Overall, we gave Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run by Kristin Armstrong a thumbs up. The first RMR book club read was an easy one to pick up, put down, come back to and read from any chapter. Because it was a collection of Armstrong’s blog posts, it’s perfect for getting a dose of inspiration or thought-provoking running tidbit to carry you through the day.
As I finished the book yesterday, I noticed a quote about gratitude from Melody Beattie (Journey to the Heart, The Language of Letting Go). That’s when it hit me…this would be a great book for the back of the toilet. In the best way! That’s where I’ve had my Beattie book for the last 10 years. I just grab it, read a spot, try to digest the goodness, flush, and be on my merry way. I love TMI and as anyone who has run with me will tell you, I am very “regular” before my runs. Move over Beattie, I’ve got my new BOTTB (back of the toilet book).
Enough about toilets, we had a rippin’ good time last night! Highlights…
– Shana schooled us on her nifty Kindle. She was able to clip quotes and passages from the book to share. Cool and so techy!
– We learned everyone’s favorite color. The interesting part about that was the realization that we obviously engage in deeper discussions on our runs together. I had no idea that my running partner, Leah’s, favorite color is turquoise. Or that Tanya’s is purple and so is her husbands (how cute is that?)
– Chelsea makes a very unusual sound when she taste tests a cocktail she doesn’t like.
– Laurie is running her first trail marathon – wahoooo! (it was unanimously decided she will rock it)
– We can be bookish, silly, snacky, hilarious, thirsty, serious and fun all at the same time.
– Fried mozarella sticks are way too good.
– Oh, and we’ll do this again!
Send us your ideas about the next book. There are a few categories… the “how-tos”, the short stories and the fiction. There are so many good ones out there. Here are a few.
- Running through the Wall
- Born to Run (though many of us have read that one)
- Ultramarathon man or 26.2 miles of blisters and bliss (Dean K books)
- Sole Sisters
- The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete (2010)
- Long May You Run: all. things. running. (2010)
- Once a Runner (this one has my vote, great reviews. It’s a novel)
- Runners on Running (30 stories from the greats)
- What I Talk about When I Talk about Running
- Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss and a Record-Setting Run Across America (2011, hardcover)
- Relentless Forward Progress: A guide to running ultramarathons (2011, sorry I’m bias on the distance running thing)
- Kara Goucher’s Running for Women: from first steps to marathons (2011)
Hear of any good running books lately? Cast your vote or add to this list! We’ll start another RMR club read later in June.