Looking for a last minute gift for your favorite runner? Or, maybe you want to kick-start 2018 with a book to get you motivated. Here are our recommended reads for this holiday season — and a chance to win three of them!
- “Run Fast, Eat Slow” — Pimento spent five weeks cooking from this book by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky and wrote about all the recipes she — and her family — tried. From muffins to salads, RFES is designed to incorporate whole foods and good fats into your diet.
- “How Bad Do You Want It,” by Matt Fitzgerald. Subtitled “mastering the psychology of mind over muscle,” How Bad is a collection of sports stories combined with “psychobiological” research. But it’s not just a lot of pyscho-babble; each chapter focuses on a specific race and specific athlete. HBDYWI isn’t just for elites or sub-elites or the girl who finished in front of you last week. It’s for all of us.
- “Work In: The Athlete’s Plan for Real Recovery and Winning Results,” by Erin Taylor of Jasyoga. Several Saltines do Jasyoga’s videos on recovery days or after workouts with great results, so we’re confident this book will make a great gift for yourself or your favorite runner. Pre-order now, ships mid-December.
- “The Ultra Mindset” by Travis Macy. He has completed over 120 ultra endurance events and is a coach, speaker, and owns an education consulting firm with his wife. He incorporates his knowledge as a former high school teacher, experience as an education consultant, and knowledge of motivation research into the Ultra Mindset to create a cohesive text that provides guidance and motivation to complete any major endeavor, not just endurance ones.
- “Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory” — Deena Kastor (yes, we know, it’s not out yet, but DEENA. Pre-order only, ships in April 2018).
- The Feed Zone series — Cinnamon reviewed the “Portables” edition a few years back, and there’s also “Table” and the original “Cookbook.” The authors have worked with pro cyclists and triathletes over the years and the cookbooks were created with those things in mind.
- First Ladies of Running: 22 Inspiring Profiles of the Rebels, Rule Breakers, and Visionaries Who Changed the Sport Forever by Amby Burfoot. This is a quick, fun and inspiring read. Each profile is pretty short so you can read a story or two and set it down. A great bedtime book.
GIVEAWAY! We have one copy each of “How Bad Do You Want It?,” “WorkIN,” and “The Ultra Mindset” to giveaway to one lucky reader. Head over to any of our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) to win!