be more like an ultrarealist. There are many stories about famous athletes who have accomplished spectacular things in the face of adversity: Lionel Sanders, Molly Seidel, Petra Majdic, and Bob Krar, just to name a few. The last two chapters are about coming back from self-sabotage, and what happens when comebacks fail. Thank you to Velopress for providing us a review copy, and also putting us in contact with the author for an interview. If you want to find out more about Matt Fitzgerald, his personal website https://mattfitzgerald.org has a list of books he has written and co-authored. You can also pre-order the book through Matt's website.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 
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Alan Miller

Off to a good start

Apr 13th
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