10 Books: Becoming Fit.

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.

  1. 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.”
  2. Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham. A realistic look at what it takes to run 26.2 for yourself.
  3. 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.
  4. The Complete Book of Running for Women. As it describes, it talks about everything running related from the perspective of women.
  5. Going Long. Inspirational stories from the editors of Runner’s World magazine.
  6. Performance Nutrition for Runners by Matt Fitzgerald. One of many great books by Fitzgerald about running and nutrition. In easy to understand language.
  7. Triathlon 101 The basics.
  8. The Woman Triathlete by Christina Gandolfo. Again, basics from the women’s perspective.
  9. It’s Not about the Bike by Lance Armstrong. Perspective.
  10. 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.

One thought on “10 Books: Becoming Fit.

  1. Ali Hoffman July 6, 2012 / 5:16 pm

    This is a great list! Thanks for sharing and happy reading to you!

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