Thursday, March 25, 2010

RRT 75 - irun iread book club

Joe Garland and Toni Harvey spoke with Canadians Grant and Vicky, who have created the "irun iread" book club for iRun magazine's website. We started with a discussion about barefoot running and Chris McDougall's book, Born to Run. Joe's review of it is here, and McDougall's RRT appearance, episode 43, is here. (Was Joe too harsh? The interview to which he referred is on Pete Magill's site.) Joe mentioned a five-part Science of Sport series on barefoot running: parts one, two, three, four, and five. There was some discussion about why women make better ultra-marathoners. Decon Patrick Jones ( shared his barefoot/minimalist running experience as it relates to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). And Joe made a reference to a recent study on exercise and weight, and to this article from the Daily Beast.

In the chatroom we had Adam (Confessions of a Medical Scholar blog), Craig McFarlane, Mark U's (Run In America blog) and 9 guests.

Here are some other running-related books we mentioned:
Running for my Life - Ray Zahab, Terry Fox: His Story - Leslie Scrivener, Pre- Tom Jordan, George Sheehan (many!), Once A Runner John L. Parker Jr., The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - Alan Sillitoe, Lore of Running - Timothy Noakes, Flanagan's Run - Tom McNab, What I Talk about When I Talk about Running - Haruki Murakami and The Perfect Mile- Neal Bascomb.

On his blog, Joe reviewed Charlie Spedding's "From Last to First" as well as Renee Chambliss's "Dreaming of Deliverance" and Jamie Freveletti's "Running from the Devil," both novels about women who find running long distances rather, well, useful. Renne will be the subject of next week's RRT program.

Many of these can be found at, and Mark U alsos recommends his list at