Archive | May 2020

Book recommendation #4

Owter is a new book service which helps authors get a better return on their book sales. I will be recommending good running and outdoor books via my page on the site.

born2runThe fourth recommendation is Christopher McDougall’s ‘Born to Run’, with its subtitle – ‘A Hidden Tribe, The Ultra-runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen’. The blurb says: “At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world”. It also made my list of 20 Good reads – running books.

When I reviewed it I described it thus:

I am quite taken by his argument that modern trainers cause injuries and we should all return to barefoot running, or as near as is reasonable. The telling of the tale of the big race, the characters within the story, and his search for Caballa Blanco made for a right rivetting read.

Why not give it a read?  It can be purchased directly from Owter at: https://owter.co/collections/running?aff=7

All three of my running books are also available from the same link (all currently reduced).

Why pre-order books?

A short reminder of why readers pre-ordering books can be SO important to authors, publishers and booksellers.

The publishing industry is in some difficulty – printing, distribution and selling are seriously disrupted. Publishers are cutting books from their schedules, and some are nervous about printing and publishing those already in their schedules. Authors will have put a lot of themselves into telling their stories. The strength of pre-orders can really help make books happen.

If you have a mind to buy my forthcoming book on running icon Billy Bland then please pre-order it now: https://samread1887.square.site/product/AllOrNothing/1015
Need to show the strength of interest in the book, which on reading an advance copy Adharanand Finn described thus:

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Thanks from me to all those that have already pre-ordered it, and to the friends who have tweeted or Facebooked (is that a word?) about it.

NB: This applies to any book due to come out soon. If you think you will want to read it then place a pre-order (preferably with an indie book supplier) and support the author, and help the book industry to keep afloat in these difficult times.

PS: you can buy my first three running books (all discounted) at: https://owter.co/collections/running?aff=7

Book recommendation #3

Owter is a new book service which helps authors get a better return on their book sales. I will be recommending good running and outdoor books via my page on the site.

RiseoftheultrasThe third recommendation is Adharanand Finn’s ‘The Rise of the Ultra Runners’, in which he goes to the heart of the sport to find out if it is an antidote to modern life – and to see if he could become an ultra runner himself. His journey took him from the deserts of Oman to the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, and on to his ultimate goal, the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc.

When I reviewed it I described it thus:

Much anticipated, as I liked his two previous books – on the Kenyan and Japanese running cultures. It lived up to expectations, giving fascinating background to ultra running, and the author’s initiation into the sport. In some ways he had a similar approach to Richard Askwith and his move into fell running – do it yourself and also speak with some of the best exponents and find our how they do it and cope with the rigours of such a tough sport. A solid five stars.

Why not give it a read?  It can be purchased directly from Owter at: https://owter.co/collections/running?aff=7

All three of my running books are also available from the same link (all currently reduced).

Writing: some more running stuff

A few more short/medium reads for lockdown time. This lot are fell-running related pieces from my blog, a couple of which were published. Click the highlighted links to read. Hope you find something to enjoy.

Do increasing numbers run on fells – to escape the urban environment?
Connections: A Wainwright, B Graham, H Munro – endurance challenges
Thoughts on maps and navigation – an article from Fellrunner [PDF]
Good game. A BGR from the roadside – supporting a friend’s day on t’fells
Peak performance: Jasmin Paris – on her new BGR record [2 PDFs]
Future of fell/mountain running – will the Africans take over?
Men’s fell race records – what are the oldest ones, and who holds them?
Got them navigation blues – some famous fellrunners (on) getting lost
BGR completion rates is 42.2% – a brief analysis of the recent data
Women’s completions for BGR – a follow-up on women’s completion rate

Writing: some running stuff

didireallywritethatIn this difficult time of covid-19 lockdown folk might be looking for something more to read that is not about the virus and my be more positive or point to good times to come. Listed below are links to some of my writing – on running – mostly blog posts, but sometimes published externally:

The dark art of coaching – ‘Like the Wind’ article [PDF]
Memories [of running days] – ‘Like the Wind’ article [PDF]
Chronic fatigue syndrome – 4 case studies (in Fellrunner) [PDF]
An antidote to life’s worries – some challenges [blog]
Coached or uncoachable – thoughts on training [blog]
Dave Wilcock at the World Indoors – only Gold in Portland [blog]
There is no right way to train for a marathon – thoughts [blog]
Anatomy of a training session – group session breakdown [blog]
The marathon, unrelenting beast – Comm Games and Boston ’18 [blog]
A tale of two marathons – coach’s view of 2 marathons [blog]

Book recommendation #2

Owter is a new book service which helps authors get a better return on their book sales. I will be recommending good running and outdoor books via my page on the site.

muircoverThe second is Jonny Muir’s ‘The Mountains are Calling’, in which he considers the origins of running in the hills, the beauty of it, and also the recent commercialisation of the sport (which definitely grates with him and some with whom he speaks). It fully justifies its longlisting for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. When I reviewed it I described it thus:

The first point to make about Jonny Muir’s book is the clarity and quality of his writing. The book’s subject is ‘running in the high places of Scotland’ which gives him a huge scope, range and landscape to cover. It is significant that he lives in this environment, and runs in it, for pleasure and competition. But it is the people that he meets and their stories that give such a great counterpoint to his own experiences that fascinated me most. Muir Running through the narrative, but not dominating it, is the Charlie Ramsay Round, which he seems fated to attempt – and finally does. His chapter titles are well chosen and three will suffice to give both a feel for the subject (Mountain Madness) and yet Muir’s feeling for hill running (Beautiful Madness; and Epiphany).

Why not give it a read?  It can be purchased directly (currently with £2 discount) at: https://owter.co/collections/all?page=2&aff=7

All three of my running books are also available from the same link (two also reduced).