Regular readers of this blog will know that I have been very excited recently about the release of Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human by Vybarr Cregan-Reid. It is a book about how running reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live. How it breaks down our increasingly structured and demanding lives. How running allows us to feel the world beneath our feet, lifts our spirits, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from the demands of the modern world.
dIt is, beyond doubt, a triumph of a book. Simply, one of the best books ever written about running. My review of will be published here shortly, but don’t just take my work for it: 12 reviews so far on Amazon. All ☆☆☆☆☆ reviews. All glowing.
I am now thrilled to have been given two copies of the book to give away to my lovely readers (plus one to keep myself).
There are two ways to win a copy of this must-read book.
- Follow this blog, follow @SimonIanCook on Twitter, and leave a comment on this post explaining where your favourite place to run is and why.
- Complete The Big Run Commuting Survey.
If you want to increase your chances of winning, feel free to do both. Winners will be selected at random on the 15th August 2016.
Keep an eye out for my review soon and I look forward to hearing people’s opinions about the book.
Best of luck!
It is with great joy that I can say that Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human by my good friend Vybarr Cregan-Reid has been published today.
This book shows how running is not just a sport. It reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live, breaking down our increasingly structured and demanding lives. It allows us to feel the world beneath our feet, lifts the spirit, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from the demands of the modern world.
I’ve been privileged to read this prior to publication and it is, simply, brilliant. Unlike any other running book out there and I urge you all to seek out a copy and read it over and over again.
I’ll be posting a review of it shortly so be sure to watch out for that if you aren’t convinced already.
A really interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today about the ending of a decade-long ride in running race finishers in the US. The article goes on to discuss the changing fitness habits and preferences of Millenials for this decline and what the future may hold for running events.
Millenials favour non-competitive events such as Colour Run. Image by Protoflux.
A very interesting article which is demonstrates the way fitness practices are changing. Young adults, according to the article, are very interested in health but prefer non-competitive fitness classes/events and new experiences rather than being identified with one particular activity.
Along with the rise of run-commuting, evidence like this offers intriguing insight into how the world of running may be changing … a great time to be studying it!
I’m delighted to announce the launch of The Big Run Commuting Survey.
I’ve teamed up with transport planner and friend Simon Le Good to develop this survey which will explore run commuting like never before. The Big Run Commuting Survey is one of the data collection stages for my PhD research and the blurb looks like this:
The Big Run Commuting Survey is the largest study ever conducted into run commuting – the act of running all/some of your journey to/from work. With an unprecedented scope, the survey aims to comprehensively understand the state of run commuting and its future. But we need your help to do it! We need current, former and future run commuters to share your thoughts with us. So a massive thank you for your participation and please do share the survey with any other run commuters you know!
So if you are, were or want to be a run commuter then please do fill in the survey and pass it on to anyone else you know.
I am likely to be promoting this pretty heavily for the next couple of months so apologies in advance!