"It's a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do." - Allan Sillitoe

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Running for the Hansons - book review

I recently purchased the book "Running for the Hansons" by Sage Canaday. Canaday is a member of the Hansons Brooks Distance Project and his book is an account of the day to day existence of a runner on the team.

It is nowhere near as glamorous as you might expect as members of the team are required to work in the Hansons Running Stores as part of the deal. They don't work full time but when you add it to the high mileage program that that these guys run, you can see how it could become a real grind and why there is a relatively high attrition rate.

It is a self published book and contains stuff that probably would have been cut if professionally published but I think this adds to the honesty of the account.

This is the start of the chapter "An Easy Day - September 8th, 2009":

"I almost shit myself today. Every runner knows the feeling of the in and out. It's like a turtle popping his head in and out from his shell ... except the shell is your ass"!

No details are spared, with accounts of workouts, races, the daily and weekly regime and the team and team environment.

It was after reading this book that I decided to go with a higher mileage program this time around and include double days. I felt like I had gotten an insight into what it is like to get it done every day and callous yourself against the fatigue and workload.

The picture above gives details of where you can purchase the book - either through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Running-Hansons-Insiders-Brooks-Sponsored-Marathon/dp/0983294119/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317300039&sr=8-1

or at Sage Canaday's own website:


Here are a few videos which also provide an insight into the life of Hansons runner and what is in the book.


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