Nothing but blue skies

In the last few weeks, I’ve seen notices about the publication of three new books on running: Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run, Peter Larson’s Tread Lightly, and Sakyong Mipham’s Running with the Mind of Meditation. (Each of those links will take you to an excerpt somewhere.)


Is there some kind of publishing rule about running books and blue sky covers?

(Is it weird that I’ve read five of these, and a sixth is on its way?)

Powell’s* clickable thumbnails below:

Eat and Run by Scott Jurek

Run! by Dean Karnazes

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham (Update: for those of you in the San Francisco area, Sakyong Mipham will be giving a short clinic/talk on Saturday, May 19 at 10 AM, at See Jane Run, 3910 24th Street, San Francisco.) (Post-weekend update to the update: turns out my source was incorrect, and the clinic was given by a student of Sakyong Mipham’s!  Glad no one came on the basis of it being the author himself!  It was still an excellent presentation…)

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Barefoot Running by Michael Sandler

A Life without Limits by Chrissie Wellington

Chi Running by Danny Dreyer

Tread Lightly by Peter Larson and Bill Katovsky
(Click on Peter’s name to be magically transported to his excellent blog, where he introduces the book, and provides his own Amazon link.)

(*Unless I couldn’t find a copy on Powell’s site, in which case I link to the author’s site.  By the way, this blog “partners” with Powell’s, which means I get a teeny little fraction of book-buying credit if you purchase the book through this link.) (Late update: apologies to you email subscribers who may have received two extra notices of this post today; a little update glitch on my part.)

And now I can’t get Ella out of my head…  But there are worse problems to have.


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