Everywhere Edge

Keep Your Mojo Running

September 28, 2006

Some may observe that you maintain your running mojo by feeding it. Two frisbee sized chocolate chip cookies on Friday. A pomegranate martini binge Saturday night (good job on getting those anti-oxidants!). Finished off with a greasy breakfast Sunday morning.

But when you really want to crank it up, you read a couple of chapters from Women who Run by Shanti Sosienski. This is her debut book and it's awesome. Shanti has assembled a collection of inspirational profiles of incredible women who love to run.

She features a broad spectrum of runners ranging from the Olympian, the adventure racer, the marathoner to the recreational runner. We're in awe of women who exhibit extreme super powers like Diane Van Deren who suffers from epilepsy and ran 260 miles of the Iditarod in Alaska, including 180 miles where she was dragging one leg due to a torn groin muscle. We're grateful for the courage of pioneering women like Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon; and she did it incognito because the event was closed to women. And we realize how lucky we are when reading about Asra Normani's challenges to run as a Muslim woman.

You get first hand accounts about why these amazing women run and the underlying reasons that drive their passion. This book is sure to inspire you to lace up your shoes and go for a run. And then come home and enjoy that bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Women Who Run by Shanti Sosienski