A couple of administrative notes before today’s post …
1) Apologies for skipping the standard Random Shots of Beauty weekend post. The past three days were something of an experiment, as I wanted to see if I could go completely unplugged for a while. The good news is that I only had about half the number of anxiety attacks I anticipated; the bad news is that by midday today I had the same kind of tension headache I get whenever I try to limit my caffeine intake. Fortunately, it wasn’t anything a couple of Advil couldn’t handle – so I’m considering the experiment a marginal success.
2) Speaking of the weekend: it was amazing. A small group of us ran to our heart’s content in Zion National Park, thanks in large part to Stacy at Wilderness Running Company , who bent over backwards to plan all the logistics, make all the necessary arrangements, and provide all of the support we needed down to the very last detail. All the rest of us had to do was show up and run – and I’ll have that report later this week.
In the meantime, if you haven’t done so already, keep WRC in your bookmarks for the next time you need trail running gear (and if you buy anything, remember my coupon code R&R10). Stacy’s good people, and his company is 100% committed to serving customers who are passionate about trail running. I kind of always knew that, but this weekend eliminated any shadow of a doubt.
As for today’s post, it’s one that’s been in the works for a while …
They’re here! At long last, The Running Life is available as a real-life, good-old-fashioned paperback book – and for the next week, you can get it at a discounted price.
The Running Life book!
Mike and I announced the book’s release in our newspaper column last week, and that article follows below. But if you’re the type who prefers to skip the window shopping in favor of just grabbing what you want and checking out, I’ve got you covered: simply click here to jump to the book's website , and click the PayPal button at top right to get your copy.
Otherwise, you can proceed to the article that provides a brief synopsis of the book, then click any of the links that will take you either to our dedicated Running Life website for direct purchases, or to the book’s Amazon.com pages. (For the record, it's cheaper from our website, and we make a higher percentage from direct sales - but honestly, the site you choose to buy from doesn’t matter to me one bit; I’m equally grateful either way.) The PayPal method has a section for special instructions to the seller, so if you've inquired about signed copies or other requests, that's the way to do it, and I'm more than happy to comply.
The timing of the release happens to coincide nicely with next weekend’s Big Sur Half Marathon, so we made some arrangements with the race and with our local running shop to share a booth and sell our book at a 20% discount for race participants. We’re extending that same offer to everybody, so from now through November 13th, you can get the exact same discount without running a step. But if for some reason you happen to find yourself in Monterey next weekend, feel free to stop by the Conference Center and say hi. I’ll be the guy wearing the moccasins.
Running Life 11/4/10 “The Running Life Book”
It seems hard to believe that we’ve had this column for more than six years; you could say the time has sort of raced past us.
We hope to continue for many years to come – but in the meantime, we thought it was time to take a look back at all the roads and trails we’ve traveled thus far, and compile them into a collection we can share with everybody.
The result is The Running Life: Wisdom and Observations From a Lifetime of Running , our new book which was officially released this week. It's effectively a "greatest hits" collection of our writing over the course of six years, organized into sections that represent the topics we most frequently write about: the benefits of running, basic training guidelines, inspirational stories and motivational boosts, social commentary, and accounts of our running and racing adventures.
Click photo to go to book webpage
Our goals in starting this column back in 2004 were to promote the sport of running in Monterey County, be an informative resource for runners, and give non-runners a glimpse of what the running life is all about. The content of the book reflects this as well: whether you are an advanced runner, a novice, or even a non-athlete, we’re confident that you’ll find something in this collection that you’ll enjoy.
Much of our writing has a local focus, but the articles in the book have been revised to be applicable to anybody, anywhere. However, we haven’t lost our appreciation for the best of what’s around us – in fact, there’s a special 40-page section on the Big Sur Marathon and Half-Marathons featuring all our coverage of the events over the years, and training advice for runners who hope to complete those events someday.
It shouldn’t surprise you to hear that there’s a fair amount of silliness as well, as a healthy portion of our columns are only peripherally about running. Letters to Santa, Wizard of Oz metaphors, sexual activity of Olympians, Kenny Rogers lyrics … you’ll find it all in the book. There’s even an article that was deemed too scandalous to print in the Herald – and no, it’s not the sex one. You’ll just have to read and guess for yourself.
While publishing a book is a nice accomplishment for us, we recognize that it never would have happened without an enormous amount of support from multiple allies. Sports editors Dave Kellogg and Scott Forstner have been extremely supportive of our efforts – really now, how many newspapers even have a running column? – and the Monterey Peninsula running community has been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement for us. And obviously, our families deserve some kind of medal for putting up with our nonsense all these years, but that should go without saying.
The Running Life can be purchased directly from our website at www.montereyrunninglife.com . It is also available on Amazon.com in both and versions, as well as Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers. To celebrate the release, and in conjunction with next weekend’s Big Sur Half-Marathon, the book is being sold for 20% off the cover price (on website or in person only, not on Amazon.com) from now through race day on November 13th.
You can also look for us at the Big Sur Half-Marathon race expo next weekend, where we are sharing a booth with The Treadmill running store to sell the books in person. We look forward to meeting you there, hearing about your plans for race weekend, and sharing a few stories of our own.