Posts Categorized: Book Review

Trail Runner’s Book Review – Colorado Alpine Trail Runs

Colorado Alpine Trail Runs, by Annalise Grueter. Colorado Mountain Club Press, 2022. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. The operational consideration for this guidebook is the phrase, “trail runs.” The 45 scenic adventures described,… Read more »

Book Review – Oregon Running Legend Steve Prefontaine

Oregon Running Legend Steve Prefontaine, by Paul C. Clerici. The History Press, 2022. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I… Read more »

Book Review – What Running Across Mountains Taught Me About Life

SOLO: What Running Across Mountains Taught Me About Life, by Jenny Tough. Aster, 2022. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian.. You have to be really tough to imagine the page-turning adventure that Jenny Tough… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Running and Returning

Honey Stinger Emerald Mountain Epic Trail Runner

Running and Returning: Seeking Balance in an Imperfect World, by Vicki Ash Hunter, PhD. CG Sports Publishing, 2022. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. It is often observed that runners tend to be addictive,… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Pliability for Runners

Challenge

Pliability for Runners: The Breakthrough Method to Stay Injury-Free, Get Stronger, and Run Faster, by Joseph McConkey, MS. Hatherleigh Press, 2022. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. If you are like me, you turn… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Naked at the Knife-Edge

Naked at the Knife-Edge

Naked at the Knife-Edge: What Everest Taught Me about Leadership and the Power of Vulnerability, written by Vivian James Rigney. Forefront Books, 2022. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. “It’s not the mountain we… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: GO FAR

GO FAR: How Endurance Sports Help You Win at Life, written by Jennifer Strong McConachie, Hatherleigh Press, 2021. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Notice that the above title, GO FAR, is all in… Read more »

Book Review – Trail Running Illustrated: The Art of Running Free

Doug Mayer

Trail Running Illustrated: The Art of Running Free, written by Doug Mayer and Brian Metzler, Mountaineers Books, 2021. Illustrated by Schreiber Marion. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. You’re off to Great Places, Today… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Yoga for Runners

Yoga for Runners, written by Christine Felstead. Second Edition, Human Kinetics, 2022. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. I must admit I approached this review with some trepidation. In fact, I tried to hand… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review – Runner’s High by Josiah Hesse

Runner's High

Runner’s High: How a Movement of Cannabis-Fueled Athletes is Changing the Science of Sports, by Josiah Hesse. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2021. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. From the moment I picked up Josiah… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Hillary Allen’s Out and Back

Hillary Allen

Out and Back: A Runner’s Story of Survival Against All Odds, by Hillary Allen. Blue-Star Press, 2021. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Photo above: Richard Bolt. Hillary Allen’s dramatic rescue from what should… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Daniels’ Running Formula

Daniels’ Running Formula, 4th edition, by Jack Daniels, PhD. Human Kinetics, 2022. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Above photo: Peter Maksimow. The name Jack Daniels is known throughout the world, but for runners,… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Stronger Than the Dark

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Stronger Than the Dark: Exploring the Intimate Relationship Between Running and Depression, by Cory Reese. 2021. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Photo: Evan Williams. In his Ultrarunning magazine monthly column byline, Cory Reese… Read more »

Book Review – Mental Training for Ultrarunning: Your Psychological Skills Guidebook for Ultra Success

Mental Training for Ultrarunning: Your Psychological Skills Guidebook for Ultra Success, by Addie Bracy. Human Kinetics, 2022. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. “Any idiot can run a marathon. It takes a special kind… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: 500 Races, Routes and Adventures

500 Races

500 Races Routes and Adventures: A Runner’s Bucket List, by John Brewer. Published by Universe, 2021. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Even with all the heft, tactile feel and drool-worthy photography requisite of… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Stories from the Age of COVID

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Stories from the Age of COVID, compiled and edited by Glenn Steckler & Larry Steckler. 2021. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. We all have our personal COVID accounts detailing how we strove to… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: A Runner’s High by Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes

A Runner’s High: My Life in Motion, by Dean Karnazes. HarperCollins, 2021. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Known as the Ultramarathon Man, with a book of the same title, Dean Karnazes presents himself… Read more »