To Be a Runner: How Racing Up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Taking On a 5-K Makes You a Better Person (and the World a Better Place)

Martin Dugard. Rodale, $24.99(256p) ISBN 978-1-60961-108-8
Best-selling author Dugard (Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone) recalls the impact running cross-country has had on him in his latest book. A runner from an early age, he recounts the lessons learned after returning to the sport in his twenties and while coaching a high school cross-country team. With vivid imagery, he tells of his trials at the various events in which he has participated, including: the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; the Tough Guy in Great Britain; and the Saipan XTERRA off-road triathlon in the Marianas Islands. Even as blood ran down his legs during a Disneyland marathon or as he plunged into icy water during the Tough Guy, his sense of humor shines through. In addition, he provides readers with various training tips: how to choose the proper running shoes, the proper technique for hill climbing, how to stretch, and when to rest. This book will inspire non-athletes, while former runners may find themselves lacing up their running shoes after reading just a few chapters. (May)
Reviewed on: 07/18/2011
Release date: 05/01/2011
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