Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Reading.

I finished reading Bart Yasso's book, My Life on the Run, about a month ago. I enjoyed it; it was a quick, fun read. At one point, I thought about posting a review but I didn't get to it before I had to return the book to the library. So, the review is gone forever. I will say that Bart's stories of far-flung and often loony runs and races gave me the itch to get out there and run some different races. I'll let you know when I actually start to scratch that itch.

Yesterday, I picked up Run Less, Run Faster and Ultra-Marathon Man at the library. I have a long-term goal of running another marathon in two years. It's just not on my list for right now but I think that fall 2010 will be the perfect time for me and the marathon. I can see possibly using the FIRST plan outlined in Run Less, Run Faster when I do get around to training for that marathon. We'll see if I use any of the techniques and training plans for my current runs. Since I'm working on my endurance, I'm hoping that I will pick up some tips from these books that will help me improve in that area.

Also yesterday, I had an enjoyable, easy run that had only one down-side: My socks! On most of my recent runs, I've been wearing the DryMax socks that I won from Runners' Lounge. Yesterday, they were dirty and I am not one for re-using the dirty socks. Too skeevy for me. So, I went for the Thorlos and . . . unh-unh. They made my feet feel heavy and hot. Lesson learned: It is time to splurge on a few more pairs of the DryMax! I've been trying to get by on the two pairs that I have (weak, I know!), but that requires a lot of coordination in the laundry department. I guess with the money I save from taking books out of the library I can afford some socks, right? Yeah -- why not?

Have a great day, everyone!

9 comments:

*aron* said...

haha yah i think its time to add to the sock drawer :)

LOVED ultra marathon man!

Roisin said...

Yep, I think you're going to have to add to the sock drawer if you're not a "recycler" like me ;)

J said...

yes get more socks!! Love the library too! Ultra-Marathon man was really good, I enjoyed it. Fall 2010 sounds sooo far away! but it will be here quick!

Vava said...

Well done on using the library! (I am completing a Masters in Library Science, and although I am not a librarian, I feel it is an invaluable institution). Thanks for the tip on the Yasso book as well. Other than The Perfect Mile I've only been reading training and injury prevention type books. Run Less, Run Faster is good. All the best!

Gotta Run said...

The FIRST plan was disigned right here where I live. Infact my husband and I were both part of the case study while they were putting the information for the book. It is a.... very focused...effective program.

Both books are good ones but Dean's really put my running wheels in movtion for setting goals beyond the marathon distance. A large reason why I do ultras now.

Melanie said...

I JUST finished My Life on the Run the other day and LOVED it! It makes me want to go run in places I never thought about before. I also read Ultramarathon Man a short while ago... it'll definitely get you itching to get out there.

Marcy said...

Love me some FIRST. Works good for Moms like us or people who just don't have the time to run every day :-)

Leslie said...

Hey! I read the same Bart Yasso book too and enjoyed it quite a bit...especially the part where he talks about inspiring prison inmates to run a relay race...that was cool!

carla said...

PLEASE to keep us posted on RUN LESS RUN FASTER.

on what you think...if it works...

all that jazz.

Miz.

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