Betty Says: Read This

Over the past year, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about running, fitness and nutrition. I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.

FYI, the hyperlinked titles will take you to, while the cover images will send you to

Run Like a Mother

Sure, Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell of frame the book in the context of mother runners, but I think it’s an honest, valuable book for anyone who tries to maintain that delicate balance between fitness and work and family and and and….

The sequel, Train Like a Mother┬áis scheduled to be published in March. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy!

Born to Run

I’d stopped running — completely stopped — when I read Born to Run. It was the first running book that gave me my “a-ha!” moment and got me to ditch my overly structured running shoes in favor of something more minimal. (Some would argue that I’ve gone too far in the minimalist, unstructured direction, but the ideas behind the decision are still valid.) It’s a great look at physiological form and function in an isolated society untouched by fitness marketing.

Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes

Look, I hardly lump myself into the category of marathoners and Ironmen, but it seems to me that if I’m really being thoughtful about food as fuel, then I should look to the example of people who need the absolute best in nutritional balance. I’ve read several books about athletic nutrition, but this is the one that seemed to be the best blend of scientific “why” combined with practical suggestions for what kinds of foods to eat.

Brain Training for Runners*

Is it all in my head? Maybe not all of it. But after realizing that I did (or believing that I did) better at Zumba in a mirrorless classroom, I started thinking about how much of my athletic performance is mental. I’m starting to suspect that my brain is holding me back more than my body is. Let’s see if this book can help me change that.

* Still reading this one. Conclusions are yet to be determined.

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