The Self-Coached Runner
by Karen S. Perinchief

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Train together and encourage each other. – Proverbs 27:17"

Perinchief presents a helpful guide to running, reflecting on her experience as a Christian and person living with asthma. Readers will better understand the etiology and challenges of asthma with the author’s simple and accurate medical description of the disease. She is also inspired by successful runners such as Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Paula Radcliffe, who have achieved running success while living with asthma. Her excitement for the sport of running is evident and contagious in this fun guidebook. She relates the doubts one has as a Christian to the doubts of a runner.

The author’s book includes encouraging prayers and useful tips on a variety of running-related topics such as nutrition to maintain a healthy weight, how to choose running shoes, picking a race, and stretching. Readers will be motivated to achieve their running goals utilizing the Christian strategies Perinchief presents for keeping a positive attitude and steady mindset in her pursuit, such as never compare yourself to other runners and keep negative thoughts like “I can’t run” out of your mind.

Advice from this self-coached running author is practical and relatable. She admits that she is not a nutritionist, but her personal experience has led her to practical eating tips such as don’t skip meals and keep a food diary. Readers should find the sample food diary provided in the book a phenomenal tool to implement in their training. Perinchief demonstrates her passion for health and people in this helpful guide for any aspiring beginner or veteran racer. Readers will find this book a welcome resource to use over and over again in their running careers.

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