Thursday, February 4, 2010

On the Topic of Books

I like to read books, and lots of them.  Last year was the first year I kept track of how many books I read and I somehow managed to read 63 novels.  The sad part about this is that only one was related to running and it wasn't even about running (The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty).  This year I want to read at least a book or two about running.  If you could suggest only two books for someone to read about running, what would you suggest?

And, since this is a running blog - I managed to run a very long and slightly painful 6.33 miles this morning.  Long because the run seemed to be never ending.  Slightly painful because I have another cold and my throat is scratchy and sore.  I seem to be on the two weeks healthy - two weeks with a cold schedule.  I love winter but I'm looking forward to summer because I tend to be healthier.  I digress...books and 6.33 miles all in a days work.


Staci Dombroski said...

I love reading too! I think we should start a book exchange with the books we have to share :-) What do you think?

Staci Dombroski said...

I have not checked out the site! Thanks for letting me know :-)

candlerun (htabby) said...

Running books?

Anything by John Bingham, loved the book 'I Run Therefore I'm Nutz' (funny), the obvious hit lately 'Born to Run,' and can't remember the exact name right now but there is a collection of woman's inspiration running stories that was a nice read.

I don't know what your training plans are but if you are getting sick I would hold back a bit, maybe an extra day of rest, or just something.

Take care! :0)

Ewa said...

Chris McDougal Born to Run is probably the best running book I have ever read.

Stephanie Nichole said...

Agree with above comment... Born to Run!!! It's not a "how to" but you still get a ton of insight from some top runners but you're also very entertained by the story!!!

Book 2: Born to Run (seriously, read it twice!). Amazing!!!

I just started "Adavanced Marathoning" -- I have it on my Ebook reader-- if you're reading a ton you might want to think about investing in a Kindle. They're absolutely fantastic and you save a ton on Ebooks.


Julie said...

Hi Suzy,
I love reading books too but have read no where near the number you have! I do like the book, Born To Run. Hang in there Suzy, spring will come soon:)

onelittletrigirl said...

Anything by Jodi Picoult!!! I love her!

I wish I could read that often, but my school-work takes up way too much time. Being an English major, I already read entirely too much!!!

Lorian said...

I am sorry, but I don't have any running books to recommend. Sorry your run wasn't optimal...I do dread those runs. Colds have been aplenty in our household too.

Jill said...

That's incredible that you can read that many books; I feel blessed when I can get to 10 a year! Hope you're feeling better soon!!! Hang in there.

Teamarcia said...

I give you tons of credit for doing 6 feeling that way!
As for running books,
Born to Run
The Athlete's Way by Chris Berglund
Chi Running
Run Less Run Faster (But I'm biased)
Brain Training for Runners

JenLo said...

The Non-Runner's Marathon Guide for Women (Dawn Davis) is really funny...even if you are a runner. It's non-fiction, but very entertaining. Sole Sisters might be the inspirational one that Candlerun mentioned. It is really good too. I also like John Bingham--I've read a couple of his

ajh said...

The most recent running book I read was Bart Yassos. My Life on the Run I think. Fairly fun, an easy read.
I read all the time. I also like all of John Bingham books although it's been awhile since I read one. If you read any good running ones let us know.

J said...

I have read Born to Run and it was pretty good. Also Dean Karnazas books are AMAZING! They are so inspiring!

Hope you feel better soon! Colds and sore throats and no fun :(

The Happy Runner said...

My Life on the Run, Yasso.
Strides, Cheever.
And Dean Karnazes' books.

Feel better!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I hope you get feeling better! Way to get through the miles in spite of being sick!!

Badgergirl said...

I love to read, but can't remember the last running book I read. I'm waiting patiently for my library to send me Born to Run though.

Sorry to hear you're feeling under the weather. I'm battling my third cold since the new year. Thinking I might be able to handle a run tomorrow.