I found a lot of helpful information in The Art of Running Faster. Like many how-to running books, I had to skim for what interested me and skip what didn’t. I found learning about fartleks and other training strategies extremely helpful. While I wasn’t very interested in reading about specific races and runners, I did enjoy some of the pictures. As a new runner, when talking about a picture in which one runner is finishing strong and his pursuer has “started to labour and over-stride,” I couldn’t see the difference and would have appreciated knowing how Goater could tell which runner was flagging and which was not. Each chapter ends with “points to remember” making it very easy to skip a chapter, but still making sure you don’t miss anything major that would prompt a re-visit. Overall, I found it a very useful book.
Oak Park Library is currently closed and will re-open on Monday, Dec. 18 at 9 a.m.