Sunday, December 24, 2006


I'm cruising for running books. I got a $50 gift certificate there from my husband for my birthday (I turned 55 on Dec. 22.)

Recall a couple of my goals and dreams:
  • Run a 4:15 marathon to qualify for Boston (and then run Boston)
  • Run a marathon in every state
  • Dabble in ultra-marathoning

These are some of the books I've been considering. I can also get magazine subscriptions there. Thinking about Marathon and Beyond (although at $34.95/6 issues it would use up over half my gift allowance; all of the books below are available used at discount prices.)

Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon by Neal Jamison

Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger

Daniels' Running Formula by Jack Daniels

Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Running, Second Edition, (Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Running) by Robert G. Price

The Competitive Runner's Handbook: The Bestselling Guide to Running 5Ks through Marathons by Bob Glover

Four Months to a Four-hour Marathon by Dave Kuehls

Running Past 50 (Ageless Athlete) by Richard Benyo

Ultra Running With Scott Jurek (Robbie Readers) (Robbie Readers) by Jim Whiting

Running Until You're 100 by Jeff Galloway

What would you get? Any choices from among these? Any I haven't listed?


21st Century Mom said...

I'm not familiar with any of these books but if I were going to try for a BQ I'd read the 4 hours marathon book. I checked the reviews on Amazon and they were very positive.

Hope your hiney feels better soon! Sitting on an ice bag a couple of times a day might help.

Also, one of the major tenents of the FIRST program is that if you miss a workout don't worry about it and don't try to make it up. Just pick up where you left off and keep going.

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Hmmm beats me. I never seem to have time to read. Soon I definitely won't as I'll be too busy training. I wonder if I can lay a book across my new bike handlebars and read while I spin on my new trainer.

Merry Christmas and good luck with your choice.

runr53 said...

Get ye to a massage therapist to work out that kink in your glute. Runners World has a story in the January 2007 edition in the "The Life List" story on the 5 best running books. Run Good!

Vickie said...

Be careful not to let this lead to piriformis, something that set me back for 3 years. Tennis ball and icing. Works wonders. Most likely, its because of your recent inactivity--inactivity meaning not the high endurance training you've been doing, and now suddenly you expect those muscles to respond in a way they weren't planning on. "Hey, we're retired!"

Sheila said...

Running Through the Wall is excellent! I love reading about the mindset of endurance athletes, and that's what this book is. I have read it more than once, whenever I am looking for inspiration.

Daniels' Running Formula is the other one I would strongly recommend. The stuff about VDOT is priceless when determining whether a goal pace for a distance is reasonable or not, and if so, how long to expect the process to take.

Sheila said...

I have the Glover book, too. There's good stuff in there as well.