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All types of running related books are reviewed by two non-elite track, road and trail runners. Observation and description of running books intended to inform, help and inspire anyone involved or related to running at any level. Whenever possible we chat with the author about the book, but if not then we try to do it justice. If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! Visit our page on the Buy Me A Coffee website: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLiz

Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz Alan and Liz

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    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

All types of running related books are reviewed by two non-elite track, road and trail runners. Observation and description of running books intended to inform, help and inspire anyone involved or related to running at any level. Whenever possible we chat with the author about the book, but if not then we try to do it justice. If you have been enjoying the podcast and are wondering how you can help us out, you can now buy us a coffee! Visit our page on the Buy Me A Coffee website: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AlanandLiz

    On Pace, by Matt Fitzgerald

    On Pace, by Matt Fitzgerald

    On Pace is Matt Fitzgerald’s most recent book where he delves into pacing.  He talks about the importance of pacing to get the most out of yourself, how good the pros are at pacing, why the rest of us are not so good at pacing, and how we can get better.
    There are 8 chapters about pacing:
    1. Why Pacing matters
    2. The science of pacing
    3. Why you suck at pacing
    4. Pacing as self-regulation
    5. The mind of a pacing master
    6. Pacing in training
    7. Pacing in competition
    8. Macro pacing

    The last 4 chapters are training plans that are based on effort (instead of pace) for 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and marathon distances.

    Matt Fitzgerald is a Lifelong runner and endurance athlete. He is an acclaimed endurance sportswriter and has authored and co-authored more than 30 books, and written for many sports journals (Men’s health, men’s fitness, Outside) and websites (active.com). Matt is also a running and triathlon coach, and certified sports nutritionist. He has a website called Mattfitzgerald.org and is cofounder of the 80/20 endurance training website. New on his resume is that he has founded a publishing house called 80/20 Publishing, with On Pace as their first official release.

    If you would like to follow Matt, his website is: https://mattfitzgerald.org
    You can also find links to all his social media profiles.

    If you would like to get your own copy of On Pace, it is available directly on the new 8020 Publishing website: https://www.8020endurance.com/all-books/

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Depression Hates A Moving Target, by Nita Sweeney

    Depression Hates A Moving Target, by Nita Sweeney

    Depression Hates A Moving Target is about author Nita Sweeney’s experience with crippling anxiety and depression and how she got into running despite often not being able to get out of bed before taking up the sport. Nita was inspired by some posts from her Facebook friend who got into “jogging” by following a run-walk plan, and one day took the kitchen timer and her dog Morgan out to try it out for herself. Nita’s mind was not her only challenge to overcome, she also had an ankle that would swell when she ran too much which made her doubt that she was built for running. By dedicating a lot of time and energy to finding solutions that helped her keep running, she was able to slowly increase mileage over time enabling her to train for her first half-marathon, and later her first marathon. Running changed Nita’s life in many ways aside from making her physically fit; it started by helping her get out of bed on the days she ran, and with time helped her deal with anxiety and depression and gave her energy to start writing again.

    Nita Sweeney has a law degree, had been writing for most of her life, and officially authored 3 books; she wrote many more books, but most of them have not yet been published. She started running with her dog in 2010 while also dealing with crippling depression that kept her in bed most hours of most days. Nita has since run many training miles, one ultramarathon, 3 marathons, 29 half-marathons, and over 100 shorter races.

    If you would like to follow Nita, she has a website where you can sign up for her email newsletter and find links to all her social media channels: https://nitasweeney.com

    If you are interested in getting a copy of Depression Hates A Moving Target, it is available on Nita's website or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Depression-Hates-Moving-Target-Running/dp/1642500135/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1B3WQNFFX32K&keywords=depression+hates+a+moving+target&qid=1663438667&sprefix=depression+hates%2Caps%2C76&sr=8-1

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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Chase That Smile, by Harold Cabrera

    Chase That Smile, by Harold Cabrera

    Chase That Smile is Harold Cabrera’s autobiography and account of how he managed to train for 3 big endurance events in the year he turned 40: The Paris marathon, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro (this one was with his wife Tania), and completing an Ironman Triathlon. The book has 3 sections that correspond to the 3 challenges. Each section is sub-divided with dates in chronological order like a journal, but the journal entries talk about more than just what happened that day. Harold has a full-time job and two young children so training for these big goals proves to be challenging because of the time required to complete the training. The Ironman training alone involves mid-week long runs and 6 hour bike rides, and then there are the hikes he does with his wife in order to be able to climb Kilimanjaro.    More than just a personal account of each training session he did, Harold also provides insight into his nutrition, the importance of training plans and most importantly how he developed the right mindset needed to take on these big endurance challenges.

    Harold Cabrera was born in the Philippines, grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and currentlu lives in London, England. He studied software engineering in Canada and currently works as a Software Developer and Data Scientist for Wise Traders where he develops stock trading systems. When he is not training for some difficult long-distance event, he spends most of his time with his family. Harold is not a first-time author. He co-authored and published C# for Java Programmers (Syngress Publishing, 2002) to help Java developers learn the C# programming language.

    If you would like to follow Harold, he has a website where you can see the book and also read his blog: https://chasethatsmile.com
    You can also follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/chase.that.smile/

    If you are interested in getting a copy of Chase That Smile, it is available on Harold's website or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Chase-That-Smile-Harold-Cabrera/dp/180313075X   

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

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Running Throughout Time, by Roger Robinson

    Running Throughout Time, by Roger Robinson

    Running Through Time aims to tell key stories about the history and evolution of running. A comprehensive book of every story that makes up running history would be massive, so this book tries to pick stories that were not told as often or not told correctly. It starts with the story of the marathon and how it became the 42.2km distance we know today, and ends with Alison Roe from New Zealand and her inspiring but short professional running career. All the stories chosen in this book have influenced how we experience our sport today, including the inclusion of women.

    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). Since the last time we spoke with Roger he was busy, not just writing this book, but also with his own running: He broke the 80+ Wellington record for the 5000m in a time of 26:45.15 in November 2021.

    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 Running Throughout Time, it is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Running-Throughout-Time-Robinson/dp/1782552413     

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

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Running the Orient, by Gavin Boyter

    Running the Orient, by Gavin Boyter

    Running the Orient is the story of Gavin Boyter’s 2300 mile run across Europe with his girlfriend Aradhna who follows him in their camper-van Roxy. The Orient Express was a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883. It started in Paris and end in Istanbul, and along the way stopped in Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, and Bucharest. Gavin’s goal was to run the same route and stop at each of the station locations in the corresponding cities. Along the way Gavin and Aradhna don’t just have navigation challenges, but also endless chores that come with running and living out of a van, and some friction in their relationship. 
    Gavin is a writer, director, and copywriter. He has been running since his 30’s and Running the Orient is not his first ultra-running adventure. He previously ran from John O'Groats to Land's End which is the longest straight line across Britain, joining the Southwest to the Northeast. Gavin’s love of writing started very early in grade school when he wrote his first multi-part sci-fi story called Invasion of the Blood-Spitters. He later completed a Philosophy and English degree at Edinburgh University, and an MA in Film and TV Drama in Sheffield.

    If you are looking to get a copy of this book, it can be found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Running-The-Orient/dp/1912101378

    If you would like to follow Gavin, he can be found on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/gavin.boyter/ or Twitter at https://twitter.com/Gavin_Boyter?s=20&t=CfTZImKMm5W9JX1_yy6xow or https://twitter.com/Long_Run_Film?s=20&t=CfTZImKMm5W9JX1_yy6xow
    You can also visit his website https://www.gavinboyter.com to see some of his other work.

    Big thank you to Gavin for providing review copies of the book and for spending time with us to record the podcast.

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Alan and Liz's Running Chatter and Rundown on Books 41 to 50

    Alan and Liz's Running Chatter and Rundown on Books 41 to 50

    In this episode we start with some general run chatter before reflecting on everything we learned and thought about related to books 41 to 50.

    Here is a list of the books we talk about:
    One Last Mile, by Roger Saltsman
    Run Like a Pro, by Matt Fitzgerald and Ben Rosario
    Race Across America, by Charles Kastner
    Could Have Happened at Parkrun, by Simon C. Jones
    Runner’s World Meals on the Run, Edited by Joanna Sayago Golub
    Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide, by Hal Higdon
    Daniels’ Running Formula (4th Ed.), by Jack Daniels
    26.2 miles to Happiness, by Paul Tonkinson
    Finding Gobi, by Dion Leonard
    Running With Purpose, by Jim Weber

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    • 1 hr 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 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.

Bmoney12818393737191 ,

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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