Cameron Stracher's Kings of the Road (New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) details the rise of the first running boom by following Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, and Alberto Salazar during their ascension. As a runner and history buff, this was a great read, with so many details I had never heard before. Interestingly, even though these men all ran as individuals, they still pushed and aided each other for the good of the sport. As we are now in the middle of the second running boom, I don't see quite the same camaraderie among the running elite. At one point, a group of both men and women trained together in Mammoth Lakes, CA, but it seems like they have mostly gone their separate ways. I wonder if a group of the top guns coalesced into a cohesive, supportive group, we would have more success at the top end of distance running.
Nothing like a good pair of socks to make a good run even better. I'm a big fan of socks, because of their high quality and the fact that they make their products in Vermont (an unconditional lifetime guarantee is nice as well). New this spring is the Light Cushion Run/Bike sock, which is half the wool yarn weight of the company’s Cushion socks. I like that Darn Tough gives a generous amount of sock above the foot -- as a dedicated trail runner, higher socks can be the difference between a comfortable run and scratches on the ankles or gravel in the socks.
Disclaimer: These items were sent to me for review purposes, free of charge. All opinions are my own.
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