Sunday, April 12, 2009

4 Feet Running Book Club

Hi, everyone! If you've heard podcast ep. 56, you know we got a huge box full of running books from one of our amazing listeners, Sweet Daddy D. We want to share these books with everybody, so today we're starting the 4 Feet Running Book Club! It's easy to join and should be lots of fun.

Here's how it works:

1. We will plow through the books one at a time.

2. When we're done with a book, we'll make it available to you. We'll let you know a book is up for grabs by posting a new discussion topic on our Facebook group with the book title, we'll post a tweet (follow @blackfonzie and @painternik), we'll post a note on the 4 Feet Running website (, and we'll mention it on the podcast, all simultaneously.

3. After we make a book available, the first person who emails us at, and says they want the book, gets the book. Send us an address where we can mail it to you, and it's yours free. We'll ship it anywhere on the planet.

4. Once you get the book and you're finished with it, you have to promise to pass it along to other people. If you have a blog or podcast, let your readers and listeners know you've got a book to give away. Use this group and post a new discussion topic when you're ready to give your book away, if you like. Once you have one of these books, it's up to you to give it away!

Seems simple enough, right? We'll let you know a book is up for grabs, you tell us you want it, and you have to give it away when you're finished.

We'll give you the whole list of everything we have so far, just so you can see what kind of stuff we have, to pique your interest. Please don't use the list to request something -- we're going to read them randomly and give them away when we're done, first-come, first-served.

Oh, and if YOU have books you want to give away, feel free to post a new discussion topic on the Facebook group with the book title and let people know you have something to give away.

So remember: listen to our podcast, follow us on Twitter, read the blog, and check back here every so often so you'll know when a new book is available. Happy running & happy reading!

- Nik and Dan


Some other fine-print details: (a) Don't return books to us -- send them along yourself when you're done. There's a slight cost there, but sending books by Media Mail is a little cheaper. (b) Don't worry about giving us a mailing address. We're too busy and uninterested to steal or sell your information, and that'd be a terrible thing to do anyway. So don't do that to us, either. (c) It's first-come, first-served, but if the same people keep hogging the books every time we'll pick someone else. (d) Again, please don't ask us for books ahead of time. We don't want to promise them to anyone. We're trying to keep it nice & fair.


OK. Ready for the list of books we have available? In NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

- “Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon” by Neal Jamison

- “Staying the Course: A Runner’s Toughest Race” by Dick Beardsley and Maureen Anderson

- “Did I Win?: A Farewell to George Sheehan” by Joe Henderson

- “I Run, Therefore I Am -- Nuts!” by Bob Schwartz

- “First Marathons: Personal Encounters With the 26.2-Mile Monster” by Gail Waesche Kislevitz

- “Go East Old Man: Adventures of a Runner in his 70s Traveling 22 Western States” by Paul Reese with Joe Henderson

- “God on the Starting Line: The Triumph of a Catholic School Running Team and its Jewish Coach” by Marc Bloom

- “Marathon & Beyond” issue July/August 2003

- “Marathon Man” by Charles Robbins

- “Pre: The Story of America’s Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine” by Tom Jordan

- “Our Life on the Run: A story of Running 50 Marathons in 50 States” by Marlin Keesler

- “No Finish Line: My Life As I See It” by Marla Runyan

- “The Extra Mile: One Woman’s Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness” by Pam Reed

- “The Four-Minute Mile” by Roger Bannister

- “One Man’s Leg” by Paul Martin

- “Running the Spiritual Path” by Roger D. Joslin

- “Life At These Speeds: A Novel” by Jeremy Jackson

- “In For the Long Run” by Randy Gleason

- “Running for the Soul: Stories of Triumph, Laughter, Courage, Simple Pleasures and Dreams Fulfilled” ed. by Claudia Piepenburg

- “Duel in the Sun” by John Brant

- “And Then the Vulture Eats You: True Tales about Ultramarathons and those who Run Them,” ed. John L. Parker Jr.

- “Soul, Sweat & Survival on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Bob Holtel

- “The Runner and the Path: An Athlete’s Quest for Meaning in Postmodern Corporate America” by Dean Ottati

- “Fully Alive: Discovering The Adventure of Health and Holy Living” by Jerry Hull and Larry Hull

- “A Cold Clear Day: The Athletic Biography of Buddy Edelen” by Frank Murphy

- “Highway to Your Dreams” by Steve Kime

- “The Runners Book of Training Secrets” by Ken Sparks

- “Chasing the Hawk” by Andrew Sheehan

- “There’s Nothing Funny about Running” by Timothy Martin

- “Hills, Hawgs and Ho Chi Minh” by Don Kardong

- “Running Dialogue: A humorous look at how to train” by David Holt

- “To the Edge: A Man, Death Valley, and the Mystery of Endurance” by Kirk Johnson

- “Runners World Complete Book of Running,” plus “The Complete Runners Guide” and “Runners World Medical and Training Rx”

- “Chi Running” by Danny Dreyer

- “Ultramarathon Man” by Dean Karnazes

- “Running & Being” by George Sheehan

- "Pose Method of Running" by Nicholas Romanov

- “Galloway’s Book on Running” by Jeff Galloway (given to Jason of Trilogy Running to kick-start the club)

1 comment:

Star Wars Runner said...

I've got dibs on Maxwell's Mountain when your done. and can you read that one next I am anxious to read it.

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