Ahh, NYC, I’ve missed you during the weekends. Recent traveling has made me very thankful for a quiet-ish weekend home, even though I may be spending most of it catching up on the homework that spent the past couple of weeks being ignored.
Anyways, I want to wish a special good luck to my pal Meghan, who is running the Eugene Marathon tomorrow!
Eugene was my target spring marathon, and while the Achilles Injury of Winter/Spring 2011 crushed my hopes of running it with Meghan, I’m glad to be back to running and and super excited to see how much ass she will kick tomorrow.
This morning I ran an early 12 miler in Central and Riverside Parks before getting ready to hit the books for the rest of the day.
The run felt great and I kept the pace pretty easy. 12 miles is one of my favorite distances because it’s a decent effort, but I usually don’t need much (if any) fluids or nutrition to haul along with me (unless the weather is really hot!). The weather was perfect this morning – 50 degrees with a little cloud cover – and I didn’t need to eat or drink anything until I got home.
The usual – Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast with natural peanut butter and berries
Even though I’ll be hitting the school books this weekend, I love to read and usually get through about 2-3 “fun” books each month. Lately, those books have been all about running (though I will admit, I’m no stranger to cheesy chick lit…).
Subconsciously, I gravitate to books by and about female runners.
Mile Markers, By Kristin Armstrong
I almost didn’t buy this book because it consisted of short chapters and wasn’t really an ongoing “story,” my usual preference. But I love Kristin’s blog on Runner’s World and thought I’d give it a try – so, so happy I did! There are 26.2 chapters in the book, each dedicated to a different aspect of running, and are told through Kristin’s experiences. There were so many anecdotes I related to, and I absolutely love her outlook on life, running and family. Very inspirational and I highly suggest it!
Second Wind, by Cami Ostman
This one is about the author, Cami, who went through a tough divorce and started running to help her get through it. The book goes through her journey of not only becoming a runner, but her first marathon and her quest to run a marathon on each continent. Her world travels, perseverance, struggles and triumphs were fascinating and really made me think of running in a different way.
Kara Goucher’s Running for Women, by Kara Goucher (with Adam Bean)
Not going to lie, I bought this book because Kara wrote it (obviously). At first I was concerned it was more focused towards beginning runners, but Kara provides advice and tips for runners of all levels. Her outlook on running and the importance she places on balancing running with life is a great message for those of us (ahem, maybe me, ahem) that tend to be super type A crazy and may not always be the best at balance.
The less “fun” books are calling my name – hope everyone has a good weekend!
Question: Do you like reading books about running? Have a favorite? If not, what’s the best book you’ve read recently?