Running Books

I love reading, it's one of my favourite things to do! It fills me with such sadness when I hear people announce quite proudly, "I haven't read a book since I left school". WhaaaT?! There's nothing better, in my opinion, than curling up with a good book and a cup of tea! Recently I've read a few great running books, (which make good Christmas pressies!) here's what I've been reading and what I've thought.

Born to Run
It's no exaggeration to say, this book has changed my life. Seriously. I think every runner I know has read this and loved it. Christopher McDougall finds the balance between story telling and science really well. He talks about our human desire to run and why. Along the way he finds a tribe of superhuman runners, explores the relationship between a plant based diet and running and meets the best ultra runner of all time, Scott Jurek.

Eat + Run
Scott Jurek's own words after featuring so prominently in Born to Run. This guy is like a god amongst runners. Winner of the Western States 100 mile run a record 7 seven times, he knows what he's talking about. It's part vegan cook book and part autobiography. Scott started running as a means of cross training for Nordic skiing and ended up being the best in the world. Such a brilliant story full of helpful tips and -surprisingly- delicious recipes.

Today we Die a Little
Maybe the best of the lot! Oddly titled, this is the story of Emil Zatopek, a Czech runner. If you haven't heard of this guy, you need to Google him immediately. Such an interesting and amazing life. At the 1952 Olympic games he won a gold in the 5k, 10k AND the marathon!! If that wasn't enough, he broke world records in all 3 events! He's the only person in history to win the 5k, 10k and marathon during the same Olympic games. If this isn't enough of a reason to open the book, I don't know what is!!

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