Thoughts on Running by Feel, by Matt Fitzgerald

Over the past month I have been really looking hard at my running again and what my real goals are versus my various delusions of grandeur. Which also means that I have been re-reading some of my old running books (ebook and hard copy), to ponder on what people who are much smarter than I am, write about running. You know books like the one below:

No matter what I want to believe, eventually Father Time wins all his battles. However, I do want to keep making the old bastard chuckle at my feeble attempts to keep running as far and fast as I can, for as long as I can.

Which means that I have to work on my knowing what I am “supposed” to do as I get to be an old fart according to the experts versus what I think I know, in addition to actually doing the work when it comes to MY running. Continue reading “Thoughts on Running by Feel, by Matt Fitzgerald”

This is the Post I Was Supposed to Write

Earlier this week, I was going to write about something else that I really love besides running…Sword and Sorcery Fantasy work by Dennis McKiernan and his world of Mithgar, but went off on a tangent.

So today, I figured I might as well get back to what I thought I was going to write that day. It is a bit lighter than other things I have written lately. 🙂

Over the years, I have read some pretty darn great Sword and Sorcery fantasy writers and their works. The likes of Tolkien, Brooks, Moorcock, Kay, Lewis to name a few. However it seems about every 2-3 years, I take the time to re-read my Dennis McKiernan collection. There is just something about the way that he writes that I devour the books and find something new or different when re-reading them.

Yes, the setting is very Tolkienesque, battles of good versus evil, with Elves, Dwarves, Humans and other similar character races. However, from my perspective McKiernan is less focused on the magic and more about the spirit the protagonists bring to the adventure against the obviously evil antagonist. Continue reading “This is the Post I Was Supposed to Write”

The Facebook ’10 Books That Stayed With You’ Meme Post

Mike over at Running Around the Bend got ‘tagged’ on a ’10 Books That Stayed With You’ post, and he tagged readers of his blog to go ahead and do their own lists.

“List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be the ‘right’ books or great words of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.”

I did it a little differently than the instructions (what else is new) and chose the 10 books or series that I have read, which affected me in some way and that I decided to keep in my personal library because of how they affected me.

My bookcase, although I have boxes of book and books hidden on other shelves
My bookcase, although I have boxes of book and books hidden on other shelves

Picking only 10 was difficult, but as you can see the books I chose were more Heroic Fantasy/Science Fiction (series) than any other genre. I enjoy the coming of age / heroic action, that take me away from the more mundane life that most of us lead. Continue reading “The Facebook ’10 Books That Stayed With You’ Meme Post”

Run Simple – Book Review

IMG_20140819_202907_168As someone who has been through a couple of running booms and has seen running go from basically: running shoes, shorts and t-shirt (maybe a painter’s cap or some kind of stopwatch), with a notebook to log your runs — to where it is now.

You know what I mean the:

  • GPS Watches
  • Heart rate monitors
  • Smart phones/apps
  • Fitness Trackers
  • Music/ear phones
  • Compression Gear
  • Hydration Gear
  • Belt pouches
  • Back packs for running
  • Tech Fabrics – socks, shirts, shorts, jackets, etc.
  • Online Training Logs
  • eZines, blogs, forums
  • The Internet and instant answers to all your running questions – information overload
  • Online Coaching
  • Online Shopping
  • Proliferation of high quality treadmills

Then there are so many running shoe choices, figuring out which ones are going to work for you is a whole different post?

I am not a Luddite when it comes to technology or adding/trying new stuff to help me become a better runner, if anything the opposite was the problem for a long while.

Unfortunately, I still get to feeling overwhelmed by all the “stuff” that seems to go along with or becoming a part of running in today’s world. So over the past couple of years I have looked to simplify my running where I can.

What do I really need to be happy as a runner?

Obviously not as much as I used to think, but a bit more than just a loin cloth.

I got some Amazon gift cards for my birthday and was looking for some new running books to read.

When I read the reviews for – Run Simple by Duncan Larkin, it intrigued me – a lot.

It seemed like something right up my alley. Continue reading “Run Simple – Book Review”

Brain Training For Runners – Book Review

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I just finished “Brain Training for Runners” written by Matt Fitzgerald, which was published in 2007.  The big push when I was leaving education last year was “Brain Training/Learning/Teaching” and I had some initial trainings in it, so I was interested in how this book incorporated brain training into running.
When I was thumbing through the book I turned to this quote and this is what made my decision to buy the book:

“According to the brain-centered model of exercise performance, a runner achieves his race goal when his brain calculates that achieving the race goal is possible without catastrophic self-harm.”

For some reason after reading that statement and the rest of the paragraph on page 57, I wanted to learn more about what Fitzgerald had to say. It piqued my curiosity.

Lots of Similarities

Something that struck me is that Fitzgerald’s view of a proper running form is very similar to the other books and articles that I have read recently and it also seems that he was on the leading edge of the minimalist/natural running movement that is much more mainstream today than it was back in 2007.

All the books that I have read recently seem to promote the same basic idea of what is good running form, injury prevention, nutrition and some other similar messages, but differ in how they get you to get there or the terminology being used.

Either there is a big bandwagon effect going on here or the running gurus are starting to agree that certain things are part of good running, because I am reading an awful lot about the following lately:

  • homo sapiens were designed to run
  • we get injured when we don’t run naturally
  • run more often, but run naturally (head erect, standing tall, compact arm swing, bending at the ankles, midfoot strike, etc.)
  • listen to your body/don’t run when injured
  • use minimalist type footwear
  • don’t beat your body to a pulp – have hard/easy days and rest days
  • eat right for you
  • do some crosstraining
  • if you race, it will hurt
I am sure there is more, but these seem to be the basics of how to run better, when you distill down all the information that is being put out lately.

A bit tedious

Getting back to “Brain Training for Runners”, I found the first three chapters tedious. I understand the need to set the ground work, so that the reader understands the “why” more later in the book when Fitzgerald is discussing “how to”.  However, getting through those first chapters was tough.
Once I got through chapter 3, I enjoyed the book a lot more. Chapters 4-10 gave me concrete ideas to follow and was written so that I understood, without my having to go back and re-read what he was trying to tell me several times, to figure it out.

Racing is Painful

In chapter 8 on “Mastering the Experience, he didn’t gloss over – that long distance racing at max effort is uncomfortable and can be painful. He tells it like it is, as you get fatigued, you start to hurt during a race and how well you do is often directly related to the amount of pain/discomfort you can deal with.
I appreciated his story about his inability to deal with the pain that accompanies racing when he was younger – been there done that. This is probably the real or at least part of the reason that I gave up racing for such a long time. I didn’t want to deal the with pain part of running races – because I knew if I was going to run a race and give it my best shot – it was gonna hurt and I don’t like to be in pain, when I don’t have to be.
This quote about accepting the pain made me stop and think about it for a few minutes:

“The meaning of “accepting pain” is quite literal. When it comes, you don’t wish it away, but instead welcome it as an indication that your are working as hard as you should be.”

In the past I never accepted the pain, I believed that it was something that was unwelcome, meant that I had gotten to the point where I would might hurt myself if I went any further and always backed away from the pain. I certainly have never “embraced the pain” in my career as a runner.
I guess that is the difference between a competitive runner and a recreational racer, their ability to “embrace the pain”.
A lot of what Fitzgerald wrote about in “Brain Training for Runners” probably applies to competitive runners or runners who want to take their training to the next level and become more competitive.  While the average runnah, could gain a lot from reading this book, I don’t really believe that it is geared towards a recreational runnah or racer.  I tend to believe that “Brain Training for Runners” is for those runners who want to take their running beyond running to run.

Part 2

The book also looks pretty thick at 562 pages, however part 1 of the book is only 208 pages, the remaining 300 plus pages in part 2 are different training plans that Fitzgerald has developed. It is actually a fairly quick read.
Part 2 of the book are training plans for various distances from 5K to Marathon. I am not a big fan of formal running programs in a book or online (personalized coaching is a different beast).
They might work great for some people, but for me I get too stressed if I don’t do what is planned. Even though Fitzgerald strongly advocates listening to your body and changing a workout when needed, knowing myself and my “let it be written, so it will be done” mentality…let’s just say I probably won’t use his training plans, exactly as he has written them.
I will however, take some of the his ideas and incorporate them into my running.
However, if for some reason I decided to become competitive again, this will be one of the books that I will look at while I am designing my training plan.

The reality is that

Books like this tend to push me towards the competitor side while I am reading them, but my history tells me that recreational racer better describes the kind of running I enjoy more and will probably do.
I found the book very insightful and fairly easy to read, once I got through chapter 3. “Brain Training for Runners” is a book I would recommend it to more experienced/intermediate runners who are thinking about taking their running to the “next” level.
I would give “Brain Training for Runners” a 6 on the 10 scale and will keep it in my library for future reference purposes.

Born to Run – My Thoughts After Reading It

I got through reading “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall last night. It was the kind of book that I found interesting enough to interrupt my Internet addiction which is saying something.

For a book that was a mishmash of widely different subjects — part travel log, origin of the species (homo sapiens), ultra running and exploitation of the Tarahamara by an unscrupulous “agent”.  Even though the book jumps around A LOT  – the different story lines meshed and worked together to hold my interest.

There have been several reviews of this book that go into detail about what it is about, so I am not going to bother with just another book review.

I went into reading “Born to Run” with a lot of encouragement from my Twitter Running community and my wanting to learn more about running differently than I do now.

Did this book really do this? Yes, no and sorta.

The Twitter community hit the nail pretty good as far as it being a great read and a book that I didn’t want to put down.

“Born to Run” gave a good synopsis of why we may have we (as a species) may have developed as long distance runners, which made sense to me. There were descriptions of how the Tarahamara looked when they run or how Scott Jurek “The Deer”, Barefoot Ted and some of the other Ultra runners looked while they were running.

The book also takes a look into the Tarahamara’s diet, which was quite different from the “normal” All-American diet and if you read between the lines “Born to Run” was saying, if you change your diet to more resemble their diet you will be healthier, lose weight and run better. It certainly is not the All-American diet of fast foot and crap food, so it actually made a lot of sense to me.

The hints and looks at different running styles and dietary differences are not in your face, they are embedded into the story and you have to tease them out while reading. Which was one of the reasons that I did like “Born to Run”. McDougall didn’t say “you have to it this way” and or try to tell me what I need to do, he simply and in story form told about how the Tarahamara did it along with how and why it was successful for them and others who used their methods.

Which was a big difference from many books on running that I have read lately and in the past.

I liked that “Born to Run” was told more as a story than as a boring ‘how to’ book or textbook on the origins of Homo sapiens and how we evolved into runners and how we are loosing that ability as a society with many of our modern conveniences.

It also gave you a quick behind the scenes look at some of the personalities in ultra-running and a not so pretty look at how the Tarahamara from his perspective were exploited, and the sciences – how they figured out how humans became runners.

But McDougall gave us this information by focusing on the people involved – not on how to or what they were using for equipment – all of that is woven into the story that he told about people.

“Born to Run” was also the author’s quest to change how he ran and found that to do so, that he had to go back to something more simple – more natural, both in his diet and his approach to running. It is something most of us can identify with and his triumphant finish at the end made me want to go out and run, right then (I didn’t though it was after midnight and my wife would have thought that I am crazier than she already thinks I am)  😉

The idea of getting back to something more simple is something that I and many other runners appear to have searched for. While “Born to Run” is not an instruction manual of how to “barefoot or run naturally” it definitely has motivated me look more closely into Barefoot/Natural Running and see if that is the direction that I need or want to go with my running.

I would definitely recommend that “Born to Run” be included in a list of books for both runners and non-runners to read. I know that this copy will stay on my bookshelf and be re-read again someday in the future and I don’t have all that many books that I say that about.

“Born to Run” is a great running story and has a lot of interesting people and information presented for you to think about, even if it does jump from topic to topic throughout the book, which initially – I didn’t really like.

Now to go read some more on Barefoot/Natural/Minimalist running and see how they relate and compare to Chi Running and The Pose Method, which were also mentioned in the book.  It seems that I have a bit of homework in front of me.

Thank you to my Twitter Running Community for encouraging me to read this book and to Christopher McDougall who told a great story, that held my interest enough to be away from the Internet while I was reading his book.

2011 and Beyond – My Running in the Future

I have written about my experiences as a runner in my 40 Years of Running Series and I can think of no better way to end this series than to look to the future.

Today is time to set goals related to running and look forward.

What are the biggest things that I want to begin to accomplish in 2012 or beyond?

First

That’s easy – just be able to run when I want to. 

No pain, major injuries and no minor ones that interfere with my running. That is the biggest thing I want to accomplish this year.

If I do that I will consider 2012 very successful indeed.

Second

Change and improve my running form.

Since mid December 2011, I have worked on improving my running form from this inefficient style to one that I keep my feet straight, use a mid-foot/forefoot strike, run tall, my arms at 90 degrees, not crossing the center line, with my thumbs on top, with a slight forward lean, while being relaxed. This is how I ran in the mid 80’s and unfortunately, over the years I lost that good form.

I have read Chi Running, watched PRS Videos (easy running), looked at the Pose Method and am very interested in Barefoot/Natural Running as different examples of developing good running form. I know what I am looking for in my form and probably could figure it out myself, but I want to see/read other people’s theories and practices to see if they can help me improve what I do.

For far too long, I forgot to look at what others are doing. I can save a lot time and wasted effort i.e. stop trying to re-invent the wheel and use the knowledge that others have already learned to make it easier for me to improve. That is why I have started reading running books and blogs so much. There is a wealth of knowledge out there, that is available to us, so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Third

Re-engage in the social aspect of running.

What do I mean by that?

Since 1987, I have basically been an individual runner who isolated himself from runners. I just ran without communicating or talking very much with other runners (except to go to a running store once in a while or if someone ran that I worked with we would talk running). When I was doing what I now call isolation running, I didn’t have a support network of runners around me when things were not going well or I was an injured, there were not others who understood what I was going through, which would have definitely helped in a lot of situations.

In November I began to start participating in the online running communities via Twitter and Google+, these efforts have led to an increased involvement in the running communities and making contact with so many other great people, who just happen to be runnahs too. I had forgotten how supportive the running community was/is and want to stay an active part of this community for a long time.

I want to find a local running group or club to go beyond just the online support system that I am developing. Really I think this is the part that I miss the most is being able to run with someone beyond TheWife and enjoy their company and the friendships that develop out of the shared running.

Fourth

Also I want to continue to grow the  “A Veteran Runnah” blog/brand. To be blunt, see if I can make any extra money from writing “heah”.  An additional stream of funds would be a welcome addition to our fixed income.

This is very intriguing to me – to see what happens. I strongly believe and think that being selected a FitFluential Ambassador will be a big help in this respect and give me opportunities that I would not have had otherwise.

It would be nice if Veteran Runnah could grow to help support some of my running habit. This may never happen, but I need to try to see what will happen.

Time will tell on this one. 🙂

What would be perfect if a small Running Store opened up in the local area and I could get a job there part-time (but then I would really be broke all the time).

However, I am not going to become one of those spammy blogs or bloggers who uses every opportunity to sell or push something onto my readers. I don’t like those blogs and will not put “A Veteran Runnah” into that category.

Fifth

I want to start racing again and not just virtually.

I want to line up at the starting line and compete with real people, while I may not be very competitive in my age group or overall.  I just feel the need to challenge myself beyond just going out my front door and start running – for the first time in a long time.

It goes back to the social part of running and when you race, you share in the comradiere before, during and after the race is over. Share a beer or two, swap a few lies, but most of all make friends with people who share your passion – running.

Unfortunately, with the cost of race fees, I may have to go back to work in order run some of these races. The entry fees are just slightly intimidating to someone on a fixed budget.

Anyone want to sponsor a slow, old guy, who writes a lot?

Hehehehe yeah right. But if you do use the contact me button. I will be sure to get back to you. 😉

The reality is that

that while these can be measured – they are much more holistic goals and are meant to be for 2012 and beyond. They also give me a lot of flexibility to move forward and change as needed to keep moving forward.

2012 Goals

What are my measurable goals for 2012?

  • Run at least a total of 1,200 miles in 2012
  • Run at least 330 days in 2102
  • Run a 5K sub 20:00 minutes sometime after 8/6/12 (this is my pie-in-the-sky goal)
  • Weigh less than 155 pounds on my 55th birthday (I weighed in at 172 today)
  • Run at least 4 races in 2012
  • Join a local running club in 2012

Those are my measurable annual goals. While I could include smaller interim goals that would help me have little successes or checkpoints along the way, that would make this look way too much like an IEP. Which bring back too many memories of when I was a Special Education Teacher. These goals just don’t have all the excess legalese and verbage.

2012

2012 has the potential to a great year for running and with the running community’s (local and online) help, along with the support of TheWife – it will be.

Now its time for my 5 miler to Notta Road. Where did I put those damn running shoes, oh damn why is there mud everywhere (TheWife is going to have a hissy), ah here they are. Darn I never cleaned the mud off them after the other day’s mud run, what other shoes should I run in? Ah hell I’ll just knock the mud off of them outside and put them on the step, the mud will be gone by the time I get back :-).

Thank you everyone for a great 2011 and even more for the opportunity to get to know you better in 2012.

Book Review – Chi Running

I just finished my first reading (but not last) of Chi Running by Danny and Katherine Dreyer. Which I got as one of those Christmas presents I choose while browsing (err shopping) at the Maine Running Company in Portland, but TheWife paid for and wraps for you to get later.

Why would I want a book on Chi Running when I have run for – well let’s just put it this way a long damn time? Quite simply I watched myself run in a video I took earlier in the month and let’s just say that my form sucks.

After seeing myself in action, I did some research on different ways to improve my form and Chi Running was one of three methods that really interested me.

So how was the Chi Running the book?

The Good

Chi Running had some great ideas that I want to add into my running:

  • I can see the importance of the 4 Chi Skills and know that I need to go back and really work on using them:
  • Focusing
  • Body Sensing
  • Breathing
  • Relaxation
  • the idea that correct posture is very important to better running form
  • getting everything moving in the same direction – forward. i.e. my feet instead of running with my feet at about 45 degree angles have them as straight as possible
  • keeping my arms at 90 degree angle and not cross my body
  • creating a column
  • using gravity to propel you – I haven’t got this down yet, but think I am close
  • having a lean to help gravity propel you and changing the lean to change your speed.
  • I am very intrigued by his method of going uphill and want to try that out
  • back in the early 80’s I was introduced to the metronome method of running and used it for a while, so I understand its usefulness to maintain a certain turnover rate, just do it when no one else is running with you.
  • his ideas on how to avoid or aid in healing certain injuries warrants a closer look

I have just touched on a few things that really jumped out at me, the book has a wealth of knowledge, that I believe I will find very useful when I can wrap my head around all the information that it has about changing to Chi Running.

Scratching my head

  • Some of the terminology had me scratching my head, which left me frustrated and overwhelmed that I wasn’t understanding what they were trying to say especially in Chapters 4 & 5.
  • How to level my pelvis is still escaping me
  • I still don’t have a clue what peeling your foot off the ground really means or how to implement it. I think it means lift your foot straight up or something like that – once I get this piece a lot of the others will fall into place.
  • Some other things I just had trouble wrapping my head around should be clearer when I go back through and do more than just read that section.

It almost seems as though just enough information is given to really make you want to go buy the CD that is a companion to the book or attend one of their running workshops. The book attempts to spell out how to begin Chi Running, but in a couple of sections I did get frustrated and overwhelmed with the information being presented and voiced that on Twitter.

Some Chi Running advocates graciously provide links and watching videos of people using Chi Running on YouTube explained a few of the areas I was really having difficulty with. One time through the book, does not give me a lot of confidence that I could completely implement Chi Running to my running yet and the Dryers warn you in the book that you will probably not be able to after only reading the book once and that it will take time to fully implement Chi Running.

Warning

I completely agree with that warning and that there is simply too much information being presented to understand Chi Running after one time through their book. It will take a lot of time and effort to completely get a handle on the changes the you will need to do to become proficient in Chi Running.

Need to attend Chi Running Training

When I was complaining about being overwhelmed on Twitter by what was in Chapters 4 and 5, the biggest suggestion that I got on Twitter was that “I should go to one of their full days sessions” and after that I would really understand the power of Chi Running.

Unfortunately, as great a suggestion as this might be and as much as I might want to go to an all day sessions someplace – that is not an option for two reasons,

  1. there are not any local Chi Running training sessions going on in my area that I could find in the near future and travelling is not an option. One of the disadvantages of living up heah in Maine is that we are kind of off the beaten track for a lot of things.
  2. the costs associated with one are simply not in the budget for the foreseeable future.
Re – Read Important Sections

Hopefully after I have gone through the book’s sections that give you the action instructions a few more times and practiced the drills, I will understand better what they are talking about and will be able to make the changes as I go along.

If I decide that Chi Running is what I am looking for in how to change my running form, I will end up buying the CD and when I have some extra cash someday, I will try to find a training session within a days drive to attend. Until then I will muddle along through the book a few more times and watch YouTube videos to help me understand what it is trying to tell me.

Change isn’t easy

Changing a running form that you have had for several years is not going to be easy and I don’t expect it to be. I expect to work hard learning how to run with a better form/style and that I probably won’t get “it” overnight. At the same time I have to wonder a little, if I am overwhelmed now by some of the terminology or expectations that you need more “stuff” to understand the practice of Chi Running, will Chi Running meet my expectations of K.I.S.S.

Worth It

I think that Chi Running has a lot of potential to help me become a better runner and I am looking forward to learning more about Chi Running – it has certainly piqued my interest.

With the little knowledge that I have gained in reading and underlining the book once through, I am starting to consciously run differently than I did before reading the book. I know that I am attempting to use some of the techniques described in the book while running and while I haven’t gotten the knack of how to do circular feet yet – I am making positive progress.

Chi Running is worth looking into a lot further, if you are looking to change your running form. I won’t say it will be for everyone, but it is definitely worth reading the book to see how it meshes with your expectations.

FTC Disclaimer: I have not been provided any compensation or free samples of products as part of this review, they are simply my thoughts on something that I have purchased .

The Complete Book of Running – A Review

Cover of "The Complete Book of Running"
Cover of The Complete Book of Running

Something that I have wanted to do for a while now is go back and re-read some of the books that made a difference in my life as a runner, in addition to reading new ones that might make me a better runnah. I know of at least a couple of books that are under the tree, so I have a couple of weeks to re-read some of the old ones that I have kept over the years.

The first book I ever read on running was James E. Fixx’s “The Complete Book of Running” which was published in 1977 and I originally read sometime in the fall of 1978. I picked up picked up my present copy of this book at a book sale and put it out in the garage as “one” of those books you want to keep but don’t need it in the book case.

When I read “The Complete Book of Running” the first time, I was just going out and running without any idea of what I was doing other than just running. I give this book a lot of credit for helping me to become a better runner and avoid/correct some mistakes I had made up until then. Especially the idea that I had to run “balls to the wall” all the time when I would run, instead of hard/easy training.

Based on all of that, I thought re-reading “The Complete Book of Running” would be a good place to start my running re-reading running adventures (seemed appropriate).

So how did the re-read goActually I read “The Complete Book of Running” in about 3 days. It is a very easy read and is not a very technical “how to run” book. CBR was written for beginning runners and surprisingly a lot of what he wrote back then, is pertinent today, though there were a few things I disagreed with, but that is not the point of this quick review.

There have been a lot of different reviews and thoughts throughout the years on the value of this book to the running community, especially once you are no longer a beginning runner. Personally, I feel it really wasn’t all that bad and he had some thoughts about running that I still share.

Surprisingly he recommended (pg 135) shoes with practically no heel, that are flexible, not too soft cushioning – which sounds more than a little like today’s more minimal shoe movement. Although he wasn’t as concerned about weight, but those old Asics Tigers he was wearing on the cover were not heavy weight shoes).

I chuckled more than a couple of times during his chapter on The Mythology of the Woman Runner – my how times have changed :-). I do remember running cross-country in high school and that Kim Tweedie was the first female cross-country runner at our school (around 1973) and the shit she went through just to be allowed to run with “the guys”. No it was a lot different for women runners back then, we have come a long way in that respect.

A good reminder

One of the biggest things I enjoyed about re-reading the book was being reminded that even the great runners back then ran more as a part-time thing, than their livelihood. Most of them had full-time jobs and sandwiched running in when they could around their job. Not something that elite runners of this day and age have to worry about with sponsorships and such. I wonder how much faster people like Bill Rogers, Frank Shorter, Amby Burfoot and others would have been if they had the advantages of today’s runners and being able to focus on being better runners, without the distractions of needing a job to support themselves.

I really enjoyed re-reading the chapters where Fixx interviewed people like: Bill Rogers, Joe Henderson, Dr. George Sheehan and the chapter on the Boston Marathon. I really think this book is the one that made me always want to run “Boston” and yes it is on my Running Bucket List

Running instead of Jogging

I guess that this book is part of where my belief that running is running no matter what pace you run at, not jogging came from. On page xvii of the forward Fixx has in footnote form the following”

We may as well dispose of a question of definition right now. Although some would argue the point, there is no particular speed at which jogging turns into running. If you feel that you’re running, no matter how slow you’re going, no one can say you’re not. For purposes of the present discussion, therefore, it’s all referred to as running, no matter what the speed.

I guess there was a little Karma involved with me finding this quote this week, in light of my post on Labeling – Runner or Jogger Does It Really Matter? 🙂

Worth the Time

Going back and re-reading “The Complete Book of Running” was well worth the time, not so much from any hidden gems on training or running, but more for bringing back to me many of the names, and ideas that are associated with the 70’s & 80’s running boom and bringing back a lot of memories from those days.

Next book up on the re-read list is “Running the Lydiard” Way by Arthur Lydiard which came out in 1978 and I read it shortly after reading “The Complete Book of Running”.

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