|The Science of Running by Steve Magness was one of the first books I read on running. The content was so dense it demanded your unwavering concentration and I found myself rereading pages when my attention wandered. However, it was an impressive collection of practical and anecdotal evidence and encouraged me to seek out more of Steve’s work.
Peak Performance, which Steve co-wrote with Brad Stulberg was a different type of read. If I had had an uninterrupted day to dedicate to the book, I could’ve read it in one sitting; it was that good. Filled with stories of “peak performers” across different industries, it was motivating and filled with actionable insights that if assessed and applied personally could be transferred to one’s own life. How can you be a better runner? How can you be a better husband, wife, or child? How can you more effectively adhere to a diet? How can you work less but accomplish more? Steve and Brad interviewed and analyzed accomplished individuals in many fields including athletics, writing, and psychology. I am not in the business of reviewing books, but rather attempting to summarize the authors’ findings in a way that you can apply to your training, nutrition, work, and personal life.