It's another running book for me.
No way Santa was going to get this one for me, my freinds or family wouldn't have heard of him, a lot of runners won't even have heard of him - yet he is one of the greatest of them all.
Scott Jurek (readers of "Born To Run" will know of him), aka "The Real Deal", winner of the Western States 100 (readers of Dean Karnazes will know of this race) 7 years in a row and THE dominant force in ultra-running for the last 2 decades.
I saw it while I was out Christmas shopping and put it in my own stocking.
"Eat & Run". Scott Jurek's story, punctuated rather cleverly with some of his favourite VEGAN recipes which have helped propel him to ultra-marathon greatness.
That's right folks, the greatest endurance athlete of the lot - doesn't eat meat!
Best tip so far (I'm on chapter 4): "Do a combo of running and walking if needed, don't be afraid to walk the uphills".
Seems the real deal has more in common with the beginner than with the marathon men he leaves for dust!
Inspiring or what?!
"Running with the Kenyans" by Andharanand Finn.
'Discovering the secrets of the fastest people on Earth' is the tag line.
Well those secrets are really quite surprising. I'm about 3/4 of the way through now, and so far I'm not sure who it reveals more about - us and the damaging effects of our modern Western lifestyles, or the undeniably brilliant runners of Kenya's Rift Valley.
It is a great read, the author upped sticks and took his family to go and live in Iten, amongst the runners. I don't want to give too much away and spoil it for those who wish to read the book, but it is full of insight and a very interesting read, surprising in many ways.
For those who run but don't wish to read it, I will happily reveal (for it has been said many times before) that rest is massively important to the kenyan runners. Where we always tend to think we need to do more, they rest, they take it very seriously.
I love this book, it has instantly taken its place amongst my very favourite books on the subject of running. Highly recommended.