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To The Finish Line (Review + Giveaway + Final Running Coaches Corner)

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.

To the Finish Line Chrissie Wellington Review and Giveaway. @suzlyfe

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”). 

I could have used some of her wisdom when I was still running!

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. 

To the Finish Line Chrissie Wellington Review and Giveaway. @suzlyfe

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.

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This is my finish line co-hosting Running Coaches Corner. I’ll still be around, just not as much!

Join the link up and Running Coaches Corner for more great running advice and content!

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I am linking up with myself, RachelLora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPattyErika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, NicoleAnnmarieMichelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday.

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  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    I’ve really been wanting to read this! I’ve so enjoyed participating in the coaches corner-you will be missed!

    October 25, 2017 at 6:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so glad that you continue to join RCC! Thank you Deborah!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I love reading books such as this. It is such great motivation and it make me want to go out and go for a run!

    October 25, 2017 at 6:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She is a great motivator, storyteller, and educator!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    This looks like such a great book!

    October 25, 2017 at 6:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is fantastic!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply jen

    I definitely have a recent “turd” that needs to be wiped away

    October 25, 2017 at 6:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you already have 😀

      November 9, 2017 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Hungry Runner

    Sounds like there’s so much knowledge packed into a great book here! I love reading about running and other sports through the perspective of elite athletes 🙂

    October 25, 2017 at 6:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I love it when they are REAL

      November 9, 2017 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I really enjoyed her memoir – she is a gifted writer as well as athlete! This is definitely on my list to read.

    October 25, 2017 at 7:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You’d like it a lot–she writes in a style that is informative without you ever realizing!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    I read her other book (Life Without Limits) and it was GREAT. Very excited to learn she has a new one! Currently training for a February marathon- fingers crossed that I will make it to the starting line as I have had a lot of injuries over the past several years.

    October 25, 2017 at 8:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I need to read that. Now that I’ve read this, I already know that I love her! Best of luck with training. As someone who breaks easily, I hear you on the injury cycle.

      November 9, 2017 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    I love books on running. They’re always so inspiring, and it’s so wonderful to glean from the knowledge of those who know so much about running.

    October 25, 2017 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So much of my marathon training has prepared me for the rest of life!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply lindsey @ livinglovingrunner

    Looks like a great book! I can ALWAYS use more tips and tricks 🙂

    October 25, 2017 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Sandra D Laflamme

    My next finish line is the Seacoast Half in November. I want to up my game for spring training. Would love to read this book. Loved her first one!

    October 25, 2017 at 9:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She is epic. You would love this!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I read another one by her and really like her! My next finish line… the Richmond marathon in 2.5 weeks!

    October 25, 2017 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Sarah N

    I have a marathon in November then I take about a month to recover and rest before starting my next training cycle. I’d like to focus more on nutrition and recovery in my next training cycle.

    October 25, 2017 at 11:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good girl for taking that time! You are so smart to do that!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    I’m hoping to get some good base mileage under my belt over this winter to stay injury free

    October 25, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Great idea! Focus on those steady easy miles

      November 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Jennifer (Fit Nana)

    Endurance athletes are such strange animals! And we always hunger for more – more miles, more time, more information, more knowledge! I NEED this book! (buying it regardless.) 🙂

    October 25, 2017 at 5:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m hungry for more cookies. Or that is Yoshi ;D

      November 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Lisa - Mile by Mile

    Sounds like a great book! I don’t have a next race goal, just to stay injury free and continue running!

    October 25, 2017 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply Nicole from Fitful Focus

    Sounds like a great read!

    October 25, 2017 at 6:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s fantastic!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Debbie

    I’d love to read this book! I’m running up a mountain this weekend, gimpy knee and all, because I know my hubby will be there announcing my name when I cross the finish line (plus it’s our anniversary race, so I’m stuck). We’ll miss you around the Coaches’ Corner!

    October 25, 2017 at 7:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ll miss you all! But I’ll still be around!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Krista

    Would love to read this! I’m really looking to improve my form while getting faster

    October 25, 2017 at 7:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      have you ever had a form analysis done?

      November 9, 2017 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Sounds like a great book! I love good advice given in a cheeky/entertaining style.

    October 26, 2017 at 6:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      you know that I do!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Jill - RunEatSnap

    I want to read this! I am going to put it on my list in case I don’t win the giveaway 🙂

    October 26, 2017 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She is a great writer–you will love it!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I NEED this book! Entering!

    October 26, 2017 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Jen

    Looks like a great book! My running plan is to add in more beach runs for the cardio challenge this winter.

    October 26, 2017 at 9:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And serious strength training!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    I’m not currently signed up for a race (just had surgery) but my mental finish line is getting through graduate school!

    October 26, 2017 at 10:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Best of luck with recovery!

      November 9, 2017 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Jess

    Sounds like something I would totally read. I plan on reading, researching and learning all I can during the month of Dec/Jan as we expect baby to arrive. Since I’m not running as much I’ve been reading more and signing up for 2018 races. It’s been helping me mentally get through this pregnancy.

    October 26, 2017 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    I just want my endurance back! I’m always interested in reading about endurance athletes. I’ve heard this is a good one.

    October 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She is awesome. You would love her style.

      November 9, 2017 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Nikki Nikki

    Only goal is to not have a fracture this year

    October 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Carla Cox

    My goal is to start running again. I really miss it and it’ hard for me to start back.

    October 29, 2017 at 5:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What happened, Carla?

      November 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm
      • Reply Carla Cox

        I gained a bunch of weight 🙁

        November 9, 2017 at 3:57 pm
        • Reply suzlyfe

          Hey, it happens to the best of us!

          November 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Madhuri

    I’ve started reading now about running to better understand the sports. Would love to check it out!

    October 29, 2017 at 10:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You would love this! There are some other great books out there I could recommend as well!

      November 9, 2017 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Eileen Boyce

    Sounds like a great book!

    November 1, 2017 at 8:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love her outlook!

      November 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm

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