Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz

Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz

All types of running related books are reviewed by two non-elite track, road and trail runners. Observation and description of running books intended to inform, help and inspire anyone involved or related to running at any level. Whenever possible we chat with the author about the book, but if not then we try to do it justice. If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! Visit our page on the Buy Me A Coffee website: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLiz

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August 1, 2022 84 min

Running the Orient is the story of Gavin Boyter’s 2300 mile run across Europe with his girlfriend Aradhna who follows him in their camper-van Roxy. The Orient Express was a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883. It started in Paris and end in Istanbul, and along the way stopped in Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, and Bucharest. Gavin’s goal was to run the same route and stop at each of the station locations in ...

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In this episode we start with some general run chatter before reflecting on everything we learned and thought about related to books 41 to 50.

Here is a list of the books we talk about:
One Last Mile, by Roger Saltsman
Run Like a Pro, by Matt Fitzgerald and Ben Rosario
Race Across America, by Charles Kastner
Could Have Happened at Parkrun, by Simon C. Jones
Runner’s World Meals on the Run, Edited by Joanna Sayago Golub
Marathon: The Ulti...

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July 1, 2022 66 min

Breakthrough Women’s Running is a guide written by Neely Spence Gracey and Cindy Kuzma to help get female runners to their next breakthrough in running, regardless of their running ability. The book is divided into 4 parts and covers everything from goal setting to training plans you can follow for the 5k through marathon distances. In between it covers female specific challenges like training at different times during your menstru...

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June 15, 2022 76 min

Running with Purpose is Jim Weber’s story of how he developed his leadership qualities and was able to elevate Brooks to the power house running brand it is today. As a child Jim loved hockey and hoped to play professionally one day, which never happened despite his dedication to the sport. Luckily he discovered running and became just as passionate about helping runners through the development of quality technical running gear.

The...

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June 1, 2022 76 min

Finding Gobi is both Dion’s memoire and the story of how a little dog from the Gobi desert ended up finding his way to a family in the UK. Dion talks about some difficult moments in his life like when his father died of an asthma attack when he was only 9 years old, and then how his mom told him that his dad was never really his dad. Despite a difficult start, Dion made a good life for himself and found the love of his life, Lucja....

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26.2 Miles to Happiness is Paul Tonkinson’s memoire and an account of his sub-3 hour marathon. Paul lost his mother when he was very young, and he had a rocky relationship with his step-mom between the ages of 6 and 13. He explains some of the scars that this relationship left him with well into adulthood, and how running helped him overcome them. As a young boy Paul would wake up before anyone else in the household to sneak off fo...

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Daniels’ Running Formula is a training guide based on principles that coach and exercise physiology PhD, Jack Daniels, has been using to train his athletes for decades.

The book is divided into two parts:
Part I: Understanding the formula for training
Part II: Applying the Formula to Competitive Events

The first part describes the fundamentals of what goes into good running performance, types of training intensities, the VDOT system, a...

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Marathon, The Ultimate Training Guide is in it’s 5 edition and the original version came out in 1993. This book is solely dedicated to training and preparing to run the half-marathon or marathon distance. The book covers the entire marathon journey from the very beginning stages where someone is starting to run and maybe not even sure they will love the sport, to tapering and race day logistics. In between Hal covers a lot of topic...

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Meals on the Run is a compilation of recipes from different authors and edited by Joanna Sayago Golub.  The recipes come from various sources including several registered dieticians and elite Athletes; Kara Goucher has contributed a recipe along with the Forward to the book.

The book is broken up into 9 chapters, with each chapter being a category of foods:

  • Breakfast
  • Smoothies and juices
  • Snacks and sweets
  • Salads
  • Soups and Stews
  • Pasta and ...
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    Could Have Happened at Parkrun is a book of short stories written during Covid lockdown when parkruns... like many other activities… were cancelled. The uniting theme in all 12 stories is that they all play out at the Wycombe Rye parkrun in the UK. Each story is around a realistic scenario but is not a true story, and they come with some fun titles. Before each story there is a description of the origin of the story that sets the s...

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    In this episode we start by chatting about our sub-3 hour attempt in October 2021 and our plans for 2022 before reflecting on everything we learned in books 31 to 40.

    Here is a list of the books we talk about:
    Today We Die A Little, by Richard Askwith
    The Running Drug, by Tim Beynon
    When Running Made History, by Roger Robinson
    Running the World, by Nick Butter
    Mental Training for Ultrarunning, by Addie Bracy
    Running Against The Odds ,by ...

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    February 15, 2022 66 min

    Race Across America takes place in the late 1920’s. In those years a decent living wage for a family was $2500 per year so when Charles Pyle announced that he was organizing a trans-American stage race with a first-place prize of $25 000 it’s no surprise that people signed up. Winning this first place prize would mean that your family was set for life. In the 1920’s running competitions were mostly for amateurs, and a race with pri...

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    Run Like Pro Even If You’re Slow attempts to break down key habits and traits of professional runners and make them available to the rest of us. We tend to think that professional runners are somehow fundamentally different from the rest of us, but a lot of those differences are due to better lifestyle habits and more emotional intelligence which are things we can all improve to become faster runners. Each chapter of the book focus...

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    January 15, 2022 64 min

    One Last Mile is a fictional story of a talented but slightly arrogant high school track athlete named Eric who was certain he would be snagging a scholarship spot at any University he chose. He routinely won races but didn't always take his coaches directives seriously.mIn his senior year everything changed after an accident that left Eric with a broken ankle, and haunting images of his friend Buzzy’s death. Buzzy was intellec...

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    January 1, 2022 94 min

    Anatomy of Speed is a very detailed book explaining what speed is, what you need in order to properly train for speed, and all the different components that make up speed. The book has 12 chapters: 

  • Chapters 1 and 2 explain in depth what speed is and why it is important.
  • Chapters 3 through 10 are about the warm-up, strength, and different components of speed. These chapters have detailed explanations of the theory and also exercises ...
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    December 15, 2021 106 min

    Run Well, written by general practitioner Dr. Juliet McGrattan, is a book that answers common medical questions that runners have. The book is written in a question and answer format with a short introduction at the beginning of each chapter. The questions are grouped into chapters based on body systems, starting with the head, and there is one chapter at the end on self-care. Chapter introductions include drawings of relevant biol...

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    December 1, 2021 81 min

    An Unstoppable Runner is the story of David Williams running journey and life. He starts running in high school but doesn’t continue afterwards. In early adulthood he starts drinking and smoking, and this habit continued until he realized that he was not very healthy. One day one of David’s colleagues told him to go buy a pair of running shoes, and this is how he started running again. David has over 40 years of running in his legs...

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    November 15, 2021 55 min

    Join us for a discussion with author Tim Wills, about his bookThe Ultra Mile. The Ultra Mile describes what goes into running the ultra distances, why something so difficult is also appealing, and how really long distances like 100 miles are really a team effort. The book introduces us to different aspects of running although it is not an exhaustive resource on any one topic. The book is divided into 6 parts:
    1. Running
    2. Preliminar...

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    Running Against The Odds is a testament that past traumas and emotional blockades stand no chance against motivation, will power, and can only fuel the desire to become a champion and emerge victorious.  This book is Coach Dez’s memoire. He divides his journey into 3 parts:

  • Childhood
  • College years
  • Coaching
  • His journey starts with a turbulent childhood which is when he also discovers running. He initially only tries out for the cross co...

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    Ultra-endurance events have the highest dropout rates. While some people need to drop out due to injury, you may need to drop out because you are lacking the mental strength needed to get through a rough patch.  Addie Bracy's book, Mental Training for Ultrarunning, has many exercises and techniques to help you build a tool box so that you have what you need to get you through a tough race.  Although the examples and featured at...

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