The Oatmeal on the DOs and DO NOTs of Running Your First Marathon

Great comic from the Oatmeal on running marathons – click the image below to read the whole thing. The comic strip is from Matthew Inman’s upcoming book “The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances.”

Recommended Read: Scott Douglas Book Excerpt on the Future of Minimalist Running Shoes

Several months back I spoke on the phone with Scott Douglas, a writer and editor for Runner’s World and Running Times. My own book, Tread Lightly, had just come out, and Scott was writing a book of his own on minimalist running for Rodale Press (the publisher of Runner’s World and Running Times). We covered […]

Review of Natural Running by Danny Abshire of Newton Running

I’ve recently begun to notice a change in how people are defining the minimalist running movement. No longer is it just about the shoes (or barefooting for that matter) – rather, people are beginning to emphasize that although minimalist shoes and barefoot running are important, their true value lies in the fact that they can […]

Book Review: The Naked Olympics by Tony Perrottet

I was at the library the other day with my daughter (a frequent activity in this family!), and came across the book “The Naked Olympics” by Tony Perrottet. The cover (see picture to the left) featured what looked like an ancient painting of a group of naked Greek runners (more on this below) in seemingly […]

Running Book Review: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami

Rarely have I felt a sense of kinship with an author like I felt while reading “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” by Haruki Murakami. I was at first skeptical when I saw this book, thinking that it would be heavy on philosophy, and unsure whether or not it was really a […]

The Perfect Mile: Roger Bannister, John Landy, and One of the Greatest Races of All Time

The final of the one-mile race at the Empire Games in Vancouver, Canada on Aug. 7, 1954 might just be the greatest running race of all time. The race featured two of the titans of middle-distance running, Roger Bannister of England, and John Landy of Australia. Both of these men were world famous runners, both […]

Book Review: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

It was with much anticipation that I picked up the book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall shortly after it arrived on bookshelves last week. It’s arrival represented for me one of those rare and fortuitous moments when an idea that that […]

New Running Book: Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall

Update 5/16/09: I’ve finished the book, and it’s phenomenal. Click this text to read my full review of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. Update 5/6/09: “Born to Run” is now out in the stores. You can order it here. My past few posts on this blog have dealt with the topic of why humans […]