Posts Categorized: Book Review

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

Book Review

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

Book Review

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 »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: The Ultimate Trail Runner’s Handbook

Trail Runner's Handbook

The Ultimate Trail Runner’s Handbook by Claire Maxted. Bloomsbury Sport, 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 have all fallen victim to coffee table envy – Emelie Forsberg’s book Sky Runner, Alexis and… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review – Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding

Virtual Challenge

Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding, by Daniel E. Lieberman. Pantheon Books, 2020. 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. How many of us are exercised (read: upset, agitated)… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: The Athlete’s Gut

The Athlete's Gut

The Athlete’s Gut: The Inside Science of Digestion, Nutrition, and Stomach Distress, by Patrick Wilson, PHD, RD. VeloPress, 2020. 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. What is more important to an athlete on race… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Both Feet on the Ground

Both Feet on the Ground: Reflections from the Outside, by Marshall Ulrich. DNA Books, 2019. 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. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Spirit Run

Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land, by Noe Alvarez. Catapult, 2020. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark exclusively for the American Trail Running Association. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Those for whom a few days… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Heart Rate Training

Heart Rate Training: Customize Your Training Based on Individual Training and Goals, 2nd edition, by Roy Benson and Declan Connolly. Human Kinetics, 2020. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark for the spring 2020 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where… Read more »