Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Trailhead, by Lisa Jhung

In my opinion, if you like running, you'll really love trail running.  Trail running has all of the good elements of running, plus lots more.  Lisa Jhung brings the world of trail running to the masses in Trailhead: The Dirt on All Things Trail Running.  I don't know if there's a "Trail Running for Dummies" book, but Jhung's book could fit that bill.  She anticipates all the questions a trail running newbie or wannabe might have and breaks it down.  So it's not really a book for trail runners; if you've read a book or two about trail running, or done some trail running, and run in some trail races, this book is probably not for you.  This is a book for the runner who pounds the pavement, has worn out the local 5K and half marathon circuit, and is look to try something different.  (And for the trail runner who wants to convince his road running buddies to join him on the trail.)
Why trail running?  Lots of reasons!
Some of the sections seemed a little unbalanced.  Clothes for trail running?  Not that different than for road running.  And a big part of it was really "tips for people who don't spend that much time outside."  Plants and animals.  Preparing for different kinds of weather.  That sort of thing.  All in all, though, this is a worthwhile introduction.  Jhung is a contributing editor for Runner's World and her tone reflects that.  Good humor, practical information, and a deep enthusiasm for going for a run!  Now, let's hit the trail!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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