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5/20/14 7:54 P

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I love the book Run Less Run Faster for folks who are looking at trying to get faster. I have the first version below is the link for the updated version. It is researched based program for training 3 days a week with 2 days of cross training. It's a great method for masters who can benefit from less days of running avoid injury. The days that you do run thought a really tough workouts. I would not recommend for a first time marathoner because the program is really challenging. There are programs in the book for all different race distances. I refer back to the book again and again and have loaned it out numerous times. emoticon






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"Older, Lighter, Faster"
Masters PRs: I am 49
5K 23:13 (7:28)
10K 48:50 (7:53)
Half-Marathon 1:49 (8:19)
Marathon 3:57 (9:04)

Upcoming Races:
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11-1-14 Monumental Marathon Indianapolis



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1/1/14 6:33 P

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Finished 'Running Well' by Sam Murphy and Sarah Connors. The date on this book is 2008, not sure if there's a more current version. Excellent book that covers technique (form, gear), training (cross, speed work, core strength exercises), damage control (prevention of injuries, rehab exercises). Would recommend it for any runner.

~Smitty (Ann), EST

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11/27/13 8:16 P

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We just received our copy of the new Runner's World Cookbook. I think I'm going to like this book. The first words in the preface are: "Runners love to eat. In fact, it's the reason why many of us at Runner's World run in the first place..." That applies to me too.
Their first cookbook had quite a few really good recipes, in fact some of our favorite dishes.

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11/14/13 6:25 A

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Not sure if this classifies as a running book, but I just re-read Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes. He's a crazy good runner and aims for extremely long distances. It's an easy read of how he overcame stress and a bad diet and never fails to boost my motivation up a notch (although I will never be an ultra marathoner).

~Smitty (Ann), EST

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10/18/13 7:36 A

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I really love this book--read it several years ago. Like the connection of running and play, it relieves the stress of 'competition' (from self) for me. Thanks for the post...will have to look it up again.

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10/7/13 8:23 P

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Running & Being by Dr. George Sheehan

This book is on my wishlist. It was on the best seller list in 1978. They are reprinting it to introduce it to a whole new generation of runners. Sheehan had a very popular column in Runners World back then. You can read an excerpt here: http://m.runnersworld.com/books/running-be
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Amazon's synopsis: A New York Times bestseller for 14 weeks in 1978, Running & Being became known as the philosophical bible for runners around the world. More than thirty years after its initial publication, it remains every bit as relevant today.

Written by the late, beloved Dr. George Sheehan, Running & Being tells of the author’s midlife return to the world of exercise, play and competition, in which he found “a world beyond sweat” that proved to be a source of great revelation and personal growth. But Running & Being focuses more on life than it does, specifically, on running. It provides an outline for a lifetime program of fitness and joy, showing how the body helps determine our mental and spiritual energies.

Drawing from the words and actions of the great athletes and thinkers throughout history, Sheehan ties it all together with his own philosophy on the importance of fitness and sport, as well as his knowledge of training, injury prevention, and race competition. Above all, Sheehan describes what it means to experience the oneness of body and mind, of self and the universe. In this, Sheehan argues, we have the power to discover “the truth that makes men free.”

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Chicago HM 09/07/14 PR 2:35:53.
Friendship 5k, 07/16/14 PR 31:24.
Chinatown 5k, 07/12/14
Rotary Run 10K, 06/07/14.
Chicago Spring HM May 18, 2014.
PUC Spring Fling 5K, 04/19/14.
Asheville, NC 1st HM, March 16th, 2014.
Warm your Heart 5K, feb 23, 2014.
10K Hero Half, Oct 2013 1:07:34, 1st in AG. PR.

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10/5/13 7:33 A

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The Vegetarian Sports Nutrition Guide by Lisa Dorfman. I'm not vegetarian or vegan, but when I mentioned to a friend I wanted to clean up my diet, she (who is vegan) recommended this book. It's easy to read, has full page bios of athletes--a lot of runners-- who eat the vegetarian way. What I liked about it is that it broke down the powerhouse nutrients into chapters explain what they are/how they work, had recipes and also a chapter on eating for competition.

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8/25/13 3:55 P

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Nancy Clark's Food Guide for Marathoners
Just finished reading this book. Has a great deal of information about what and when to eat. If your not quite sure if you are fueling correctly for you runs this is a good resource. It is not a real deep book going into the molecular benefits of different foods, it focuses on eating wisely and the value of eating what and when.
She makes suggestions for snacks, what to eat before, during and after long runs and what to drink. She also suggests different foods for people that run at different times of the day.
Nancy also has a new general nutrition book coming out later this year, but this one is more focused on what runners should be eating.
I found the information quite helpful. Referred to the book again today with a question about what options she suggests for breakfast foods for a morning runner. If you are trying to eat healthier and have energy to run this could be a good book for you.

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8/18/13 9:23 P

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Book Review:
Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald

From the Back Cover:
Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance

A 6-Step Plan to a Leaner Body and Better Performance

Improve Your Diet Quality
Manage Your Appetite
Balance Your Energy Stores
Monitor Your Weight and Performance
Time Your Nutrition
Train Right

Athletes know that every extra pound wastes energy and hurts performance. Racing Weight offers a proven weight management program exclusively designed for and endorsed by endurance athletes.

Revealing new research and drawing from the best practices of elite athletes, coach and nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald lays out six easy steps to get you lean for racing. You will find out how to avoid the common lifestyle and training hang-ups that keep your optimal weight—and your best race—just out of reach.


Here is the link to this book on amazon:
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I am reading this book through for the second time. It has a lot of good information. I particularly like how it not just geared from runners but all endurance athletes. I have also found it helpful to think about being lean as a way to improve my running rather than the same old "I need to lose weight" mentality. It has helped me with being more committed to fueling my body better. If you have not read anything about nutrient timing the chapter on this topic is excellent. So often we train so hard and then blow it with how we eat. I would recommend this book to anyone who is serious about reaching their fastest racing weight. emoticon

Karen
"Older, Lighter, Faster"
Masters PRs: I am 49
5K 23:13 (7:28)
10K 48:50 (7:53)
Half-Marathon 1:49 (8:19)
Marathon 3:57 (9:04)

Upcoming Races:
8-24-14 Run By The Sea Santa Cruz
11-1-14 Monumental Marathon Indianapolis



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7/27/12 4:42 P

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Hello All:

It's Saturday afternoon so I trust some of you are feeling the aches and pains of a long run earlier today. Some of you who know me well know that I am a voracious reader. This review will be on Marshall Ulrich's book Running on Empty I met home at the Illinois Marathon any many club members are going to this marathon.

Amazon gives this overview of the book:

A versatile, world-class extreme endurance athlete, he's an ultrarunner, Seven Summits mountaineer, and adventure racer. Marshall's prolific athletic career has earned him numerous wins, records, and firsts on some of the toughest courses in the world and taken him to the top of the highest mountains, including Mount Everest--all in his forties and fifties. At the age of 57, Marshall ran 3,063.2 miles across the United States, from San Francisco to New York City, in 52.5 days. His first book, "Running on Empty," is a memoir mostly about the transcontinental run, but it also includes tales and lessons learned from all his athletic pursuits, some painful, some funny, some completely life-changing.

My thoughts in the book:

WOW! This guy is amazing. -Talk about determination and dedication. I had a hard time putting this book down once I started it and read most of it in one weekend. It is the type of book that stays in your head and really inspires. I thought about the book as my week was winding down getting closer to my 20 miler Saturday...a distance that always racks (not to be confused with wracks) my nerves the days before and always challenges at a deep level. I kept thinking "My word if Marshall Ulrich at 57 can run 2 marathons and a 10K per day for 50 days straight surely I can do this 20 miler!"

Another aspect of this book that drew me in is how brutally honest and real Ulrich is about how his obsession with pushing his body to the ultimate limits and the time and energy invested in this quest, has taken a toll on his relationships particularly those as a husband and father. Here one is able to ask oneself where is the line between commitment and obsession? What am I willing to sacrifice for my running goals? What is it all worth to me? For Marshall Ulrich is has been worth surgically removing all his toenails and doing some permanent damage to his body in his transcontinental run. The book, although at times painful reading about the pain and suffering this guys intentionally inflicts on himself, has an uplifting and satisfying ending.

He is a fascinating man and I loved meeting him at the Illinois Marathon! Check out my blog with this review to see a picture of me with him!

This book can be purchased right now at www.amazon..com for $10.40 but the price fluctuates. It is worth every penny!



Karen
"Older, Lighter, Faster"
Masters PRs: I am 49
5K 23:13 (7:28)
10K 48:50 (7:53)
Half-Marathon 1:49 (8:19)
Marathon 3:57 (9:04)

Upcoming Races:
8-24-14 Run By The Sea Santa Cruz
11-1-14 Monumental Marathon Indianapolis



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7/13/12 9:43 A

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I think It's a great idea to review books on running. Thanks for this one!

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7/13/12 9:30 A

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Sounds like an interesting book written by quite a character.
Strongly agree about the camaraderie a running group offers. Lucky to have several really good groups in Houston.
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7/12/12 8:45 P

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Book Review:

Timeless Running Wisdom by Richard Benyo

amazon.com gives this overview of this book:

“In Timeless Running Wisdom, longtime runner and author Rich Benyo takes you on a journey spanning the trends of the sport and the approaches, concepts, and methods that have bred success and satisfaction across generations of runners. Discover how to embrace simplicity; change up routes, distances, and terrains; keep your running in proportion to the rest of your life; and create your own adventure runs. It’s all here—practical, compelling, and fantastic.”

My Thoughts:

This is a quick and simple read and a real gem. Benyo has many years of experience in both running and writing. This work read like a no-nonsense straight forward book of great tips about all aspects of running from psychological aspects, to training to racing. I liked that was potpourri of topics rather than a running book on one specific topic. As the title implies, Benyo provides sage advice that educates the novice runners and reminds the experienced runner of why they have been hitting the roads all these years. Another really cool aspect of the book is that he has invited many famous runners, such a Dean Karnazes, Bill Rodgers and Joan Benoit-Samuelson (my personal hero!) to contribute short sections to various chapters of the book.

In his chapter titled Join a Running Club, which we all know is a splendid idea, he writes”

“The most valuable commodity a running club provides is an element you can’t put a price on, camaraderie. Any activity is more fun when you’re doing it with a group of like minded people.” He also mentions running clubs that have chartered planes to go to races together! How cool does that sound?

Lastly, of special interest to Midwesterners…according to his website:

For more than a decade, Rich has portrayed Mark Twain at a mid-summer Koyote Howling Ritual in the middle of the wilderness with roughly 100 guys who spend the weekend drinking beer, smoking cigars, and howling at the moon.


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Karen
"Older, Lighter, Faster"
Masters PRs: I am 49
5K 23:13 (7:28)
10K 48:50 (7:53)
Half-Marathon 1:49 (8:19)
Marathon 3:57 (9:04)

Upcoming Races:
8-24-14 Run By The Sea Santa Cruz
11-1-14 Monumental Marathon Indianapolis



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