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“Running the Mount Everest Marathon is like running in heaven.” Kimi Puntillo has literally run around the globe to bring over 100 of the world’s most entertaining, breathtaking, and unforgettable races to runners of every capability. Ranging from marathons to one-milers, from the pristine glaciers of Antarctica to Vermont’s covered bridges, two-time Guinness World Record holder Puntillo offers practical and unique advice as only a woman who has run a marathon on every continent can. She shares her tips for the most desirable gear, snacks to carry in your backpack, how savvy runners get into events that are sold out months in advance, and the best local sights to take in on your downtime. Try the Great Wall Marathon, where you’ll climb 60,000 steps, crawl through ancient tower windows, and follow in the footsteps of ancient Chinese history. The Marathon du Médoc spoils you with wine every three miles at Bordeaux’s most elite châteaus and fresh-shucked oysters at mile 23. Or, if music is your thing and you long for a different rock band at every mile marker, head out to the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon series in locales across the United States. Whether you want to make those running dreams come true or simply be entertained, here are dozens of running adventures sure to get your heart pumping. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Running brings joy and health benefits to all participants, especially those of the baby boomer generation. But when legs get sore, joints feel achy, and old age creeps up, sometimes senior runners need a little extra motivation to get out of the door and on the road. In Running Past Fifty, lifelong runner Gail Waesche Kislevitz provides helpful tips and motivation from thirty-six runners aged fifty or older. Presenting time-tested recommendations, Kislevitz interviews some of the nation’s greatest senior runners. Included here are exclusive interviews with greats such as Ed Whitlock, who, at the age of eighty-five, set an age-division world record of 3:56 in the marathon; Bill Rodgers, winner of four Boston Marathons and four New York City Marathons; George Hirsch, chairman of New York Road Runners; Olympian and author Jeff Galloway; world record holder Sid Howard; and runner and women’s pioneer runner and advocate Kathrine Switzer And legendary runners aren’t the only ones running well into seniority. Kislevitz also offers motivational stories from average runners who hit the pavement frequently and refuse to let their age stop them from competing regularly. Baby boomer runners may be slower than they once were, but they show no signs of slowing down. Inspiring and insightful, Running Past Fifty is the perfect read for every one of them.
Highlights fifty of the world's greatest marathons that take runners through cities, deserts, coastal areas, and historic sites, in a work that features an expert analysis of each course and practical details for participating in the events.
Have you ever thought about running a 5K naked or getting the all-time biggest marathon finisher's medal? How about running five miles while eating a dozen donuts or chugging down a few beers? Or maybe you'd prefer running a half marathon in paradise or a 5K dressed as a gorilla? Whatever your dreams, runner and traveler Denise Malan has written the perfect book for everybody who is searching for America's greatest--and craziest--running adventures: the races that all enthusiasts should seriously consider running before they die. She gives the inside scoop on 200 truly unique races around the United States, covering distances from one mile to ultramarathon.
Running isn’t only good for your body; it can be good for your soul as well; especially if you’re running outdoors on some of America’s most beautiful running trails. Jeff Galloway, author of the bestselling running instruction book in North America, and his son Brennan present some of their favorite and most scenic places to run or walk in the United States. This list includes places in almost all of the 50 states, divided geographically from West to East. Each route has directions to the trail head and special instructions to enjoy the area. Beautiful pictures of the scenery and historical facts of the area or trail round out each listing. While most of the routes are places to run anytime, America’s Best Trails also includes running events, such as the Big Sur International and the Big Wild Life Run. To prepare you for your runs, Jeff Galloway includes tips on training for trail running, dealing with elevation, running uphill and downhill, terrain issues, and endurance. Time-tested suggestions for choosing footwear, clothing, drinks, and energy snacks are also provided. America’s Best Trails is a running book, a travel book and more—it’s an inspiration for every runner and walker!
At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe's secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long. With incredible energy and smart observation, McDougall tells this story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner. Travelling to labs at Harvard, Nike, and elsewhere, he comes across an incredible cast of characters, including the woman who recently broke the world record for 100 miles and for her encore ran a 2:50 marathon in a bikini, pausing to down a beer at the 20 mile mark.
This is not just a book about running. It's a book about cupcakes. It's a book about suffering. It's a book about gluttony, vanity, bliss, electrical storms, ranch dressing, and Godzilla. It's a book about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day and propel our bodies through rain, shine, heaven, and hell. From #1 New York Times best-selling author, Matthew Inman, AKA The Oatmeal, comes this hilarious, beautiful, poignant collection of comics and stories about running, eating, and one cartoonist's reasons for jogging across mountains until his toenails fall off. Containing over 70 pages of never-before-seen material, including "A Lazy Cartoonist's Guide to Becoming a Runner" and "The Blerch's Guide to Dieting," this book also comes with Blerch race stickers.

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