Read and Run: Five Books on Going Farther
Posted on May 9, 2020
As in every spring, my neighborhood has come to life with people spending time outside. It seems our shelter-in-place guidelines have brought an increase in morning joggers as well. This is no surprise, as jogging brings numerous physical and mental health benefits. (A New Hampshire man even recently ran a marathon in his backyard, circling the 623 laps one by one!)
For running regulars, or those tightening their laces for the first time, here are a few digital titles to borrow. This mix of eBooks and eAudiobooks is sure to motivate your next run.
Born to Run examines distance running and the peaks of human endurance. Along the way, Christopher McDougall presents a love letter to the act of running.
Few people can claim as large an influence on running in America than Phil Knight. The Nike founder details challenges in building a behemoth that revolutionized sneakers.
Haruki Murakami reflects in this memoir on changes in his life, from jazz bar owner to writer and runner. His thoughtful style articulates how running cuts through the figurative fog. As he writes, “Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: That’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as well.”
In Endure’s review of human limits, it concludes many barriers are more mental than physical. Alex Hutchinson meets with top athletes and scientific researchers to explain what we can achieve.
Injuries are a worry for many runners, making proper stretching a must. Who better to ask than the creator of “The Classical Stretch” on PBS? Miranda Esmonde-White offers this useful guide of gentle exercises to resolve aches and pains.
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