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John L. Parker was the SEC champion in the mile...3 times...back in the 70's. Then he started writing. In 1978 he
published the critically acclaimed book "Once a Runner". It tells the story of a college miler Quentin Cassidy, his life as a
competitive runner, and his struggles to rise to another level. This is perhaps the most entertaining book ever written if
you are a runner. You will relate to something on every page "He was merely trying to slip into a lifestyle that he could
live with, strenuous but not unendurable by any means..." and with chapters like "The Race" and "The Morning Run",
this book is truly memorable. As Kenny Moore put it, "By far the most accurate fictional portrayal of the world of the
serious runner...a marvelous description of the way it really is".  The hero is an upper classman trying to lead a
"Southern University" track team to greatness (actually University of Florida, but to avoid litigation, John fictionalizes the
characters). As the book says, "Quentin Cassidy had run one mile in 4:00.3 and despite the near indifference of the
sporting world, four minute milers are still very nearly as rare a bread as, say, astronauts".  Training with his mentor, a
past gold medalist Bruce Dentin (Frank Shorter or Mart Liquori?), Quentin struggles with the competition and school
politics until finally getting to the race he wants.  This book was the most sought after out-of-print book of any kind in
the world in 2007. It was finally re-released April 7, 2009 and is available now. I got an early copy and read it 3 times
before buying the sequel, "Again to Carthage". This is my favorite book of all time, closely edging out "Pre" (though Pre
is my all-time favorite running personality) and "Ultramarathon Man" by Dean Karnazas.
That is saying something! You
should get it and read it today!
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Dean Karnazas, Published 2005
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Dean Karnazas is the most captivating story teller in years.  Add that to him being one of the most extreme runners in
the world and you have a fascinating tale.  This true story begins with Dean running down a lonely road at night in
California.  He tells how he was so excited about the run as he left the office earlier that day, got his running gear, and
headed out at 5PM for this epic journey.  Somewhere around midnight he nears another town and regains phone service
and immediately calls Round Table Pizza to have a pizza delivered "on the run".  His description of how other pizza
companies are so picky, requiring an actual address to deliver the pizza to is hilarious, as is his encounter with the "pizza
dude" who asks "Why do you run?"  Dean muses on that and says to the reader "everyone has a story and here is
mine".  He launches back to his childhood days and then into how he began running again at age 30 on a desperate,
panicked night.  After months of training and building he hears about an incredible race called the "Western States 100",
which is a 100 mile race through the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.  His entire personality and upbringing lead
him to want to train for and run this race.  His description of the actual journey is the most remarkable tale imaginable,
that may even bring you to tears at one point.  However, this is not the end of the journey, but only the beginning!  
Many runners that read this book decide to try their first ultra, myself included.  It is truly inspirational.  
(Warning - Many
runners get so motivated after reading this that they decide to try to run ultras.  We advise against it.  They are even
harder than he makes them sound).
Again to Carthage
John L. Parker
Published 2007
(Outstanding - One of the Best Ever)
Again to Carthage is the sequel to "Once a Runner".  Quentin Cassidy is out of school and now a practicing lawyer in
south Florida.  He is still running, but he is not training like he once did.  Then he decides to give it one more try, to train
to be an elite runner once again.  He takes his training to a level hard to imagine for some of us and also runs at a level
hard to imagine for some of us.  Just like "Once a Runner", John L. Parker proves to be one of the all-time greats at
communicating what it is like to be a runner.  The author was the SEC mile champion 3 times back in the seventies, so
he knows not only what it is to be a runner, but also what it takes to run at the elite level.  This story is a little slow to
develop in the first half, spending almost too much time describing Quentin's life as a lawyer and things like a fishing trip
to the Bahamas.  However, the second half of the book more than makes up for it.  By the time you are finished you will
conclude that this book was every bit as good as the first book.  This is a MUST READ!  However, if you have not read
"Once a Runner" read it first.  The sequel might ruin the first book for you, since all of those things already happened to
Quentin in the past.  The story also builds on some of the same themes.
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Born to Run
Christopher McDougall
Published May, 2009
(Outstanding - One of the Best Ever)
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting edge science, and most of all inspiration, "Born to
Run" is an epic adventure that began with one simple question, "Why does my foot hurt?".  Christopher McDougall is a
slightly overweight would-be runner who can't understand why he can't run injury free.  In his quest for an answer, he
sets off to find the tribe of the world's greatest distance runners, the Tarahumara.  Through his searches he finds out that
everything he thought he knew about running is wrong.
The Tarahumara Indians, living in some of the most desolate canyons and mountains of Mexico are practitioners of a lost
art.  For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run for hundreds of miles, chasing down everything
from deer to Olympic marathoners, enjoying every step of the way.  They are living examples that the natural state of
mankind is to run.  Our ancestors killed game by chasing it until it could no longer run.  This books explains how, while
telling a fascinating tale of one man's search for understanding and the tail of the greatest race that the world never saw!
This book is a must read.  It is entertaining enough that you won't be able to put it down, while affirming everything you
know to be true as a runner.  You don't want to miss this book!
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Dr. Jack Daniels is one of the pioneers of modern running methods (the coach, not the liquor).  He was both a research
scientist and a coach.  He applied scientific research to his coaching and his advice on running.  His article on tempo runs
on our
Articles Page is just one example of his contribution over the years.  His exceptional book "Jack Daniel's Running
Formula" is one of the classic works on running.  It covers many of the same topics we have covered in our articles.  He is
one of the founders of the concept of tempo runs, which he called threshold runs.  His laboratory-based paces for Max
VO2 pace and tempo pace are the basis for our tables on training paces.  Jack Daniels is a true pioneer of modern running
and an authority on how to train.  This book not only explains the concepts of training, it provides detailed training
schedules for how to train for any distance from 800 meters to the marathon.  Definitely a must read for any runner who
is serious about getting better or competing.
(Outstanding - One of the Best Ever)
Daniels Running Formula
Dr. Jack Daniels
Published 1998, 2005
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Mark Henderson is a very accomplished ultra-runner and a very funny guy.  His book's cover includes one caveman
chasing another.  The one chasing has a spear.  The one being chased has a beer.  This actually ties into the theme of
the book.  (Is that Dolph and Scritch fighting over the last beer?)  The story is somewhat auto-biographical.  He tells
stories about his childhood to explain what drove him toward running.  He also tells stories of running ultras, often in the
company of his friends Dolf and Scritch, two weathered ultra-runners who "have run more miles than everyone in the
New York City Marathon combined".  In one scene a new ultra-runner, all decked out in brand new high-tech gear is
nervous about his first 100 miler the next day, to which Dolf replies, "They tell ya when ta start and they tell ya when ta
stop - in between ya just gotta keep runnin'.  How hard can that be?", as he downs another beer.  Dolf and Scritch
finished; The new guy didn't, neither of which was a surprise.

Mark relates stories about everything from drinking beer
during a 100 miler to settle his stomach to "poopin" during
runs.  Mark has a Texas drawl way of telling stories, which combined with some of the crazy stories make almost every
scene hilarious.  I couldn't put it down and read all 200 pages in one sitting.  It was entertaining, funny and a great read.
Even the reviews on the back cover are funny (especially after you read the book), all of which Mark wrote himself.

You can get the book on Mark's site:
http://shop.runningbadhabits.com/ or at many local running stores.

Note: I actually met Mark at the Lean Horse Ultra in South Dakota in 2007.  It was my first 50 miler.  He offered a lot of
encouragement in the first couple of miles and then said "Catch you at the finish line.  I need to get going".  He took off
and finished second in the 100 miler behind some famous runner you see in all the ads in Ultrarunning magazine.
Running and Other Bad Habits
Mark Henderson
Published 2010
Running and Other Bad Habits
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