12 days of sporty gifts: Day 5 — Feed the mind

The body isn’t the only thing in need of a workout.  Get the brain going with these book ideas for the sporty (and nerdy) person on your gift list.

 

 

 Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen– Christopher MacDougall

Yes, this is the book about barefoot running, but at it’s core it’s about the love for and love of running.  Great choice for runners of all levels.

Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks and Adventures — Editors of Runner’s World and David Willey

30 stories about runners that will capture your interest and inspire a love for the sport and those who do it.

The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete — Matt Long and Charles Butler

Matt Long, a New York City Firefighter who was struck by a bus while biking to work a few days before Christmas in 2005.  Much to everyone’s disbelief, he was able to comeback after dozens of surgeries and months of recovery to run in the NYC Marathon three short years later.  This is his story.

Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster and Easier — Terry Laughlin and John Delves

Don’t think you can learn swimming technique from a book?  You can. And this one shows you how.  (Trust me…I made it through 2 triathlons thanks to this book)

The Grace to Race: The Wisdom and Inspiration of the 80 Year Old World Champion TriAthlete Known as the Iron Nun — Sister Madonna Buder

80 years old.  340 triathlons.  One badass nickname: priceless.

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