New Books

Today’s mail brought two books I’d ordered recently – Timothy Noakes’ Lore of Running, and Neal Bascomb’s The Perfect Mile.

The Perfect MileI’m tucking “The Perfect Mile” away for the time being. It’ll be the book I take with me to Sarasota, to read on the plane and to fill the spare moments I have there. The book’s full title is “The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It.” It’s the story of the competition, in 1952, between Englishman Roger Bannister, Australian John Landry, and American Wes Santee to be the first human being to run a sub-four minute mile. Sounds to me like to perfect book for a race holiday trip!

Lore of Running“The Lore of Running” is legendary among runners and coaches. Tim Noakes is is Discovery health professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, director of the medical research council/UCT research unit for exercise science and sports medicine at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, and one of 22 founding members of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Science Academy. To date, he’s run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons. His book combines the science behind running and racing with training programs and tips. It’s a major piece of work (944 pages in the paperback edition), so I’m going to keep it close at hand for ongoing study and reflection.

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