Marathon: You Can Do It! - Jeff Galloway
When I started my training, I used the C25k app which was basically about getting couch potatoes up and running without hurting themselves. It was all about the run walk method, which was a great place to start. As training progressed, I kept up with a bit of run walking, mainly because it felt right and I was keen to avoid hurting myself if at all possible. So I did a lot of my training running for 8 minutes and walking for 2 minutes. My view was that at some point I'd dispense with the 2 minutes walking, but secretly, I was dreading it.
Then I discovered Jeff Galloway - phew! I think this is a great book for the beginner runner who has set their heart on completing the marathon distance, preferably without hurting themselves. You'll find much of what you need to know to get yourself around the course. The book convincingly explains both the how to and the why of the run walk method. It also covers running form, hydration, nutrition, mental preparation and race day planning.
It's really easy to read and there are plenty of references to other resources so that you can deepen your knowledge if you wish.
So far, Jeff, so good for me - thank you. I'm loving my running and you've shown me the way!
The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection - Brene Brown
Great to hear how our mistakes actually contribute positively to our kids' development, well-being and sense of place in the world . Brene summarises it like this "It's actually our ability to embrace imperfection that will help us teach our children to have the courage to be authentic, the compassion to love themselves and others, and the sense of connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life."
There's a bit more detail on this post and to hear more about it in her own words, I recommend watching both of Brene's short talks on TED.