|Yes, I love running and reading!|
1. Marathon Woman by Katherine Switzer
Every woman runner should read this book by the woman who pioneered women's running for all of us. By running the Boston Marathon in 1967 with an official race bib, she started a movement that changed running forever. She fell into running as she prepared to play field hockey at Lynchburg College where her teammates wore pantie girdles while competing. Following her journey from the famous bib #261 at Boston in 1967 to today, the changes and wonderful opportunities that became available to women runners was made possible by her perseverance both on and off the roads.
|My book, signed by Katherine last April|
2. Older Faster Stronger by Margaret Webb
Great for aging runners, this book helps you maintain a level of fitness that goes against the grain of what should happen as you age. While many runners have seen the statistics that you peak by age 40 and then your race times start to increase, the author proves that this can be changed with the right training, attitude, coaching and nutrition. The factors that affect performance are numerous and you will find things to improve your performance by following a few key ideas provided in this book.
3. How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald
High level athletes have people to coach their brains/minds about positive outcomes for their athletic performance. Many Olympians have not only a nutrition and physical training coach, but also a psychologist to enhance their state of mind on race day. Mental performance is considered as important as physical performance when you race. Matt gives many examples of athletes and their extraordinary performances in adverse situations that make you think about your race experiences and what you can do to improve upon them in the future. When the going gets tough, you need some mental reinforcements to help carry you to the finish line. This book provides good tools for dealing with race day struggles as you work towards a new PR.
4. My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman
Follow along on the journey of CNN correspondent Tom Foreman as he agrees to train and run a marathon with his eldest daughter Ronnie. They work hard to prepare for the Georgia Marathon and during this time, Tom resumes his marathon running days from his 20's as a now 51 year old runner. While his daughter trains in Georgia and he in the DC suburbs, the story shares all the trials and tribulations involved with working, going to school and balancing family life. Tom ultimately becomes hooked on running again and runs an ultra marathon to close out the book. This is a quick and fun read, but don't get me wrong, like every runner he shares the highs and lows, insecurities and worries that all runners deal with from time to time.
5. This last book is actually three that incorporate half of the marathon majors, Boston, London and NYC. 26.2 Miles to Boston by Michael Connelly, A Race Like no Other by Liz Robbins and The London Marathon by John Bryant
After qualifying for both the Boston and NYC Marathons, I purchased the two books that provide a preview of the race courses with some great history thrown in. The Boston book includes a mile by mile course report that includes details about the infamous hills and what to expect from the crowds and some fun stories of prior race days. The NYC book has an interesting twist as the author follows several runners in the journey to 26.2 miles through the five boroughs of the city. There is plenty of course information, but the story of these runners is quite special, with one running with his brother after surviving cancer treatments. Finally the London book is one that is waiting for me to read prior to my race in April. I've skimmed the book and will give more details once finished, but it should keep me entertained as I train and prepare for April 24th!
Please add your favorites in the comment section below as we are always looking to add to the running book library.