If you're looking out the window and seeing, as I am, trees covered with snow and temperatures in single digits, there's nothing like curling up with a good book. Even if you're fortunate to live in a tropical paradise, where road salt is replaced by the salt of a margarita, a book is a perfect companion on a February day.
I've nearly exhausted my book inventory for the winter. My most recent read, The Last Stand, by Matthew Philbrick, is a fine book about the ill-fated mission of General Custer.
Now, I'm not very good at math, but my publisher, Lulu, www.lulu.com, has a great sale going on for the next two days: 28% (double Valentine's Day) off all print books.
The cool thing about having written two books about running is that they are two contrasting works.
My first book, Running Shorts: A Collection of Stories and Advice for Anyone Who Has Ever Laced Up a Pair of Running Shoes, published in 2011, is a compilation of my experiences as competitive runner for 39 years, but many of these tales reflect experiences YOU have had during your years as a runner. As one of the Amazon reviewers stated, "It will make you laugh and it will make you cry."
Traveling the country, promoting my first book, prompted me to write, Personal Best, my second book, published in September 2014.
Runners told me what they wanted in a running book, and I tried to respond by writing a book that is instructive to runners of all ages and abilities.
Personal Best took a tragic turn in April 2013, soon after I crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon. I devoted my first chapter, entitled "Was That Thunder," to the events, and my experiences of that day. I guarantee you, it is worth the read, and it is my fervent hope that I was able to capture the emotions of that fateful day in a manner in which every runner can relate.
If you would like read an electronic version of Personal Best, it is available for only $2.99 at Amazon, Lulu, iBooks, Nook, and Kobo.
You can visit my website: www,muldowneyrunning.com, and I will personally sign and send a book to you. You can go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or take advantage of the sale at Lulu, to purchase running books that will positively influence your future running efforts.
And, it doesn't end there!
Read the books and stay in touch. email me here, look me up on Facebook at: Joe Muldowney Running, or on Twitter at: rdrunnr00. Tell me about your running, ask me questions, discuss training or injury issues.
I love this sport, and I love runners.
Let's get to the finish line together.