I’m giving away free running books!

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A flurry of running books has landed on my desk. Some look really cool. I want you to have them.

Let me know which book you’d like and post below, telling me why you need it. The best answers win.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • “Build Your Running Body: A Total-Body Fitness Plan for All Distance Runners, From Milers to Ultramarathoners,” by Pete Magill, Thomas Schwartz and Melissa Breyer. It’s packed with exercises, training plans, photos, charts, recipes and interviews with runners, scientists and coaches.
  • “The Runner’s Bucket List: 200 Races to Run Before You Die,” by Denise Malan. Looking for a destination race? This book tells you where to go to race with your dog, without clothing, in the dead of night, in the snow and ice and everything else you can imagine.
  • “Trail Running,” by Jeff Galloway. The guru of the run-walk-run method turns his attention to trail running in another book about how to run injury free.
  • “Older Faster Stronger: What Women Runners Can Teach Us All About Living Younger, Longer,” by Margaret Webb. Who says only young whippersnappers can run? You can start running after the age of 50.
  • “1:59 The Sub-Tow-Hour Marathon is Within Reach – Here’s How it Will Go Down, and What It Can Teach All Runners About Training and Racing,” by Dr. Philip Maffetone with Bill Katovsky. The current record is 2:03:23. Need I say more?
  • “The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances,” by The Oatmeal, the same cartoonist who brought you “How to Tell if your Cat is Plotting to Kill You.” It is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

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