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Books to get you out hitting the pavement

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A few thousand people just ran the initial CRANDIC marathon, half-marathon, and 5k last month. The full route started at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, and ended at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Runners followed the route of the historic CRANDIC train line, taking in some beautiful scenery along with a good chunk of hills. Halfers began in North Liberty and joined up on the North Ridge trail, and 5kers started at Northwest Junior High in Coralville.

Running can be a great way to get outdoors, clear your mind, build your fitness, and meet some really nice people. If you’ve been thinking about taking those first steps, or you’re looking for some ways to improve, here are some recently published books that might be of interest to you.

For advice on running and training, look for books like “Run Forever: Your Complete Guide to Healthy Lifetime Running” by Amby Burfoot; “Your Best Stride: How to Optimize Your Natural Running Form to Run Easier, Farther and Faster” by Jonathan Beverly; and “Runner’s World Train Smart, Run Forever” by Bill Pierce.

In addition to improved cardiovascular and overall fitness, running has psychological benefits. Read about this in “Running is My Therapy: Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Fight Depression, Ditch Bad Habits, and Live Happier” by Scott Douglas; “Mindful Running” by Mackenzie Havey; and “Running With Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy to Improve Low-Mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression” by William Pullen.

You can’t run without food. There are plenty of books that will help you make nutritious decisions while still having delicious food. Some newer books include “The No-Meat Athlete Cookbook” by Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine, “Run Fast, Eat Slow” by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky, and “The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook: More than 100 Delicious Recipes for Active Living” by Anita Bean.

Finally, if you want a little inspiration on how running has helped people and changed lives, check out these titles: “Running With Raven: the Amazing Story of One Man, His Passion, and the Community He Inspired” by Laura Huttenbach; “North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail” by Scott Jurek.

Runners, take your marks!

l Candice Smith is a librarian at the Iowa City Public Library.

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