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    I am a 26-year-old married Michigan gal living in Sarasota, Florida. This blog is a chronicle of my journey toward a healthier lifestyle! I started running in January 2009 and began to change my eating habits in May 2009. Now, I am dedicated to training smart and eating right. Join me as I seek to balance running and eating healthy, local foods with my crazy work life and hilarious home life.

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Running Reads

Last night’s post about my recent reading list got me thinking:  What are some of my favorite running books?

1.  Marathoning for Mortals by John “The Penguin” Bingham and Coach Jenny Hadfield

This is the first book I read when beginning to think about training for a half marathon; it was recommended to me by some women on my online running message boards who did the 2009 Disney Princess Half.  It gave me an idea of how to physically and mentally prepare for a half marathon or marathon, and also gave me some inspiration.  Bingham and Hadfield are extremely honest about the mental willpower and months of training that go into preparation for distance racing, but they also make you feel like anyone can do it if they put their mind to it!

2.  The Coolest Race on Earth:  Mud, Madmen, Grannies, and Glaciers at the Antarctica Marathon by John Hanc

Until I picked up this book in August, I had no idea there was a marathon in Antarctica!  Hanc’s book delves into the history behind the idea for the Last Marathon, the early years of the marathon, and his own personal experience running in Antarctica in 2005.  There are so many unbelievable elements to this story, and by the end of the book, you’ll be Googling “Antarctica Marathon” to find out how you can run this event.  I think I read this book in one day, I was so hooked on the story!

3.  The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais

I wouldn’t start with this book if you’re looking for technical information about running a distance race.  However, if you need an amusing read during your training, look no further!  Dais’ writing style is casual and funny – she punctuates her chapters with personal journal entries about her adventures in training with “Chipper Jen,” her annoyingly happy and much faster running partner.  The best part of this book is reading about the author’s hilarious journey from couch potato to marathon finisher, and she offers some pretty good advice, too!

Anybody else want to share their fave running reads?

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