TGIF, right? Aside from running, one of my favorite weekend leisure activities is reading. Unfortunately, my to-read list is longer than my available time! I’m torn between five running books and just don’t know which one is most worth investing my precious free minutes each day.
So for this Friday 5, I’m going to “Ask the Audience” and get y’all to help me decide what’s next in the queue. Which of these five books should I read next? And if you’re favorite running read isn’t here, definitely feel free to suggest it!
1. Running With The Buffaloes by Chris Lear recounts 1998 season of the University of Colorado cross-country team. This book appeals to my continuing nostalgia for college running, and I do enjoy a good narrative. Chris Lear also wrote Sub 4:00 about Alan Webb’s high school mile, which I really enjoyed.
2. Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance by Matt Fitzgerald not only discusses weight loss but also strategies for improving energy and nutrient intake. No, I have no interest in losing weight, but I could certainly do with some improvement in diet, especially since my miles are limited at this time.
3. Hansons Marathon Method: A Renegade Path To Your Fastest Marathon by Luke Humphrey reveals the strategies behind the success of the Hansons-Brooks team at the marathon distance. Many of the Hansons runners were not high school or college superstars and tend to overachieve at the marathon distance, so I’d love for some of that to rub off on me.
4. The Science of Running: How to Find Your Limit and Train to Maximize Your Performance by Steve Magness takes a technical look at physiological factors that affect our performance. I’m a little afraid this might be over my (sleep-deprived) head but still want to give it a shot!
5. Again to Carthage by John L. Parker is the follow-up (after 30+ years!) to the classic Once a Runner. Without giving any spoilers, this novel follows the hero’s return to competitive running after entering the professional workforce.
So what do you think? Has anyone read these (or other) running books? Want to start a book club?
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