Well, since I probably won't be running a marathon during my lifetime (and since I have a back-up training manual just in case), this week's prize is a copy of Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield.
Bingham is popularly known as "The Penguin," and is one of my heroes for his "no need for speed" philosophy. Hadfield is a running coach and also is Bingham's wife.
I read this book prior to my first half-marathon in April of 2007, which still stands as my PR at that distance. I wasn't fast, by any means, but subsequent distance events were even slower. I tried very hard to just be happy I finished, but I'll be honest. I had hoped I would get a little faster.
Instead, I got a little heavier, year after year, and even though I'd hoped with all my heart to run a full marathon this year, it's just not meant to be.
But it could be for you! And this book will help. Same "rules" this week as for last: Leave a comment, or several. Every comment will be counted as a separate entry. I'll use a random number generator to choose a winner and you'll learn who that is next Monday. Contest ends Sunday, July 16, at 7 p.m. Get ready, get set, go!