The ‘Why I Run Wednesday’ posts are a weekly feature exploring a past, present, or future reason why I run.
Not only has running led me to writing, it has renewed my interest in reading for leisure. I’ll pick up nearly any book about running, more often than not non-fiction, ranging from biography to nutrition to training plans.
During a 24-hour community bike ride (Powderhorn 24 in Minneapolis) we were asked to name our favorite recent book. I answered “Hanson’s Marathon Method!” and the volunteer responded, slightly perplexed, “Well I haven’t heard that one yet tonight…” To this day that remains my go-to response since I actually applied what I learned in that book. Specifically, I ran my fastest ever marathon following the book’s instructions (fun fact: longest suggest run is only 16 miles. An intense, difficult, grueling 16 miles not far off goal marathon pace).
Right now I happen to have a stack of running books to devour, a mix of Christmas gifts and library finds. Since Jen and I decided to start reading Daring Greatly at the same time so we could have our own ‘book club,’ I am mixing in these running reads on a somewhat random basis:
- Running Your First Ultra by Krissy Moehl (recommended on a trail running podcast)
- The Ultra Mindset by Travis Macy (selected on a whim while browsing Barnes & Noble to use a gift card)
Slow Burn: Burn Fat Faster By Exercising Slower by Stu Mittleman (suggested by my chiropractor, so I reserved a copy at the library)
I most recently read:
- To Be a Runner: How Racing Up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Taking On a 5-K Makes You a Better Person (and the World a Better Place) by Martin Dugard (I struggled with this one; the read was easy but I am not sure if I’d really get along well with the author and the entire book is about what running means to him… Which is also awkward to think that since I could see my entire blog taking the form of a similar-style book…)
- Running on Air by Bud Coates (yes, you really can learn to breath better)
So why do I run? For the good reads.