Books about running really started to come out in the 70’s alongside shoes for running. Well, the first Nike came out in 1971 there were some running shoes from the 1950’s, but I’m not going to count them. Runner’s World came out in 1966, but meh 70’s instead of 60’s because it was less fringe after Nike and advertising. So recreational running has been around for a while.
I ran cross country in high school in the 90’s, but it was really just staying in shape for soccer. Since I’ve started running as a grown up, for the sake of running, I want to be ‘good’ at it. That is a definite relative term. I’m a bit of a nerd so this means research. I have read over a dozen books on running in the last 2 years, but “Born to Run” is one of my favorites. It takes the curiosity approach about the human animal and running.
Christopher journeys through science, somewhat, and other nations in the search of the answer to why his foot hurts. This book helped to spawn the minimal shoe movement and is the main reason that you see things like, heel drop 5mm. I think it was a great story whether or not you agree with the science behind the author’s science experiments. Mostly you get to hear about the Tarahumara Indians that can run without breaks for extended periods of time. Multiple day races without gels or anti-chafing ointment. I haven’t managed to find this type of zen running, but I loved the book. I’m getting ready to read it for a second time.
Secondary note, I would skip the nutrition information in the book. It is very limited and my attempts at the corn porridge were not something I would eat again unless I had to.