Happy Friday fam! This week has had a lot of ups and downs, in my personal, work and running life. I think everyone has that through the week, right? In the end – it is all positive and I am so grateful to have the people in my life that I do to keep me smiling when things get crazy.
We got a big dump of rain yesterday afternoon and all night long, and I took the evening to curl up with a book & Bennie The Dog. I love reading books about running, both the running stories and the technical aspect. Here are some current favorites:
How Bad Do You Want It?, Matt Fitzgerald – I read this book right before racing the CIM marathon this past December. One of the biggest take home points for me is that every race is a firewalk. It is about seeing how uncomfortable your mind will let you get. Sure – every one has physical limitations, but for most of us, they are in our minds first.
Marathon Man: My 26.2 from Unknown Grad Student to Top of the Running World, Bill Rodgers & Matthew Sheraton: Bill Rodgers has a great voice when he is telling his story. He is humble and entertaining, and one of the best parts is getting to learn the history of the sport along with Bill as he experienced it happening first hand. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Bill talks about running in shoes that don’t fit and gardening gloves to keep him warm. These days, the first thing we all go do when we start running is buy ALL the gear haha!
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, Jen Sincero: I know, I know – I mentioned this book already in a favorites post. But I can’t leave it out of this list!!! It is so good! Jen Sincero is freaking hilarious. And it a lot of really useful info about HOW to stop whining about what you want and GO. FREAKING. GET IT.
Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence, Gary Mack: I got this recommendation from the AMAZING Michelle of NYCRunningMama. I look up to her in so many ways, so when she mentioned this book, I grabbed a copy without thinking twice. It delivered, great tools to keep your mind right when the going gets tough. Added bonus – if you are a sports fan, there are so many great anecdotes of athletes. I also really liked that it was a quick read. Sometimes by the time I finally crawl into bed at night, I’m just too tired to read.
The New Rules of Marathon & Half Marathon Nutrition, Matt Fitzgerald: The fueling thing. It is so so important and its always the last piece to come together for me. I go through these phases of doing really well and eating “like an athlete” and then it slips and I can always tell a difference in my training. You’ve gotta eat enough & enough of the right things, without too much of the wrong things, and not be crazy. HAHAHA! Simple right? I don’t have two Matt Fitzgerald books on here by accident, he is an awesome writer and very knowledgable. He has a lot of great advice and tips to make fueling as simple as possible.
Bonus books – since I did a repeat from a previous post:
- Born To Run – easy read & fun characters, will make you feel less crazy when your family is telling you that you are crazy
- My Year of Running Dangerously – also talked about before, but just love it!
- The Perfect Mile – I like the history of this a lot. I also think that the story of breaking a 4 minute mile is a lot like what we are experiencing now with breaking the 2 hour marathon.
- Galloway’s Book on Running – everyone should read this. Back to basics.