As I was planning the gifts for family and friends I realized that I ought to give a gift to a lucky reader of this blog.
I love reading. I also love food. And running. Therefore, I have put together some of my favorite books that I read this summer and will be offering a reader a book of their choice. These books aren't books to take you away to a dreamland. They aren't quick reads. But they will help you improve in one area of your life, or at least give you something to ponder if you are considering a change.
Option One (For the Runner): Hanson Marathon Method
This is the training plan I love and firmly believe in. Tom and I both lived by this book this summer and fall as we trained for our own marathons. Neither of us bonked when we got to miles 18-22 of our races. It works. If you plan to run a marathon I seriously urge you to try this plan. It's a lot of hard work (what marathon plan isn't?), but it pays off on race day.
Not only does this book give you a plan, but it gives you specific splits to aim for during every workout depending on what your goal time is. It goes into details regarding the reason why their plan works, talks about nutrition and stretching, and does a great job getting the runner prepared for race day.
I already loved Michael Pollan when I picked up Cooked. This book made me reconsider how our society prepares meals. Humans have cooked for thousands of years, but now we're cooking less and less.
This book takes a look at four ways to prepare food: with fire, with liquid, by baking bread, and through fermentation. I am a fan of Michael Pollan's writing: every section has a different focus and describes his personal experience with that topic. As a Science teacher, I love how he incorporates the Science behind the cooking and how it affects the outcome and us.
This book has made me re-think the word BBQ. I now take extra time when cooking onions on the stove. Since reading the book in July I have switched to fresh, bakery bread (I hate to think about eating the gummy bread that is sold in stores and he explains why that might be). And I now look at pickles and cheese with a little more understanding about how they arrived at their current state.
Just like with Pollan's book, I love the information that Brazier provides the reader. He goes in depth about what specific foods do to our body. Ideally we want to have an alkaline body, but most of the foods in the typical American diet make our bodies, acidic. Acidic bodies take a longer time to recover. This book is filled with recipes and a meal plan for athletes. Even if you don't want to become a full-on vegan, this is still a terrific resource to help you fuel yourself better, thus recover easier and be able to perform better during every workout. Heck - you don't even need to be an athlete to get the benefits from this book.
To Enter: Leave a comment below that tells me which book you would want to receive if you win.
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A winner will be chosen on December 18th by a random number generator. All entries are due by December 17th at 11:59pm