New Year's Resolution season is swiftly approaching, and I have visions of lettuce leaves and tennis shoes dancing in my head. More often than not, I vow that THIS will be the year that I'll get myself in shape to run a half marathon. So far that hasn't happened, but I have, at least, come across a couple of fantastic books about people's running adventures that have inspired me to keep on trying...even if I wouldn't want to run under the same conditions that some of these athletes faced!
The Coolest Race on Earth: Mud, Madmen, Glaciers, and Grannies at the Antarctica Marathon is a story of endurance (and, perhaps, a little bit of lunacy). The athletes in this race come to run in the most desolate place in the world, with some of the most difficult conditions. Their stories are humorous and inspiring, and they're interwoven with tidbits about Antarctica and marathon history. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen is another book of running adventures, this time focusing on a journalist who sets out to become a great runner. He goes to Mexico to train with a tribe of reclusive Indians, the Tarahumara, who are considered the world's greatest long distance runners. Both books contain a cast of colorful characters that will stick with you, even after their stories end.