About 10 years ago I decided to become a runner. A few years after that, a triathlete. Now I’m trying to find my way out of mild obesity and back to the roads. Along the way, books provided me instruction and inspiration, and here is a sampling of them.
- The Courage to Start by John Bingham. The first “running” book I read. John, The Penguin, Bingham tells his own story of going from couch potato to marathoner. “The miracle isn’t that I finished; the miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
- Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham. A realistic look at what it takes to run 26.2 for yourself.
- Run Less, Run Faster The book describing the FURMAN FIRST training program in great detail. I have used this training method several times and it is definitely my favorite.
- The Complete Book of Running for Women. As it describes, it talks about everything running related from the perspective of women.
- Going Long. Inspirational stories from the editors of Runner’s World magazine.
- Performance Nutrition for Runners by Matt Fitzgerald. One of many great books by Fitzgerald about running and nutrition. In easy to understand language.
- Triathlon 101 The basics.
- The Woman Triathlete by Christina Gandolfo. Again, basics from the women’s perspective.
- It’s Not about the Bike by Lance Armstrong. Perspective.
- Columbia Running Routes. If you live in Howard County, Maryland, this book is an amazing resource for routes around town. Short or long, they’re all there. This made a huge difference in my early life as a runner. You can only get this book at Feet First in Columbia, or call me, I have two!
The final post comes tomorrow: Fiction Favorites.