My Favorite Running Books – Part One

I’ve always been a big reader!  When I was little – Daddy would tell me not to bring a book to the table while I was eating.  So, during breakfast, I would read the cereal box or anything that was close with writing on it. In grade school, I would get certificates for reading books.  So, I guess you could say that I am an avid reader.

I love to read mysteries – and, of course, I love to read books about running.  Not only books about the “how-to’s”, but books about different runners and their stories.  I thought that I’d share some of my favorites with you over the next few blog posts.  (I don’t want to bore you with a long list in one post – I want to tell you why I love the book).

Let’s get started!  (These are not going to be in order – just the order in which they popped into my brain!)

My Life On The Run by Bart Yasso.  Bart Yasso is the Chief Running Officer for Runner’s World and run races all around the world.  This is the story of his life, his running escapades and how he runs while dealing with lime disease.  This is a very enjoyable book that will take you away to all his running locations.

Marathon, A Novel by Hal Higdon.  This is definitely my favorite fiction running book.  Most of you know Hal Higdon for his training plans.  Marathon is a super novel about a race director and the trials that he goes through with race day quickly approaching.  He has to deal with a super celebrity appearing, the possible loss of his major sponsor and an approaching storm.  I have read this book many times and it never gets old.

Marathon by Hal Higdon

Confessions Of An Unlikely Runner by Dana L. Ayers.  This book had me laughing all the way through.  Dana is a childhood bookworm who decides she wants to become an athlete.  She has done mudder runs, Ragner relays, marathons, etc.  She talks about getsting electrocuted, splitting her pants during a long run and duct taping them shut and paying to sign a death wager before tough mudders.  But, she has come to love running and challenging herself.  You’ll love her little anecdotes that she spills throughout the book.

That’s it for today.  I hope that you’ll click on the link and read more about these books.  They are definitely 3 of my favorites.

See ya next time with some more running book goodies!



Making Your Running A Habit

Many people start out with the intention of beginning and sticking with a running program. However, for one reason or another the majority of them will quit before even really getting to enjoy all the benefits of running. So, it’s important to start off on the right foot – so to speak. Read on for some tips on getting your running program started correctly. First of all, you need to set a time to run – and stick to it. A big reason that many want to be runners quit is because they don’t make their running a priority. With all the benefits that you gain from running, you need to make sure that it is important for you to get it done. If you just have the attitude that I’ll get it in sometime today – it probably won’t get done. So, make sure that you set aside a … {Continue Reading… }

It’s Alright To Be Old School – Just Look At Ed Whitlock

I’ll freely admit it – I am an old school runner.  And, proud of it!  I don’t do a lot of the fad things and I pretty much just run.  And, I just found out that old school can work pretty well – for a lot of years. I was on my long run today and listening to a Runners Connect podcast.  Tina Muir was interviewing Ed Whitlock – a masters runner living in Canada now.  Ed Whitlock is not only a masters runner – he’s fast.  He just ran a 7:18 for the mile – which he says was “soft”, he ran a 1:50 half marathon at age 85 (his current age) and ran a 2:54 marathon when he was 73. I absolutely loved listening to him.  He runs.  That’s it.  He does no cross training, no speed work, no weights, etc.  He listens to his body and backs … {Continue Reading… }

Maybe I Am Like A Horse!

What would you do if your running friends called you a horse?  Especially, if you are a female. That’s exactly what a group of 3 guys that I used to run with called me. This was in the mid to late 90’s when I used to run 3-4 days a week with these running buds. They would meet me at my office, at my house at another location – wherever we wanted to run from. We would run all different distances and always had a lot of fun together.  But, they had one small problem with me.  I always sped up the last mile. I really didn’t even know that I did it.  It just happened.  They would tell me that I was like a horse. When a horse knows that it’s close to the barn, it will speed up to get home.  So, that’s how I was the horse. … {Continue Reading… }

30 Questions With The Streaking Runner

I get a lot of questions about my personal running.  If you allow me, I thought that I’d share some of them (and my answers) here. Here ya go. How did you get started running?   I started running in 1978 when I was in college.  My friend and I started running to get rid of some excess weight.  (You know – college years).  She was also trying to catch the eye of a member of the college cross country team.  Almost 40 years later, I’m still running and she is still married to the runner she was trying to “catch”! How long have you been running?   Since 1978. Why do you keep running?   I keep running to stay healthy and to stay in good shape.  I do like to eat!  And, truthfully, after all these years – I don’t even think about it anymore.  It’s just something that I … {Continue Reading… }

Have We Made Running Too Complicated?

Running, as people like to say, is a “simple” sport.  Yes, it used to be that way.  But, is it still? Personally, I don’t believe so.   OK, I know I’m probably going to sound like the person that used to walk to school in the snow uphill both ways – but, here goes. There’s a humorous picture of a marathon runner that has so much gear on them and carrying that they look like they are going into a survival weekend in the wild.  They have a back pack on, a gear belt on, an arm band with their phone, etc.  Do we really need that much stuff to go on a run? Runners think that they can’t run around the block without carrying the kitchen sink with them and without their phone.  I see so many posts on social media where a runner has gone ballistic because their … {Continue Reading… }

I Love My Gym!

I was having a little bit of trouble coming up with a blog post, so I googled for ideas.  One of them was pros and cons of your gym.  Perfect!  So, here we go with a little bit about my gym and why I love it! First of all, I guess that I should admit that my gym is in my basement.  There’s a BIG reason for this.  If I had to actually drive somewhere to work out – I would never do it.  I love the convenience of just wandering down to the basement after a run to get my weight workout done. I’m set up with everything that I need.  I have a weight bench (actually 2), dumb bells, medicine balls, balance ball, dip bar.  Everything that I need.  I even have an exercise bike – one that I used in high school every morning.  Not high tech, … {Continue Reading… }

The Best Way To Keep A Running Streak Alive

Being a Streaker for over 30 years – this is probably one of the questions that I get the most. Runners always ask how I can run every day and how I stay motivated to do so. It’s really kind of funny.  After this long, I really don’t think about it that much anymore.  Running is just a part of my life – like brushing my teeth and eating.  It’s just something that I do. When I think back about it – there’s a few answers.  First of all, I always tell runners to listen to what their body is telling them.  If they are feeling a little “glitchy”, back down for the day.  Either go slower or go fewer miles.  Your body is probably trying to tell you something.  This is one thing that I’ve always done. Another thing that’s been my stand through all these years is to … {Continue Reading… }

Race 13.1 Roanoke Recap – Slowest Half Marathon Ever – But, I Had A Blast!

Last Saturday was the latest half marathon in the Race 13.1 Series Races – and was held right here in my hometown of Roanoke.  So, of course, I had to do it. Now, to start my story – I’ve been fighting a little “glitch”.  I really don’t know what it is.  It’s mostly in my butt, and a little bit on the top of the back of my leg.  So, somewhere between glute, SI or hammy.  Running doesn’t really bother it – it is just an annoyance when I run.  What hurts the most – and I mean hurt – is when I’m driving.  And, considering I drive 1 1/2 hours each way to my Mom’s every week……well, let’s just say it gets downright uncomfortable. I’ve been doing exercises for all 3 – plus Piriformis exercises.  And, seeing my chiropractor a couple of times a week.  The week of the … {Continue Reading… }

Reasons To Run Alone

Yes, I can hear some of you yelling at me through your computer already.  But, I have some very valid reasons why it is advantageous to run by yourself.  Yes, I know that it can be great to have someone to run with you to help the miles go by.  Yes, I know about camaraderie.  Years ago – we’re talking 15 or more years ago, I ran 4-5 times a week with a group of guys that were my bestie running friends.  But, then I started running by myself – and I absolutely love it!  Here’s some reasons why:  You won’t try to be a runner that you aren’t.  When you are running with someone else – you will try to keep up with their pace – whether they are slower or faster than you.  If you’re the slower runner – you won’t kill yourself trying to keep up with … {Continue Reading… }