Run to the Finish: The Everyday Runner’s Guide to Avoiding Injury, Ignoring the Clock, and Loving the Run

Amanda Brooks. Da Capo LifeLong, $16.99 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-0-7382-8599-3
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. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 12/11/2019
Release date: 03/03/2020
Genre: Lifestyle
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