Do you have a favorite running book or movie? Were you inspired by Spirit of the Marathon or the old school Chariots of Fire? Is there a running book you turn to again and again for advice or just to inspire you to get out there? For today’s Tuesdays on the Run, April, Patty, and I would like to hear about your favorite running books and movies.
I’m not really a movie kind of girl. I very seldom watch a movie unless it involves the local draft house where my kids can watch a kid appropriate movie and I can drink a beer. (Don’t knock it until you try it…) I did watch Spirit of the Marathon (affiliate link) back before one of my earlier marathons and enjoyed it, but I barely remember it.
Back when I got RRCA certified, I bought a ton of “coaching” books to read. Most of them are still sitting, unread. I did read and really enjoy Matt Long’s book, The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete and Kristin Armstrong’s Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run(affiliate links). I also read Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen and ended up switching to minimalist shoes for a while. But I haven’t read any new running specific books recently, so I’m sharing a slightly different book with you today.
What You Can When You Can: Healthy Living on Your Terms (affiliate link) by Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone is about healthy living and movement, not running specifically. (In fact, if you know Carla at all, you know she does not run unless chased LOL.)
When I was coaching, one of the things I used to say to my clients is “even the small steps move you down the road”. What I meant was that every time you make a healthy choice, even a small one, you are moving in the right direction. WYCWYC takes that idea and expands on it. WYCWYC is all about living healthy in a way that works for your life.
Things I love about WYCWYC:
- The book is written in short, easy to read, but useful chapters. You can totally read it “when you can” and still get a lot out of it.
- This is not an all or nothing book. There is no guilt assigned to a day or moment when you “can’t”. If you want to eat the cookie, eat the cookie and enjoy it.
- WYCWYC offers concrete suggestions about how to seize the moment and add a little healthy to your life.
- WYCWYC is about living healthier. It’s not about making drastic changes or completely revamping our eating habits. It’s not about trying to be better each day. It’s about making small healthy choices each day and celebrating those choices.
What You Can When You Can does not hold some big secret to a healthier life. Instead, it breaks it down and makes adding healthy to YOUR life manageable. It’s a great little read and while many of the suggestions I’d heard before, it’s a great reminder to actually implement those ideas.
Guess which idea I implemented last night? I chose to make sleep a priority and that’s why this post did not go live until this morning. I don’t regret it.
Do you incorporate #wycwyc into your life? (You probably do, even if you didn’t know the term.)
Disclaimer: I bought my own copy of this book and all opinions are my own. I consider Carla a friend and am inspired daily by her. This post contains affiliate links.