I was a little sceptical when I first picked up Run Smart by John Brewer, as the quote on the front was from a radio presenter rather than a running coach or an elite runner. But I gave it a chance, and quickly I was hooked! This book is well put-together, with nice imagery, easy to read paragraphs and a layout that simplifies the science and training behind marathon running.
Kilian Jornet is one of my biggest idols on the running scene. He has an ability to push himself beyond any normal capacity. Having no fear whilst doing so on top of a mountain range inspires me every day to not give up when things seem tough!
I couldn’t help but pick up this book because Jessica Ennis was one of the reasons I got into running. She may be a heptathlete but it was more her motivation and persistence to do well even if she had the weight of the world on her from the pressure of the British public for her to win gold medals!
A book that explains about how running can provide a form of therapy…? I’m in! Being a runner myself and coming from a background of first getting into running because of exam related stress I know for sure that running can act as therapy.
Eating and running, two of my favourite things in one book? It must be good! I’ve followed Scott Jurek for a while now, especially from a nutritional perspective. Being a vegan, I always look for different recipes and ways to combine veganism with my running. In addition, with Scott Jurek being an ultra-runner, I was intrigued before I even picked the book up.
When I first picked-up William Pullen’s book Run For Your Life, I instantly fell in love. A book like this that links running and mental health, immediately sits very close to my heart as I use running as a form of stress and anxiety relief. In this book, the author explains the reasoning for how running really can help with mental health. He then sets out practical steps as to how any runner can make positive steps.