Inspiration and practical tips for runners who prioritize enjoyment over pace and embrace their place as an "average" runner
In her first book, popular runner blogger Amanda Brooks lays out the path to finding greater fulfillment in running for those who consider themselves "middle of the pack runners" -- they're not trying to win Boston (or even qualify for Boston); they just want to get strong and stay injury-free so they can continue to enjoy running.
Run to the Finish is not your typical running book. While it is filled with useful strategic training advice throughout, at its core, it is about embracing your place in the middle of the pack with humor and learning to love the run you've got without comparing yourself to other runners. Mixing practical advice like understanding the discomfort vs. pain, the mental side of running, and movements to treat the most common injuries with more playful elements such as "Favorite hilarious marathon signs" and "Weird Thoughts We all Have at the Start Line," Brooks is the down-to-earth, inspiring guide for everyone who wants to be happier with their run.
Running blogger and personal trainer Brooks debuts with a useful and clear-cut primer for runners who find themselves in the "middle of the pack." Having been running for 17 years and writing about it for 12, she's clearly passionate about the sport: Brooks has completed eight marathons, and run over 20,000 miles. Her definition of what constitutes an athlete, however, is inclusive, and she encourages readers who run, even if noncompetitively, to think of themselves as one. There are many reasons to run, she argues, including for the sake of freedom (from one's cell phone, for instance), exploration, relaxation (running can be meditative), and community (she encourages group running). Practical matters such as fueling the body, choosing the right shoes and socks, and why one needs a "dynamic warm up" to promote mobility and strength are also addressed. Brooks infuses her text with lighthearted humor and amusing lists ("Weird Thoughts We All Have at the Start Line") as well as advice on topics such as how to decide whether to run a marathon. Middle-of-the-packers will enjoy this information-rich guide on how to make running a safe and enduring pastime.
I have been running for under two years and found tons of the information in this book to be extremely helpful.