A Hundred Reasons to Run 100km reflects a personal journey that will strike a chord with anyone intrigued by the prospect of trying an ultramarathon. The idea for this book was born 10 days before author Margreet Dietz did a 100km race. While finalizing her physical preparations, she also wanted to ready herself mentally as best as possible. An experienced 3:07 marathoner and five-time Ironman finisher, she knew endurance athletes ponder the question, Why?, during the most challenging moments in an event. It's good to have an answer. In this book on ultrarunning, you'll find plenty of inspiration, practical tips, and the key reason to run 100km-because you can. UltraRunning magazine editor Tia Bodington: "There's something special about 100km. It's not 'only 50' miles, which is eminently do-able if you're the least bit trained. It's not the epic 100-mile distance, which carries you through the night and into the next day. Sixty-two miles pushes you over the edge into the realm of philosophy; you have to dig deep to get it done, but you're still showered and in bed by midnight, to lie there and contemplate what amazing thing you've just accomplished." Marathon & Beyond editor Richard Benyo: "It is the common ultra-distance to virtually every country that competes in ultras. Of course, in most of the world ultras are contested on the road, and the 100km is a perfect distance, a perfectly rounded number for countries, most of 'em, that use the metric system." Professional endurance athlete, coach and Badwater Ultramarathon finisher Jen Segger: "Prepare properly and you will enjoy the experience that much more. Dedicate yourself to the journey because, honestly, it's about the whole process-not just the race itself!" Reviews: "The book is a very good read-very intuitive for someone who is a veteran of ultramarathons or for those who are attempting their first century distance. I like the breakdown into 100 reasons. During a marathon a person lives through one lifetime, but during an ultra an athlete lives through a few lifetimes. All of us have broken down the ultras by distance markers or time frames. How wonderful to divide the 100km race into 100 reasons (one for every km) in the century race!" - Nadeem Khan, director of communications, International Association of Ultrarunners "I have read it from cover to cover and thoroughly enjoyed it! There's so many things that resonated with me having questioned my participation in events (even if they've reached only half of a 100km)." - Roger Shirt, Squamish Titans running coach and former University of British Columbia's cross-country team member "If you're on the fence about running a 100km, or wondering what your motivation for ultra-running is or should be, Margreet's book is a must-read. Rather than simply listing reasons, Margreet lays out a beautiful and compelling story on each easy-to-read page. This is a perfect addition to any ultra-running library!" - Ben Greenfield, owner of www.EndurancePlanet.com "A Hundred Reasons to Run 100km is a funny, inspirational, motivating read that uses the author's personal experience rather than sterile advice. Dietz uses personal experience in both her life as a writer and a runner to drive the point home and, like her, I believe there are many parallels between ultra-running and life. In the book, Dietz asks, "How do you know you're ready to do something you've never done before? The only way to really find out is to try." The stories have a good mix of humour, motivation, practical tips and facts about the local running community. While running 100 kilometres may not be on everyone's bucket list, I would recommend this book to anyone with a passion for running longer distances and anyone interested by the prospect of trying an ultra-marathon." - Jessica Glowacki in IMPACT Magazine
Powered From Within will motivate runners and triathletes of all levels. Stories include profiles of two-time Ironman world champion Craig Alexander and his preparations for Kona 2009; three-time Paralympian and runner Gerrard Gosens; Ron Stuart who became a steeplechase world champion in his 60s after injury and polio halted his ambitions as a young athlete; Kate Rowe who became an Ironman 70.3 world champion in her 50s after taking out a $25,000 loan to fulfill her dream; and Bernie Millett who at the age of 67 runs a 3:16 marathon. Top running coaches Dave Scott-Thomas and Kevin Smith provide advice on marathon training. Age-group triathletes reveal their strategies to gain a mental advantage on race day. Female triathletes discuss their approach to the sport.
Have you ever wanted to run a 100km ultra marathon? And not just run it, but enjoy it and make it to the finish? But what will it take to improve your ultra running and achieve the results you want? The biggest challenge ultra runners face is not their lack of motivation or determination. The biggest challenge ultra runners face is their lack of preparation and training. Journey to 100 will teach you how to prepare and train for your next ultra marathon, including: How to successfully train as an ultra runner. How to implement specific ultra running principles. How the different elements of ultra running - training, pacing, nutrition, tapering, and more - apply to you. How to invest your training time well and get the best training results. How to have more fun on the trails. By the end of Journey to 100, you will have unlocked an unwavering belief in yourself, and will know at the start line that you will cross the finish line.
Running Shoes Are a Girl's Best Friend tells the stories of 53 women who run. They share their reasons, motivation and tips, as do two top coaches. Motivation is everything. There are so many reasons to run. Coach Pat Carroll, one of Australia's top distance runners ever: “It is really important to enjoy the journey rather than feel like it is something you have to do.” Motivation evolves. Goals change. Many people start running without the plan to become a runner. Many begin with the goal to lose weight and / or gain fitness. You don't need to compete. Says Carroll, “The great thing about running is that everyone can have their own goals and everyone can walk away feeling incredible, whether it be in training or in competition.” Running, though it may not be easy at first, makes you feel good. And, surprisingly, fitness improves very quickly. This book tells the stories of 53 women. Some have been running for decades, others began more recently. Some run for the simple pleasure it brings, while others race for finish lines. Women featured in Running Shoes Are a Girl's Best Friend include: Rhonda LeBrocque: “People think it is too hard, but until you start you don't realize that it isn't that difficult and you don't have to be fast to be a runner.'' Suzie Oswald: “More people would run if they took the time to take it easy first.” Helen Bruce: “It is all about getting into a routine that you can maintain for the rest of your life.” Shelley Kirkwood: “Exercise has to be a lifestyle. It has to be woven into everyday life so that it becomes one of the things you just do.” Susan Trodd: “At 54, I decided that I was not going to let preconceptions of age stop me and to return to the interests of my youth—one being running.” Anne-Maree Jaggs began running in her 40s to improve her health and shed weight. “Running has been a turning point in my life. I'm chuffed with myself for making this healthy activity part of my life.” Shelley Maxwell-Smith: “I wanted to be one of those fit-looking girls.'' Diane Soffe: “I realized there were two options left to me; I could continue to get old or I could do something about it.” Katrina Crook: “Races gave me the motivation to keep running. I kept every certificate, timing list and T-shirt from the first few years.” Lisa Hurring's leg was shattered in a 2006 accident. “A desire to run drove my rehab. When I first tried running again five months after the crash, the best I could do was to lurch along for five limping steps with teeth tightly clenched.” In 2009, Lisa ran a 3:35 marathon. Eileen Varty was a runner before a hip replacement in 2007 - she wasn't sure if she'd ever run again. In 2009, Eileen did the Melbourne marathon in 4:39. Elizabeth Adams: “I rarely have a sick day. My heart rate is lower, my weight is good and I've increased my strength. I'm near menopause and conscious of staying fit and keeping my weight in check.” Susan Trodd: “Because running stirs up the endorphins and helps keep you fit and trim, it makes you more positive all around.” Karey Corrie: “Running gives me confidence to be true to myself and reminds me to push my own limits regularly, both on the road and in life in general.” Anne Marie Halton: “I have more energy, am more motivated to take risks, I feel like I can do whatever I set my sights on given the right preparation.'' Elizabeth Adams did her first marathon at 47, two years after she started running: “Doing a marathon was never a consideration — until two years ago.” Tina Fiegel ran 105km in 24 hours at 57. She began running in her 40s: “I was inspired by Jane Fonda's book in which she talks about her quest to run a mile. I thought I'd like to be able to run 1km.'' Vicky Baxter-Wright: “A good run can also just be about the conversation we have as we run. Sometimes I've had to stop because I was laughing so much.”
This is a reference manual for distance runners. The author guides the runner every step of the way with practical advice and motivation. He supplies tips and information on every aspect of the sport, including training, planning, racing, nutrition, injuries, clothing and equipment.
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