When author, Chris Cooper, offered to send me his book to read and review, I was tentative. Although I’m an avid reader, sitting down with a book has become a luxury lately given time constraints. Plus, I have read so many running-related books in the past couple of years, I wondered what this one could have to offer that would be new and different.
Yet, this book, written in 2010, was new and different. It is a glossy-covered coffee-table-style book that is a compilation of about 100 one to two page essays. Beyond the typical headings as “Good Running Tunes” and “Good Books on Nutrition,” were the less expected subjects as “Donate Your Old Running Shoes, ” “Avoid Dog Bites,” and “You Can Finish last and Still Win This Race” (referring to a “prediction race” where the winner is not necessarily the first runner across the finish line but the one one whose actual finishing time comes closest to his or her predicted finishing time.).
What I like most about the book is it is easy to pick up and flip through. It’s not meant to be read start to finish. One of my favorite essays is entitled “You Know You’re a Runner When…” that includes such clever markers as:
- You use “easy run” and “five miles” in the same sentence
- Your calf muscles are bigger than your biceps
While I did learn some things from this book like how to run tangents and the best women-only races, this is not a book about paces, training and schedules. It is a broad look at running that speaks to both the experienced competitor and the recreational middle distance runner.
The hard cover book retails for $24.00, while the Kindle version is $10.99. If you want the book, I recommend the hard back version that you can pick up and look through. This would be the perfect gift for the newer runner in your life who is anxious to learn more about the ins and outs of the sport.
Brian Sell, U.S. Olympic marathoner, wrote the forward for this book and sums it up well: “This book is a great source of motivation, facts, tips and stories that can help in your quest for your next big marathon – or just get you out the door on your way to another memorable run.”
Have you read/heard of “Long May You Run”?
What’s the best running book you’ve come across lately and why?