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All types of running related books are reviewed by 2 non-elite track, marathon and trail runners. Observation and description of running books intended to inform, help and inspire anyone involved or related to running at any level. Practical, hands on insights, opinions and recommendations are given related to each book .

Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz Alan and Liz

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    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

All types of running related books are reviewed by 2 non-elite track, marathon and trail runners. Observation and description of running books intended to inform, help and inspire anyone involved or related to running at any level. Practical, hands on insights, opinions and recommendations are given related to each book .

    Mental Training for Ultrarunning, by Addie Bracy

    Mental Training for Ultrarunning, by Addie Bracy

    Ultra-endurance events have the highest dropout rates. While some people need to drop out due to injury, you may need to drop out because you are lacking the mental strength needed to get through a rough patch.  Addie Bracy's book, Mental Training for Ultrarunning, has many exercises and techniques to help you build a tool box so that you have what you need to get you through a tough race.  Although the examples and featured athletes are from ultra-running, many of the skill are transferable to shorter events, and even other life goals.

    The book has 10 chapters each about a particular topic:
    Why psychological breakdowns happen in ultrarunningFind your why for runningManage your stress responseGet comfortable with being uncomfortableRun the mile you are inStick to the grindBe adaptableRun with courageGet out of your own wayEmotionally bounce back from physical setbacksAddie Bracy is a long-time runner starting out on the track, and spending about 15 years running more traditional track and road races before discovering ultra-running. Although now a professional ultra-runner, Addie is a three-time USA Track & Field National Champion and a three-time USA Track & Field Women's Mountain Runner of the Year, and a Runners Alliance ambassador. She is also a Mental Performance Consultant to elite athletes across a range of sports, and is certified by the Association for Applied Sports Psychology.

    If you would like to work on your mental game with Addie Bracy, her website is https://www.strivementalperformance.com. In case you are interested in finding a qualified person in your area, we mentioned that Association of Applied Mental Performance Psychology would be the place to look; their website is https://appliedsportpsych.org/certification/cmpc-directory/.
    You can also follow Addie on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/addiebracy/

    If you are interested in getting a copy of Mental Training for Ultrarunning, it is available on Amazon or directly on Human Kinetic's website https://us.humankinetics.com/products/mental-training-for-ultrarunning

    Big thank you to the publisher, Human Kinetics, for providing a review copy of the book, and to author, Addie Bracy, for taking the time to speak with us.

    Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Running The World, by Nick Butter

    Running The World, by Nick Butter

    Running The World  is Nick Butter’s story of his attempt to run a marathon in every country in the world as both a World Record attempt, and to raise money for prostate cancer UK. Every country, really means every country, including: North Korea, which had to be timed with the marathon held there in order to get into the country; Venezuela, where he ran in the city of Caracas, known as the “kidnapping capital of the world”; and countries which were at war like Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria. Nick wanted his last marathon to be the event held in Athens, Greece, on the 10th of November 2019 due to its symbolism as the birthplace of the marathon. Just to add an extra challenge along the way, he also attempted to run all the world marathon majors meaning that he actually ran more than once in some countries! As with many big projects, not much went according to plan, and both Nick, and his team back home in the UK, had to think on their feet and often rely on strangers to help make things happen.

    Nick Butter is a British endurance athlete, adventurer, speaker and author. He held a more traditional corporate job in the past, but left it all behind to pursue his passions. Nick holds 4 world records, and 2 world firsts. He's also the first, and only person to have run a marathon in every country in the world, and he did so in just 674 days. 
    If you would like to follow Nick Butter's adventures, or donate to the 196 foundation, you can find everything on his website https://nickbutterrunning.com. You can also follow him on Instagram @nickbutterrun.

    If you are interested in getting a copy of Running The World , it is available on Nick's website or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Running-World-World-Record-Breaking-Adventure/dp/1787631729/ref=asc_df_1787631729/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=459331273088&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13263955116977780152&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9000486&hvtargid=pla-920743716235&psc=1

    Big thank you to the publisher, Bantam Press, for providing a review copy of the book, and to author, Nick Butter, for taking the time to speak with us.

    Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    The Rundown on Books 21 to 30

    The Rundown on Books 21 to 30

    In this episode we reflect on everything we learned in books 21 to 30. We know that all the things we have learned is making us into better runners.

    Here is a list of the books we talk about:

    My Noise Cancer Comeback, by Fitz Koehler
    http://www.fitzness.com/blog/

    Advanced Marathoning, by Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas
    https://us.humankinetics.com/products/advanced-marathoning-3rd-edition

    Bravey, by Alexi Pappas
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/591673/bravey-by-alexi-pappas/

    Running in the Midpack, by Anji Andrews and Martin Yelling
    https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/running-in-the-midpack-9781472973405/

    Running on Tired Legs, by Bill Graham
    https://www.amazon.ca/Running-Tired-Legs-Bill-Graham/dp/B08VBS3V26

    Make The Leap, by Bryan Green
    https://maketheleapbook.com/discount/ALANANDLIZ (20% discount for listeners of the Running Book Reviews podcast!)

    High Performance Nutrition for Masters Athletes, by Lauren Antonucci
    https://canada.humankinetics.com/products/high-performance-nutrition-for-masters-athletes

    I hate Running and You Can Too, by Brendan Leonard
    You can support your local bookstore by buying the book from bookshop.org here: https://bookshop.org/books/i-hate-running-and-you-can-too-how-to-get-started-keep-going-and-make-sense-of-an-irrational-passion/9781579659882
    The book can also be found on Artisan Books website: https://www.workman.com/products/i-hate-running-and-you-can-too

    This Voice in My Heart, by Gilbert Tuhabonye
    https://www.amazon.com/This-Voice-My-Heart-Forgiveness/dp/0060817534

    Abdi’s World, by Abdi Abdirahman
    https://soulsticepublishing.com/product/abdi-book/ 

    Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.

    • 43 min
    When Running Made History, by Roger Robinson

    When Running Made History, by Roger Robinson

    When Running Made History is a book based on the authors memory of historic running events that he witnessed throughout his life, starting with the 1948 Olympic games in London when he was 9 years old and his uncle brought him to watch some track events. The book borders on being a historic reference about running because a lot of facts were added about each event and the circumstances at the time. Chapters are titled with a date and location in chronological order from the 1948 London Olympics to October 2016 when Roger saw the first woman over 65 run under 20 minutes for the 5k. Readers will marvel at how many historic moments the author witnessed throughout his life!

    Roger Robinson is a true fan of the sport of running. He was born in England but has moved to several countries throughout his life to run and even ended up marrying another famous runner! Roger was an elite runner in the 1960’s and 1970’s running cross country worlds on several occasions including for the English team in 1966, and the New Zealand team in 1977. He then went on to be a high-level master’s athlete and running a master record for the marathon in Vancouver in 1981. Of course, you are all interested in knowing that he ran a time of 2:18:44. He also set other records including an over 50 marathon record. Roger got a PHD in literature from Cambridge University; he went on to a lectureship at the University of Canterbury, was a professor of English at the University of Wellington, was an announcer at big running events, and became a great running writer. He has authored and co-authored several other books including: Running in Literature, and 26.2 Marathon Stories with Katherine Switzer (his wife).

    If you would like to follow Roger's work, he writes for Runner's World and the Podium Runner website: https://www.podiumrunner.com

    If you are interested in getting a copy of When Running Made History is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Running-History-Professor-English-Robinson/dp/0815611005     

    Big thank you to the publisher, Syracuse University Press, for providing a review copy of the book, and to author, Roger Robinson, for speaking with us.

    Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    The Running Drug, by Tim Beynon

    The Running Drug, by Tim Beynon

    The Running Drug is the story of how the author, Tim, discovered and fell in love with running after some sedentary years in his 20’s, and then he received some unexpected news at the age of 40. At age 40, men in the UK are invited to get their first routine health check, but only about one third of them go. Although Tim felt he was very healthy and didn’t need a health check, he went anyway, and was glad that he did.

    Tim found out that his PSA level was elevated, and after repeated testing that confirmed the result, he was sent for further testing and diagnosed with prostate cancer. Tim was told that had he waited another 5 years for the next health check, his cancer may not have been curable. The book ends with Tim getting to the start of, and finishing, the 2019 London Marathon as part of the Prostate Cancer UK team. Throughout the book he shares his anxieties around training for and running his first marathon, and also his cancer treatment journey. Tim describes how running became like a drug; when he went for a run, he was able to clear his mind, think more clearly, and solve problems, a feeling that many runners will be able to relate to.

    For those who don't know Tim Beynon, he is a UK journalist writing and editing national and international magazines on everything from Formula One to Premier League football. He is a passionate human interest storyteller, who has invested his time in sharing the inspirational stories of others' sporting and personal achievements. A committed blogger, amateur runner, and men's health champion, he has written about his own experiences of prostate cancer, marathon training and mental health, as well as life as a modern-day parent. As a runner, Tim can be found running along trails around his home county of Hampshire, England.

    If you are interested in getting a copy of The Running Drug, it is available on the Amazon UK site at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Running-Drug-addiction-overcome-rediscover/dp/1838465812
    For our fellow Canadian's you can find it on the Amazon Canada website at https://www.amazon.ca/Running-Drug-addiction-overcome-rediscover/dp/1838465812/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+running+drug&qid=1628897073&sr=8-1

    Big thank you to Tim, for providing a review copy of the book, and for speaking with us.

    Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Today We Die A Little, by Richard Askwith

    Today We Die A Little, by Richard Askwith

    Today We Die A Little is the story of Czech runner Emil Zatopek’s life and his athletic success, but also a history lesson of the communist era in former Czechoslovakia. Emil was born in 1922 and was the seventh of his parents eight children.  Although not particularly athletic, or someone who you would mark as talented, his work ethic was exemplary, and he became the world’s most dominant runner by sheer hard work. Emil was known for experimenting with training methods and was known for his ability to accept being uncomfortable.

    This book tells an incredible story about a legend in the sport of running, while at the same time acknowledging the difficulty in making sense of the rumours, and the lack of, or inaccuracy of, the information documented during the communist era. He also explains the fear and difficulty people had to trust others, and how difficult it is to get people to talk about that time.

    Richard Askwith is a UK Northamptonshire-based journalist and author whose passions include running, outdoor adventure and the traditions and ordinary people of the English countryside.  He has written six books including Running Free, and Feet in the Clouds, an award winning book about fell running in the UK. He cohosts a Running and Writing workshop with another guest of ours, Adharanand Finn.
    If you would like to follow Richard's work, he can be found on Twitter, but a better place to follow his work is on his website: https://richardaskwith.co.uk

    If you are interested in getting a copy of Today We Die A Little, it is available on the Amazon UK site at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Today-We-Die-Little-Zátopek/dp/0224100343/ref=sr_1_1_twi_har_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456765867&sr=1-1&keywords=Zátopek
    For our fellow Canadian's you can find it on the Amazon Canada website at https://www.amazon.ca/Today-We-Die-Little-Inimitable/dp/1568585497/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=richard+askwith&qid=1627656748&sr=8-7

    Big thank you to the publisher, Bold Type Books, for providing a review copy of the book, and to author, Richard Askwith, for speaking with us.

    Any feedback or suggestions on this review or any of our other podcast episodes would be greatly welcomed. Leave us a review using your favorite podcast player or contact us on social media.
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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Susie Blossom ,

AMAZING PODCAST!

Absolutely love listening to Alan and Liz and their numerous guests. Each podcast gets me more inspired. As a casual runner these podcasts give me that motivation to get out there and give it a go! You also do not need to be a runner to enjoy these podcasts as the discussions can often relate to “everyday” life as well! Entertaining, educational and inspiring! Big fan!

Old Morris ,

I am spending my hard-earned ca$h

I love this podcast and find it to be a motivating and comfortable friend while I slowly recover from my hamstring injury. I was trying to figure out how I could convey to you how excellent this podcast is. I figured the easiest metric is how many of these books I’ve ended up buying and reading. 5 for 5 so far lol.
Thanks Alan and Liz for a lot of enjoyment and motivation and dare I say, my lighter wallet.

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The BEST running podcast!

This running podcast by Alan and Liz is a really great listen! They always ask the author the best questions to get the most out of them. I highly recommend you give them a listen and you’ll be hooked!

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