Friday, February 25, 2011

Running Readings

In the last few months I've purchased/been given quite a few running/fitness books.

Yesterday this book was delivered to the office:

I haven't had a chance to start reading it yet, but it looks pretty good.

I found out about it from the million emails that Runner's World sends me daily.

The chapter I'm looking forward to reading is the one on nutrition. It's definitely one of the things I need to work on. The other being core strength/leg strength.

Strength is being addressed by seeing a Personal Trainer, which starts on Tuesday. Hopefully they can help with nutrition, but otherwise I'll just have to try to figure it out.

I recently finished reading '50 Marathons in 50 Days'. I really enjoyed this book. If you're not a runner I can't imagine you'd get anything out of it.

The only problem with this book is that Dean Karnazes makes running a marathon sound so easy. He mentions a bunch of first time marathon runners that are able to run with him the whole way (he adjusts his pace, but he still runs all marathons well under 5 hours).

Somehow, I don't think a marathon is as easy as he makes it out to be. Especially running 50 in 50 days. What a lunatic.

I bought Lance Armstrong's book after reading Born to Run, as it was mentioned a few times in there. But I've yet to read it.

I bought Susie Burrell's 'Losing the Last 5kg' when I was searching for Michelle Bridges' version of it. Turned out it hadn't been released yet when I was looking.

I actually had seen quotes from Burrell's book in Cleo/Cosmo/Madison at one point. So I thought I'd give it a go.

Burrell lists a detox diet at the beginning of the book. At the time of reading her detox diet included more food than I was actually eating. So, I gave it a go. With some modifications. Her detox soup was quite nice, and I enjoyed having turkey and rice for dinner for over a week.

However, as I started to ramp up into February to run 100km I had to stop the silly eating habits. It wasn't working, I needed so much more fuel.

I haven't really read Michelle Bridges' book yet. I skimmed through it, but generally didn't find it containing anything that was motivating/helpful for me. I can see for beginner exercisers it would be okay. But not really for me.

At the moment I'm taking a break from fitness/health books and also from biographies (just finished 127 Hours, also have Portia De Rossi's book to read), and reading 'The Slap' by Christos Tsiolkas.


  1. Great work Julie - love your 100km challenge idea. You are going to romp it in ! Which half marathon are you training for ?

  2. Canberra half marathon on 10th April!