My reading has consisted of children’s books for most of the last six years, and while books like Everybody Poops and Harold and the Purple Crayon have important messages, I’ve been desperate to find a way to bring grown-up literature back into my life. I knew it’d never happen if I just waited around for quiet free time, so I asked David Hanenburg if I could write a series of book reviews for Endurance Buzz. I suggested some of the recent books on running (‘cuz I’m a running geek and because it’ll be another six years before I find a way to justify time for fiction). I told him I wouldn’t be writing formal critical reviews exactly. They’d be something more along the lines of conversations you might have on the trail about books you’ve just read.
“Hey, I just read this Science of Running book. The author is this fellow who is the Head Cross Country coach at the University of Houston. He’s a speedy runner himself, and, anyway, he says that it’s good to do some fasted long runs because it helps the body adapt to dealing with low glycogen during a race.”
“That sounds idiotic and miserable.”
“I know. But he says….”
The conversation topics will be geared towards things that will be useful to ultrarunners (and TALON runners in particular whenever possible). These conversations won’t be exhaustive, comprehensive, or thorough treatments of the books– we’re supposed to be talking while we run afterall. Hopefully, they’ll pique your interest though, and leave you with some fodder for your next run. I’m hoping the “reviews” will also generate some good discussion in the comments.
So without further ado:
The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance by Steve Magness (Origin Press, 2014.)