Four new books we recommend for late-winter running inspiration.
Running Your First Ultra: Customizable training plans for your first 50K to 100-mile race by Krissy Moehl
With 15 years of experience and more than 100 ultra races under her belt, there is no one more qualified to get runners across the ultra finish line. In “Running Your First Ultra,” Moehl provides runners with a comprehensive guide to training both the mind and body for these grueling races. In addition to sharing stories about her own experiences on the trails, she provides customizable training plans and leaves room for readers to personalize the book by allotting space to write down goals and fill out a checklist before race-day.
Hansons Marathon Method: Run your fastest marathon (2nd Ed.) by Luke Humphrey with Keith and Kevin Hanson
In the updated edition of “Hansons Marathon Method,” the coaches of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project reveal their innovative marathon training program that has helped runners become true marathoners and outrun their personal bests. Their training approach tosses out mega-long runs and high-mileage weekends—two old-fashioned running traditions that often injure and discourage runners—in favor of spreading those miles more sensibly throughout the week. In this edition, the Hansons program welcomes newer runners with a new, lower-mileage “just finish” program.
How Bad Do You Want It? Mastering the psychology of mind over muscle by Matt Fitzgerald
The greatest athletic performances spring from the mind, not the body. In “How Bad Do You Want It?,” Fitzgerald examines more than a dozen pivotal races to discover the surprising ways elite athletes strengthen their mental toughness. Each chapter explores the how and why of an elite athlete’s transformative moment, revealing powerful new psychobiological principles you can practice to flex your own mental fitness. The new psychobiological model of endurance performance shows that the most important question in endurance sports is: How bad do you want it?
Dirty Inspirations: Lessons from the trenches of extreme endurance sports by Terri Schneider
In “Dirty Inspirations,” Schneider presents the unique perspective of a woman who has made it her life’s work to exceed her limits. The book takes readers through environments as majestic as they are unforgiving—from the brutal heat of the Sahara to the deep jungles of the Amazon and the awe-inspiring peaks of Denali in Alaska. Part philosophical journey, part spiritual awakening and part riveting drama, the stories presented in “Dirty Inspirations” embody the incredible resiliency of the human body and the indomitable nature of the human spirit.