Throughout my weeks of Running Coaches Corner, I have tried to give you all a comprehensive guide to the sport of running and training for your best race. What I should have done is simply waited and told you all to go and read To the Finish Line by Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington. Join me for this final week of Running Coaches Corner and enter to win a copy of the book yourself!
To the Finish Line by Chrissie Wellington Review
Whether you are a runner or triathlete, To the Finish Line provides one of the best written guides to endurance sports that I have yet come across. It is relateable, applicable, and highly effective–whether you are a triathlete or runner, you compete, or you just want to get more from your training.
The books encompasses the full scope of the endurance athlete’s pursuit: from psychology and how to hone your mind for a winning race to dealing with the inevitable let down of a bummer race (“Turning Turds to Triumphs”). Chrissie discusses how to choose the races that comprise your racing calendar (from A to B to C races) to how to navigate the off season and even how to stay active during pregnancy (which she calls “Tri-natal”).
Interpersed throughout the book are Q&A sections with her coach and other friends and triathlon stars, but I love Chrissie’s writing style the most–she writes her book the way that I would, would lots of cheek and straightforward as well as metaphorical anecdotes.
Even if the book wasn’t filled to the brim with great information, I would read simply because she is such a great writer, and someone who knows the endurance athlete’s mind so well. She may have won the Ironman World Championships 4 times… but she shows that, at her heart, we all have the same passion and pursuit, and she makes greatness feel relatable.
Now, this IS a triathlon book, but I think that the lessons she teaches are highly applicable to any endurance athlete, and yes, to those of us who focus on running. In fact, runners could simply understand it as the ultimmate guide to cross training!
Chrissie provides tons of tips and tricks–Allie has already explored some of them in her own training–and I am looking forward to putting her techniques and thought processes into effect with my own training as well as my running clients!
To the Finish Line Giveaway
Take your training to the next level whether you are looking forward to a new training cycle, simply strategizing your daily work, or looking to get into triathlon by winning a copy of Chrissie’s book! US only, contest ends next Wednesday 11/1 at midnight.
This is my finish line co-hosting Running Coaches Corner. I’ll still be around, just not as much!
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