Book review by Karen Mitchell
Runners, coaches, book group leaders:
We are excited to share this new book by Neely Spence Gracey and Cindy Kuzma. It is beautifully put together with wonderful photos and it’s full of extremely engaging information you can use to experience ‘breakthroughs’ during your running career.
Neely was born, raised, and schooled in Pennsylvania and now lives in Colorado. She’s a professional runner, coach, and a mother of two, who has run and raced across the country. At the Boston Marathon she finished 1st American and ninth overall. New York City Marathon? Eighth place and 2nd American. World Cross Country Championships in Poland? 1st American and 13th overall. She’s a pro!
Using scientifically-proven recommendations, Neely discusses goal-setting, recovery, nutrition, mastering your monthly cycle, injury prevention, breathing better, running and motherhood, building strength, and lots more. She includes detailed training plans for racing at almost all distances – 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon, and run-walk, good for beginners or those coming back after injury, pregnancy, or a long break for any reason. There are stories and inspiration from athletes Sara Hall, Tina Muir, Molly Huddle, Nell Rojas, Emily Infeld, Sara Vaughn, Elise Cranny, Amanda Nurse and others.
I expected to page through the book and look at the pictures. What did I do? I read it word for word! It was that interesting! Once you read it, we’re pretty sure you’ll keep it on the shelf as a frequent reference.
Neely’s book is a must-read for women runners of all ages, abilities, and goals.
Coaches, especially those who coach girls and women, check out this book! It is highly recommended.