Why I Run Wednesday #10

The ‘Why I Run Wednesday’ posts are a weekly feature exploring a past, present, or future reason why I run.

Several books about running and nutrition on a shelf
My running-centric bookshelf

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.

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