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BOOKS TO DIGEST (Read 3091 times)

    I thought I would make my own contribution to this thread. I would like to recommend The Mind Body Prescription by Dr. John Sarno.


    This book has had the biggest impact on my life, and to a certain extent, saved my life. I went from a healthy 25 year old man to practically a cripple, suffering all kinds of chronic pain, from debilitating back pain, wrist pain, knee pain, you name it, I've had it. I went through every facet of the medical system, from GPs to specialists, osteopaths, physical therapists, and even more esoterical therapists. Nothing helped me in the long term. Until I read this book and was able to cure MYSELF. Its not an instant cure, but its an alternative way of looking at chronic pain. I am now practically injury and pain free.


    This book is not for everyone, as some will not be able to accept its message, but if you're a person who has struggled with nagging injuries or chronic pain, I think its 9.98$ price point is worth its priceless information.




    I know that this book doesn't relate directly to running, but I know that many runners deal with injuries and pain so I felt that someone could find value in it. There was a 3-4 page article in Runner`s World in a recent issue where a runner goes through the medical system much like I did and eventually gets treated by Dr. Sarno.

      I thought I would make my own contribution to this thread. I would like to recommend The Mind Body Prescription by Dr. John Sarno.


      I just happened to notice your recommendation here, for the first time, for this book.  Many, Many years ago I read a book called "Mind Over Back Pain" by this same auther.  It was recommended by a friend.  This book came out way back in 1982.  It is interesting to see how many newer books have been spawned from this book, which I think was the first one he wrote.  It was extremely interesting.


      My friend had some back pain issues, and he is convinced that this book had the biggest influence over his healing.  I read it and it totally made sense to me.  I thought it was very interesting. 




      This might seem off the topic a little but from what I remember, the author had treated a lot of runners who were convinced that their back problems were stemming from the running and had been told by doctors to give up the running. 

        I think you're right, Mind Over Back Pain was his first book. I've never read it myself. He came out with another one a few years after that called Healing Back Pain, which was excellent. The MindBody connection came out many years after that one, and just basically builds on the previous two books.


        I prefer the MindBody Connection because it is all encompassing. He mentions many conditions and pain areas that weren't yet attributed to TMS, the pain syndrome described in the book. It can affect pretty much every single part of your body, not only your back. For runners, it can attack your feet, your knees and your hips, as well as your back. I have myself experienced pain in all these areas, and for months at a time. And I wasn't even a runner at the time. The pain that I attributed to injury was a manifestation of psychosomatic pain.








          Christoper McDougall talks about his book Born to Run with Jon Stewart on the daily show. Good interview!


            I'll add A Cold Clear Day: The Athletic Biography of Buddy Edelen in the good reads category.  I read that at the beach this summer.  Buddy Edelen was a fascinating character


            For training, I think The Runner's Handbook : The Bestselling Classic Fitness Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Runners (2nd rev Edition) is great for newbies.  It covers everything.


            Ron Daws's Self-Made Olympian is one I'd like to get my hands on, but it's out of print and pricey.  I have read Running Your Best: The Committed Runner's Guide to Training and Racing and it describes Ron Daws's Lydiard-inspired training approach.


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              Born To Run, Christopher McDougall - has to be the most inspiring book out there, so I'm just posting it again for emphasis. It really just stands in a category all its own and I believe it could trigger another big running wave, plus a huge surge in ultrarunners. And even better shoes from Nike. I think that's what happens when a talented writer writes about running, as opposed ot the other way 'round.




              This one hasn't been mentioned yet:


              Why We Run, Bernd Heinrich - a unique book, to a large extent a biography, written by a biologist who happens to have been a top ultra runner, that reveals a lot about why humans run, why frogs croak, why moths flap their wings and much more about the physiology of many other animals, and what they teach us about our own abilities and limits. It culminates in one of the best race reports ever printed, better than the race finale in Born to Run. The author is a bit of a fanatic, and a little loony, and German, perfect! Highly recommended.


              The Bernd Heinrich Wiki Page, the man himself is pretty fascinating.





              When the sun comes up, you'd better be running

                Just finished Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. Fantastic.

                Loved it. A great adventure.


                Read it!



                  Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

                  By Scott Jurek (ghost-written by Steve Friedman)


                    Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

                    By Scott Jurek (ghost-written by Steve Friedman)


                    I just ordered that!

                    Slow and Steady

                      Here are a few I have enjoyed recently:


                      Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel by Jason Robillard. Jason is a long-time blogger and barefoot enthusiast. The book is more of a how-to for trail and ultra running, and is a fun read.


                      The Summit Seeker by Vanessa Runs. This is a pretty quick read, more of a memoir of Vanessa's journey in life and in ultra trail running. She and her boyfriend are now vagabonding their way around North America; they seem to be pretty interesting people!


                      Metabolic Efficiency Training by Bob Seebohar. This is a great book, very complementary to Maffetone's stuff. I'm annoyed that there is no Kindle version, only a PDF you can buy if you want electronic. The print version must be almost out: even a paperback copy is $22 right now, and it's only 100 pages!

                      Eric S.

                      Trail Mix ||| dailymile ||| RA log

                      Goals: 50km, 50-miler, 100km, 100-miler


                        For me Scott Jureks book was an amazing read.I thought it was good that he included his recipes as well.