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SFRRC BOOK CLUB


As a way to challenge us intellectually and simply get us thinking new thoughts about the sport, we're debuting our book club for runners in 2019. Our plan is to have three different book reads per year (Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall). We'll read a mix of different ones... from this New York Times Best Seller to the new/popular inspirational books of guidance from professional runners, and more.

We are opening our book club gatherings to 20 club members. And we like to meet in bar/cafes or homes for our discussions. Please click the book below to learn more. Yes, you'll need to buy the book yourself. 

Our book club is being led by Aude Hofleitner (all-around awesome runner and Club Ambassador)

Book Club gathering #3: September 7th
Once a Runner: A Novel 

“Part training manual, part religious tract, part love story, and all about running, Once a Runner is so inspiring it could be banned as a performance-enhancing drug.”
—Benjamin Cheever, author of 
Strides

“By far the most accurate fictional portrayal of the world of the serious runner…a marvelous description of the way it really is.”
—Kenny Moore, 
Sports Illustrated

“The best piece of running fiction around. Beg, borrow, or buy a copy, and you’ll never need another motivator.”
—Dave Langlais, 
Runner’s World

"The best novel ever written about running."
Runner's World

The undisputed classic of running novels and one of the most beloved sports books ever published, Once a Runner tells the story of an athlete’s dreams amid the turmoil of the 60s and the Vietnam war.  Inspired by the author’s experience as a collegiate champion, the novel follows Quenton Cassidy, a competitive runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile. He is less than a second away when the turmoil of the Vietnam War era intrudes into the staid recesses of his school’s athletic department. After he becomes involved in an athletes’ protest, Cassidy is suspended from his track team. Under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, Bruce Denton, a graduate student and former Olympic gold medalist, Cassidy gives up his scholarship, his girlfriend, and possibly his future to withdraw to a monastic retreat in the countryside and begin training for the race of his life against the greatest miler in history.  A rare insider’s account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners, Once a Runner is an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one individual’s quest to become a champion.

   Book Club gathering #2: May 2019
The Happy Runner: Love the Process, Get Faster, Run Longer 

"The Happy Runner is the best running book you'll ever read because it's about so much more than just running: love, death, and above all, happiness."
--Clare Gallagher, Winner of the 2016 Leadville 100 Miler

In The Happy Runner, David and Megan Roche share their belief that consistency and joyful daily adventures are what lead to long-term health and happiness—and they’re going to help you learn exactly how become a happy runner.

Following the “some work, all play” approach, The Happy Runner introduces the three commandments of happy running and teaches you how to balance the effort of running with the simple joy of the activity:

• Learn how to run fast, run long, and stay healthy with proven training methods.

• Read real stories from professional and recreational athletes who have had personal breakthroughs as they learned to love the process of running.

• Understand how to adapt your running based on your personal lifestyle and goals as well as avoid setbacks from injury.

• Develop your self-belief and make positivity your default setting so you can reach your goals.

Whether you’re battling burnout, are returning after an injury, or are new to running and want to enjoy a 5K or an ultramarathon, the science-based training guidance in The Happy Runner will help you get faster, go longer, and live stronger—all with a smile.





   Our SFRRC Book Club Inauguration read gathering - February 2019 

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell
"Reveals how we can all surpass our perceived physical limits." — Adam Grant 

"One of the best running books ever." — Amby Burfoot

Limits are an illusion. The capacity to endure is the key trait that underlies great performance in virtually every field. But what if we all can go farther, push harder, and achieve more than we think we’re capable of?

Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the spirit of Malcolm Gladwell—who contributes the book’s foreword—award-winning journalist Alex Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests the seemingly physical barriers you encounter as set as much by your brain as by your body. This means the mind is the new frontier of endurance—and that the horizons of performance are much more elastic than we once thought.

But, of course, it’s not “all in your head.” For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores—pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel—he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and body by telling the riveting stories of men and women who’ve pushed their own limits in extraordinary ways.

The longtime “Sweat Science” columnist for Outside and Runner’s World, Hutchinson, a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist, was one of only two reporters granted access to Nike’s top-secret training project to break the two-hour marathon barrier, an extreme quest he traces throughout the book. But the lessons he draws from shadowing elite athletes and from traveling to high-tech labs around the world are surprisingly universal. Endurance, Hutchinson writes, is “the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop”—and we’re always capable of pushing a little farther.



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