The Coolrunning Library
Posted 07 November 2003 - 05:04 PM
I thought it might be a good idea to have a library section on Cool Running, where people can review and recommend running books, so that new or interested runners have a central source of information. Those that are really keen may be able to offer them up for loan. Also, I think Amazon have a referral program, which may be able to generate a little bit of cash for Kev...
What do others think? Like the 5km challenge, the work behind this could be outsourced to a keen Cool Runner.
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Posted 07 November 2003 - 06:28 PM
I am a new runner and I am always happy to have good advice etc.
Running plans and training schedules etc are a great help too.
Posted 07 November 2003 - 07:56 PM
The only concern I would have is the additional workload on KT. But only he knows how it would affect him
Ian C :)
Posted 08 November 2003 - 01:03 PM
Not sure if more needs to be done. I'd set up a Poll to test CoolRunner interest in exchanging books and general interest in books as a source of running information.
The local library has been around for a while, and online resources are continuing to improve.
Posted 08 November 2003 - 01:51 PM
You are right, there is an afiliate program so that 10% or so of purchase price comes back to Coolrunning.
The Oztrack website already does this
Posted 19 July 2004 - 04:15 AM
I have had a wonderful time reading and contributing to Cool Running while on holidays. Jenny will be glad that I am off the computer and will now be pleased that I get out and go running. :D
As it ends I thought I could make a more useful contribution. Below is a selection of books that I have collected from new and second hand bookshops over the years and more recently through online methods.
Running and other Motivational Books
If any books interest you let me know and I might be able to tell you what they are about or help you located them.
I tried to put the table into this message, in the same way you do for the list of Cool Runners participating in bigger events, but I was unable to do so. I have put the table on a web page with a link.
If possible how can I put it in the message if that is appropriate?
Posted 20 July 2004 - 03:51 PM
This is an excellent book, both as a motivator and training guide, and I would recommend it as part of any good running library.
Details can be found here .
Posted 26 July 2004 - 03:32 PM
Posted 26 July 2004 - 04:15 PM
Posted 27 September 2004 - 04:06 AM
Magic meaning and myths
Those who ran before
Training for your marathon
Racing and pacing marathons
The halth of it
eating up the mile
Hot and cold running
Keeping the sport on course
Off to the races
I am no expert on modern training principles but there is a lot of good advice and ideas about running. I am sure there are a few things that have changed.
Recently, I note with interest, though not necessarily agreement, a bit of deconstruction of Lydiad's approaches - hence my next readings.
I am about to start either Lydiard's Biography or a Step Beyond (on ultra trainig) and at the moment I am reading a chapter of each alternatively. They are both great.
Any one else got some good readings and reviews.
Posted 06 October 2004 - 01:13 AM
I have finished the Lydiard book “Arthur Lydiard : Master Coach”. This is a good read which brings together all the decades of his coaching and the extent of how the approaches have been adopted and borrowed.
The influence is far reaching and it was interesting reading about the NZ successes with Bill Baillie, John Davies, Murray Halberg, Barry Magee and Peter Snell. Then there is his impact on other coaches and their runners such as Zola Budd, Pat C and thus Deek, Viren…. Bill Bowerman and racing and jogging in USA has obviously been influenced by a few of his ideas.
I was hoping for more information on training but I guess I have to keep trying to track down a copy of Running to the Top or Running with Lydiard. There is a definite tone of not being appreciated in New Zealand hence the trips to Finland, South America, Canada, USA etc.
I think it must be hard for him to see his ideas used so widely and not be directly involved with coaching the runners. It also must be difficult to be constantly challenged and criticized and still be confident the approaches he uses are the best – especially when it takes a while to build endurance then speed and the tailor pick a runners best event.
I have only heard of the runners referred to in the book as I was only just born during the Rome Olympics but I have a few friends who would really identify with the details of the late 50s and early 60s
Well I am going to hunt for the other books and start reading the ultra manual I wrote about earlier.
Posted 06 October 2004 - 03:37 AM
Posted 06 October 2004 - 04:38 AM
Okay Ray reveal your source for the Peter Snell Book :D He is on my list. I hope you have not emptied out Berkelouw's Book Barn.
It is interesting how runners also read books about adventurers, bush rangers, mountain climbers and explorers. All in the library.
Posted 06 October 2004 - 08:17 PM
Posted 09 October 2004 - 07:14 PM
Just came back from Bowral and called into Berkelouw's Book Barn. There is a copy of Deek there for $11 in the sports section on top of the shelves on display.
It is there for you Smiffy or Lucky Legs if you are interested.
Posted 17 October 2004 - 10:37 PM
There is a copy of Betty Cuthberts Golden Girl for under $20.
Sparkie I also got them to do a search for a few books and they have recently just sold a copy of Brian Lenton's book.
Posted 21 October 2004 - 11:56 PM
I feel like I am the only one who goes into bookshops. Well at least reports in about running books.
This one is for the locals in Hornsby.
Anyway I just spotted the Lore of Running by Tim Noakes for $15. I let it there for one of you.
I keep finding books that I already have and have often paid a lot for from overseas.
Anyway there are new owners at the "The Book Plate" 173 Pacific Highway Hornsby 2077 Phone: 94823454.
He seemed to know all the books I was after so that is encouraging for me to finally get some of the books I do not have. The shop is on the same side as the picture theatre opposite Hornsby Cycles.
I would not mind setting up a bit of a network of people interested in locating and getting books.
Posted 22 October 2004 - 12:53 PM
Posted 22 October 2004 - 01:05 AM
Step Beyond update.
I am glad it has arrived. I too have had to force myself to put it down so I can sleep. I am up to the philosophy of ultra running section. This is the sort of stuff I really love so I am savouring it. I especially like the way it links ultra running to religion
Wait till you read the section about the mother to be who is highly succesful ultra marathon runner who ran 62 miles and had the child - as expected the next day.
You will also recognise the post MR G put up about acute renal failure - and more. I guess the original post was put into the book
Posted 27 October 2004 - 04:45 AM
The book edited by Dan Allison is a long book which I could not put down. There are a number of really good sections
Training and Racing advice
Races and places
The book is 545 pages with this ISBN 0-9742311-2-6.
I read the book to see what is required to go to the next level. It can be read as a manual or inspiration and both.
I must admit I got it and read it first for inspiration with no real eye on an ultra. Now I feel a bit closer to a small ultra of 43 km!! I guess 50km might be a real posibility. I have a long way to go to come to terms with no sleep and a support crew.
I need something else to read. Any one got any ideas?
Posted 27 October 2004 - 03:32 PM
I guess 50km might be a real posibility.
Of course it is, Plu! Sunday, 10th April, 2005.....Canberra Marathon/Canberra 50km Ultra
Marathon. B) LL
Posted 20 November 2004 - 01:29 AM
I have seemed to have read the ultra runner books backwards - have already read Ron Grant, Cliff and Pat Farmer's books. Also I am now aware that there are a lot more ultra runners since I have been reading Cool Running.
I just wish a few of these guys would have their story told. As much as I like reading the American books I would rather read more Australian books.
Tony seems very tough mentally, obviously physically talented and vividly described some of the tough experiences. I particularly like the chapter on "It's not on Running". It provided a good description of the psychology and spirituality of running.
Posted 24 January 2005 - 10:02 PM
Both are excellent reads and worth a purchase or a read of in a Border's coffee shop ;)
Edit: Thanks Queen Bee
Posted 25 January 2005 - 05:51 PM
We borrowed it from the library and are waiting on a copy from Shearers in Leichhardt - you might be able to track a copy down in your locale if you're interested.
Posted 26 June 2005 - 05:53 AM
Tim I sat in a comfy chair while Jenny and the kids did their thing (while there I spotted soyboy) and read through sections of Chi Running.
There is a lot to be learnt from eastern philosophy.
Posted 26 June 2005 - 03:56 PM
Man I would not like to imagine life here in Kiama without Amazon.com. I guess I would have to simply stick to books like the Da Vinci Code.
I also had the benefit of being a member of Plu's Lending Library, which is great :)
Posted 27 June 2005 - 04:03 AM
Plu, I am very impressed and envious of your personal library.
Posted 22 August 2006 - 07:34 PM
Though not strictly running but the Heart of a Champion is now out. It tells the story of Greg Welch. For those who were running and doing triathlons in the 1980s will do doubt remember this plasterer from the Shire .
It is so new I cannot even fimd a link to it in the online books stores.
It has been added to my library. When I found it was available I went straight to Borders this arvo to get it.
Posted 23 August 2006 - 08:51 AM
Always on the look-out for a good read. Greg Welsh's story takes me back to the heady days of the Hawaii Ironman, where it featured all afternoon on Wild World of Sports, with Chapelli and Gibbo. It was rivetting stuff back then and such a shame it does not get the same TV coverage today (same can be applied to the Ididerod race). Inspired me to try a few triathalons, culminating in the Geelong Olympic distance course way back in 1991 (which was the Australian qualifiying event for the 1992 Olympics). I finished about 10th last, in about 3 hours-hardest thing I had even done...then.
Ah, the memories.
Posted 23 August 2006 - 09:42 AM
Is it feasible to make the library a bit more comprehensive, and include running (related) DVD's and videos too?
I've been tring to track down a DVD on Pilates for runners, but can't remeber where I saw it.
Only just noticed this thread started in 2003! no wonder I thought it was a good one!
Edited by Bristol City FC, 23 August 2006 - 09:48 AM.
Posted 05 September 2006 - 09:47 PM
I was working as a cameraman assistant at the 2000 Olympics. The day before the triathlon we were doing a story with Greg and Patrick Lindsay (the book's author) about the triathlon course. Not knowing about Greg's medical problems, I assumed he had retired. we were speaking about the aussies and I said to him, "I bet you wish you were competing tomorow?" He responded coldly "Yeah something like that". Little did I knowat the time, the pain he must have been feeling not being able to compete in his home town at the peak of his career.
I cringe when I think about it!
Posted 03 November 2006 - 11:50 AM
I came across this one in Borders Hornsby tonight. I left it for someone else who might have the problem
How good is denial.
I wonder if that picture is a "real". I am trying to understand why you would need to wear 2 watches.
Posted 03 November 2006 - 12:31 PM
He obviously isnt that obsessed otherwise he would have done his research or been reading CoolRunning to discover that you dont need a separate HR monitor and GPS, as the Garmin 305 does it all
Posted 03 November 2006 - 01:02 PM
I've run with 2 watches several times: a Garmin 305 and a High Gear Alti watch that tracks total elevation gain - it's based on barometric pressure as opposed to GPS and much more accurate than the 305 (as long as the weather is not changing). But being a fashion conscious nerd I wear them on different wrists.
Oh the shame
Edited by Twopennys, 03 November 2006 - 01:05 PM.
Posted 03 November 2006 - 01:13 PM
Thats it, no more hijacking from me
Posted 03 November 2006 - 01:25 PM
2P...2 watches? Me too! LL