Ah, running. As great as it is to be out on the trails or roads, those pesky muscles do need some down time to recover. In between runs (and eating and sleeping), it's fun to spend some time learning about the sport, researching how we can improve our running, or just being inspired by the stories of others who have used running as a means to improve their lives.
So, The All-Season Co has rounded up five new books (and by new, we mean they’ve all been published within the last two years) that look to be great additions to your collection.
Running Home: A Memoir
by Katie Arnold
In this memoir, Outside magazine writer Katie Arnold tells a heartfelt story about her family, and the role that running played in changing her life. Many runners can relate to the positive mental impacts that we achieve from running, in addition to the obvious physical ones.
by Chris Napier
For those looking for a more technical approach to running, this book should help. The author takes a medical, physiological and scientific approach to studying running. He aims to help runners understand what their bodies are doing, and how best to treat them to stay healthy through such a rigorous activity. This doesn’t look to be a ‘fad’ or a new technique that people are being encouraged to re-teach themselves, which is often the case any time a new technique book is published.
Running with Sherman: How a Rescue Donkey Inspired a Rag-Tag Gang of Runners to Enter the Craziest Race in America
by Christopher McDougall
Remember Christopher McDougall? He was the guy that wrote Born to Run back in 2009. Every runner read that book, told their friends about it, and probably received it as a holiday or birthday gift more than once.
We didn’t all jump on the barefoot running bandwagon, but the story he told of the Tarahumara Native Mexican tribe hooked us all and showed us how the sport we love connects so many people on such a pure and basic level.
Christopher is now back with a new book. This one isn’t just about running… there are donkey races involved! What’s not to love about that?
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Running Wild: A Quest for Healing Across 7 Continents
by Bobby O’Donnell
After surviving the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Mr. O’Donnell set off on a trip to heal his damaged relationship with running. He committed to running a marathon on each of the seven continents. Such an undertaking will be sure to stoke the adventurous spirit in all of us.
Jog On: How Running Saved My Life
by Bella Mackie
Taking up running as a hobby has changed many people’s lives. This author gives a painfully truthful look into how doing just that not only changed her life, but saved it. Reading inspiring stories like this can help all runners move forward, especially on those days that we just don’t feel like getting off the couch.
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