The Jade Rabbit is a bit of an excursion from the usual “how to run better” books reviewed here. But running still acts as a vital core to this book by Mark Matthews, and the book serves to remind us that it is just one – albeit important – facet to the balanced life. But it is the facet that gives us the time to think and discover ourselves.
The training season is long and intense. When you start to think of it as building a story, and enjoy the process of doing so, it’s far easier to find the motivation to push through, and to finish strong.
In an effort to catch up a bit on book reviews, I proffer up three at once. The bottom line is that Jason Fitzgerald’s “101 Ways to Become a Better Runner” is worth your time and money, Scott Douglas’s “Little Red Book of Running” may be a convenient way to get new ideas for your training, but Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano’s “Running the Edge” falls a bit short of inspiring.
Once again, the Towpath Ten-Ten 10-mile race on Father’s Day provided a good baseline for fitness levels heading into fall marathon training. And this time, it also yielded an overall 3rd place finish.
Fiction writer Haruki Murakami strays from his core to talk a bit about his running and what it means to his life in this somewhat sloppy but still easy to read work. It’s not a training guide by any means, but rather a reminder of the positive central role that running can play in the chaotic life.