Category Archives: Books and Movies

Book Review: How Bad Do You Want It?

“Endurance athletes, by definition, endure. They endure long hours of training, the privations of a monastic lifestyle, and all manner of aches and pains. But what endurance athletes must endure above all is not actual effort but perception of effort. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Today We Die a Little

“He was, for two decades in the mid-twentieth century, the most celebrated sportsman on earth. Even now, he remains exceptionally honoured, with his own statue (one of only four) outside the official Olympic museum in Lausanne. Runner’s World named him … Continue reading

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Confidence Game

It has been a fairly quiet few days up here at the family cottage, overlooking Sawyer’s Cove, halfway up the Maine Coast. I had intended to share this time with Joni, but in the end she couldn’t make the trip, … Continue reading

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No Brain, No Train(ing)

  More great news from the world of science, and by “great” I mean news to make runners feel better about themselves. Writing in the New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds summarizes recent research that links vigorous exercise to increased neurogenesis … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The Bunion Derby

Illustration: ¬†http://archive.itvs.org/footrace [This is an updated version of a post originally published March 4, 2008] On March 4th, 1928, 88 years ago today, 199 men — including some of the most accomplished runners and walkers of the era — set … Continue reading

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Book Review: Feet in the Clouds

“When you consider the demands that the sport makes on strength, stamina, speed, and nerve, together with the constant risk of catastrophic injury, it’s curious that fell-running has never shown signs of evolving into a multimillion-pound sport with a global … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Animal Keepers

In the spring of 1985, Donn Behnke was a social studies teacher at Stevens Point Area High School in Wisconsin, and already a very successful Track and Cross Country Coach at the high school level. In nine years of coaching, … Continue reading

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