Parker grew up in Oregon one of many admirers of the legendary Steve Prefontaine. In Running After Prefontaine, Parker traces his running life from his childhood home in Portland through adulthood. Whether literally running in Pre’s footsteps in Coos Bay, or recalling Prefontaine’s effort on a run through Portland’s Forest Park, Parker conveys an sense of how what we do makes us who we are.
This is the third book by the duo who run the Another Mother Runner blog. This book may be the perfect read for parents who are constantly interrupted because its 22 essays can be consumed individually. Edited by Denver-based McDowell and Portland-based Shea, who also contribute their own essays, moms (and dads) of all types will find themselves in the inspirational pages, whether they’re achieving “impossible” running goals or using running as therapy for some of the worst trials of life.
This novel follows a high school runner in her senior cross country season. She’s named captain and the coach expects her to be a leader on the team that must take on a powerhouse private school. She’s driven nuts by the role and her teammates, and the captain of the boy’s’ team, who’s being pursued by another girl on the team. At once humorous and inspirational, Finishing Kick should appeal to readers young and young at heart. A portion of proceeds are donated to local cross-country programs.
Nearly 40 years after the cult classic Once A Runner came out, John L. Parker gives the story a whole new start. His new book “ Racing The Rain” comes out in July and we see Quenton Cassidy’s first glimmer of greatness. Cassidy is a skinny, mouthy kid with aspirations to be a great athlete. With the help of a well-known eccentric named Trapper Nelson who “lives off the land,” Cassidy learns to see running as a way of interacting with the natural world. Cassidy’s loyalty to his mentor is tested when Nelson is embroiled in the disappearance of a prominent couple. And it happens just when Cassidy has a chance to make his mark as a gifted runner. If you liked the way Parker captured the endurance, determination and mindset of elite training, you’ll appreciate Racing The Rain.
One year after her astonishing victory at the Badwater Ultramarathon, Pam Reed of Tucson, Arizona, made distance running history when she braved the hottest weather in years—135 degrees—to successfully defend her title. In The Extra Mile we watch this ultramarathon champion seek balance in her life as a wife, mother, athlete, and entrepreneur. With astonishing candor she tells of her 15-year-long battle with anorexia. And she helps us to understand her passion for ultrarunning—to discover how far the human body can be pushed.
Travis Macy shares the “Ultra Mindset” that helped him summit glacial peaks, rappel into vast limestone caves, run through deserts and win the Leadman ultra-distance race. The Mindset is a set of principles for daily life that seem simple: embrace fear, rewrite stories we tell ourselves, and master the art of seeking help, among others. But by learning to apply them, Macy demonstrates who to succeed in business, sports and life when it seems impossible.