GIVEAWAY: Great Book For Runners

>> Tuesday, July 17, 2012

First a quick update on my last giveaway about 6 weeks ago. That was the one where I was toplessly (is that a word?) wearing a Camelbak Vest that you could win:

The winner (Adam from Lesser Is More) sent me a photo of HIMSELF topless and wearing the vest once he got it:

Thanks Adam!

OK, on to THIS giveaway....

There's a fun little "coffee table" book that just came out called "1,001 Pearls of Runners' Wisdom:"

It's tiny, but it's thick - it's nearly 400 pages long!

Why am I always topless in giveaway posts?...

It's filled with short stories and quotes from runners or athletes. It's not something you'd just sit down and read for an hour each day. It's more of just a fun book you have sitting out that you pick up for a few minutes now-and-then. And it'd make a fun gift for that runner in your life.

The quotes and stories are split up into chapters such as "The Runner's Personality," "Women Only," "Running Form and Injury," "Training," "Racing," "The Marathon and Half-Marathon," "Motivation: Positive Thinking," and so on.

There's a chapter early on called "Why We Run," followed by a chapter called "Why I Don't Run." There's a great quote in the latter chapter that goes like this:

"Whenever I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until that feeling passes away." - Robert M. Hutchins, former President of the University of Chicago.

And then there's this gem from George Carlin:

"Have you ever noticed? Anyone going slower than you is a idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?"

And here's an interesting story from the "Women Only" chapter:

"Once I was out for a twenty-miler on the grass along the Parkway, but I was picked up by the police after three miles. It was raining and someone called and told them 'There's a crazy woman running...' They took me and left me off at the next exit." - Nina Kuscsik, on running in the 1960s

Well, I have FIVE copies of this book to give away! I'm opening up this giveaway from now through next Wednesday (July 25th). Here are the details:


JUST LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST!! Yep, that's it. Ba-da-bing: you're in the running to possibly win 1 of 4 copies of this cookbook. I'll randomly pick four comments to win.

I'm going to give the 5th copy away to a random person on twitter who follows me and sends out this tweet:

Fun little book GIVEAWAY on @SteveinaSpeedo's blog: "1,001 Pearls of Runner's Wisdom" -

Just follows me on twitter and copy / paste that tweet to be in the running for the 5th copy of the book.

Then check back sometime later next week (around the 26th or 27th) to see if I draw your name as 1 of the 5 the winners!

Legal junk:
- Open to residents of US and Canada.
- Just like in all of my giveaways, I've only been given these books; they have not asked or told me to say anything else. All of these thoughts are my own.
- When you leave a comment, please "sign" your name if you don't have a blogger account, otherwise it will be hard to figure out who you are if you're one of the winners. For example, say something like "It's Steve S. from St. Paul. Gimme that book!!"
- I'll assign all entries a number (for both the blog comments and tweets) and then use (or other random number generating scheme) to pick a winner at random.
- If I can't get a hold of the winner(s) in 3 days, I'll re-draw for a new winner(s). So make sure to CHECK BACK early next week!

The publishers can ship to the US and Canada, so if you are from one of those places, comment now! Right here! And follows me on twitter and send out that tweet to have another chance to win! Do it before Wednesday the 25th. Thanks everyone!

Comment now to enter!


Nick 9:02 AM, July 17, 2012  

If I only knew how to read.

Willie 9:03 AM, July 17, 2012  

You know what I don't understand.
Running your heart out in a race and next to two runners chatting it up. Not out of breath and discussing coffee shop topics. "Hello distractions, trying to race race here, why don't you take the next left and stop off at starbucks to chat. Great, thanks" ; )

Gina 9:09 AM, July 17, 2012  

This would be awesome! My quote would be, "Sign up for a race. Paying money to run is motivating to train!"

traildiva 9:12 AM, July 17, 2012  

"You people are crazy!" directed at a group of trail runners is still one of my favorites.

Ririnette 9:12 AM, July 17, 2012  

I need more pearls of wisdom in my life, it's getting boring to listen to my brain.

Anonymous,  9:14 AM, July 17, 2012  

Hi Steve: From the number of topless photos you post, I'm guessing you live in a clothing optional facility - at least in the Summer.

If I win the book, I will treat it like royalty, and keep it in the throne room.

Anonymous/George Fulp

Steph 9:16 AM, July 17, 2012  

I'm entered!!! Just like that!!!
Good luck, Steph!!

Thanks for the giveaway. As always, your blog is a joy to read. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous,  9:19 AM, July 17, 2012  

It's Lane from ND. Sounds like a good book.

PipTook 9:28 AM, July 17, 2012  

Pick me and I'll send a topless photo of myself with the book. After all, there's only one letter separating "books" and "boobs." ;-D

Seriously though, would make for some great post-IMLP recovery reading!

Ironmom (Julie) 9:28 AM, July 17, 2012  

I'm in; thanks for the giveaway!

Erick 9:44 AM, July 17, 2012  

Lavar Burton ain't got nothin' on me.

Randy,  9:52 AM, July 17, 2012  

I worked with a woman whose definition of exercise was filling the bathtub with water, pulling the plug and fighting the current.

Theresa @ActiveEggplant 10:05 AM, July 17, 2012  

I was trying to come up with a good comment for my entry... but after reading PipTook's comment above I gave up. There's no way I'd be able to top that one.

Robert Harris 10:05 AM, July 17, 2012  

Yo! I can read, and I'm from AL, so that's a rarity deserving of a book!

"You know running is bad on your knees..." says most... what do they know! :)

Brent 10:14 AM, July 17, 2012  

I want that.

Brent from Minneapolis

Kelly Janowski 10:35 AM, July 17, 2012  

If you see me running, call the cops. - College me ... funny how much changes.

Tap 10:39 AM, July 17, 2012  

During my 16 miler on Sunday I would have given anything for a cop to pick me up and drive me a few blocks closer to home.... it was a rough one. But regardless I hope I win! :)

RunningLaur 10:43 AM, July 17, 2012  

I suppose if I win a copy of the book, I'll have to read it while topless, right? That seems to be the precedent set. Although I'm not sure Pharmie would approve of photo evidence....

Craig 10:44 AM, July 17, 2012  

This is a perfect book for a Canadian boy! Craig from London, ON here!

Christine 10:58 AM, July 17, 2012  

Badabing! I would love that book. When I ran the MCM, I joked with a lady that we should commit a crime so the police officers would pick us up and drive us away. :)

Sarah 11:17 AM, July 17, 2012  

Psshh, I could use a good laugh! Besides, I need something to entertain me when I'm not Googling "half naked male running blog." ;)


Justin 11:24 AM, July 17, 2012  

I'd love to have a copy of this book. I just kind of figured you don't own many shirts and they must always be in the wash.

Jen from MD,  11:26 AM, July 17, 2012  

I can read and I attepmt to run so I'd like to enter!

Rainmaker 11:30 AM, July 17, 2012  

Whomever the winner is, I just hope it's one of the women above who volunteered to send you topless photos...for your sake (no offence to Adam)!

bethtrue 11:58 AM, July 17, 2012  

I think the police would probably pick me up if I were to ever attempt a 20-miler. I'd look like a staggering zombie.

Foges 12:15 PM, July 17, 2012  

small but thick... story of my life...

Kacey 12:31 PM, July 17, 2012  

Pick me! :)
Kacey Gregerson

Hugh Jass 12:59 PM, July 17, 2012  

I want that book! Hot (literally) Alecia in Texas!

kyle s 1:11 PM, July 17, 2012  

Hey Steve. Love the blog. Hpoing to win a book!

-Tall, nice-kid (or something like that?) Kyle Serreyn

Travis 1:13 PM, July 17, 2012  

If I win, I'll send you a topless photo of me reading it! :o)

Anonymous,  1:22 PM, July 17, 2012  

I'm injured right now and could use some inspiration.

Kris G. in Minneapolis

Dan 1:59 PM, July 17, 2012  

If I win, I *WON'T* send you a topless photo of me reading it. You can thank me later. :)

Dan in Morgan Hill

Melissa C 2:25 PM, July 17, 2012  

Pick me! Although this really won't help my problem that the only books I read are about running right now.

sswoods61 2:45 PM, July 17, 2012  

I can always use more wisdom - count me in please!

Michael 3:36 PM, July 17, 2012  

I'm just going to assume that you'll need a picture of me reading the book topless, so.....since I'm game, please count me in as well. :-)

TriMOEngr 4:19 PM, July 17, 2012  

Looks like the perfect bathroom read.

Anonymous,  4:27 PM, July 17, 2012  

I can always use more inspiration.

Krystal from OK

Ah Ah Alaska 6:27 PM, July 17, 2012  

Me, me, me! It's been a cloudy and rainy Alaska summer and there's little else to do but read. And run, of course, hee, hee.

Cheers, dude,

Rae 6:58 PM, July 17, 2012  

Awesome. Though Im glad its not a topless giveaway :-P

Kara from BC,  7:12 PM, July 17, 2012  

These comments may be better than the book - if I win, I'll let you know.

Nathaniel 7:17 PM, July 17, 2012  

Congrats on your race this past weekend. I would love to read this book. Thanks for giving them away.

Merrilee 7:21 PM, July 17, 2012  

Anyone who googles "topless" is going to find this post. I am staying tuned more to see the "after pics".

Christine Ashby 7:24 PM, July 17, 2012  

my bookshelf is looking a little empty, a new books sounds like just the ticket!

Michael mccollum,  9:23 PM, July 17, 2012  

You have the best giveaways. Would love a copy.

Matt 9:25 PM, July 17, 2012  

With all the heat we're having, I've been getting a lot of extra reading in--maybe I can do another book report:

Keith 10:40 PM, July 17, 2012  

Lucky 58! I'm looking for my next read.

Biker Pete 3:02 AM, July 18, 2012  

"Why am I always topless in giveaway posts?..."
Hahaha ... my first thought, when I saw that picture.
Maybe it is time to test some running shirts before the next giveaway. :-)

Greetings from germany,

Stamina will be rewarded sooner or later - but mostly later. - Wilhelm Busch

lars grombach 4:35 AM, July 18, 2012  

Would you send it to aus I I win :)

Tami 6:08 AM, July 18, 2012  

That book looks so fun!!!

Ruby Leigh 7:38 AM, July 18, 2012  

Yes, that book looks great, sign me up!

bectom1 8:03 AM, July 18, 2012  

Pick me! Pick me! :)

Kurt 9:29 AM, July 18, 2012  

Sounds like a cool book. Thanks Steve!

Mary V.,  9:55 AM, July 18, 2012  

Count me in! Thanks.

Chad 12:06 PM, July 18, 2012  

I need a new book to read!

John 12:29 PM, July 18, 2012  

I'm in the running! For the book that is!

lessoninmotivation 1:12 PM, July 18, 2012  

What a great idea for a coffee table book! One of my favorite running quotes (that I bet won't be in the book) is "I don't think that a person should run unless he's being chased." said by Elijah Wood in the "The Faculty" (despite my love for this quote, I'm a runner).

Love the topless give away pics!

Jen in MA

amjeso 1:41 PM, July 18, 2012  

I've given up trying to win the lottery. This might be the next best thing.

l 1:59 PM, July 18, 2012  

Need to win this.

Unknown 2:01 PM, July 18, 2012  

Sneak in another one.

Anonymous,  4:58 PM, July 18, 2012  

It looks like a nice bathroom reader.

Karri S in Blaine

Suz and Allan 5:50 PM, July 18, 2012  

This sounds like a good one!

Carmen M.,  11:59 PM, July 18, 2012  

I would love this book, it looks great! It's Carmen from South Carolina!

Peter (,  5:11 AM, July 19, 2012  

I love books like this!

marplemk1 6:22 AM, July 19, 2012  

I'm out of witty things to say.

Greg 8:40 AM, July 19, 2012  

Congrats on 9 years.

Melissa 8:43 AM, July 19, 2012  

I'm kind of glad a dude won that vest although I'm sure all you guys would have enjoyed a girl topless in that thing.

Steve, your posts are always enjoyed.

Please pick me for the book.

Melissa B. in Western Massachusetts.

Graham 8:43 AM, July 19, 2012  

I tweeted now I'm posting...maybe this will be the lucky one!!

JillyG 10:39 AM, July 19, 2012  

I need this book to help me through an injury that has grounded me from running! Thanks, Steve!

Katie 11:09 AM, July 19, 2012  

Hooray for books about running to read while recovering and resting from running!

-Katie in Lino Lakes

longrun4fun 6:41 PM, July 19, 2012  

I want to read a book.

Anonymous,  8:37 PM, July 19, 2012  

That would be a great addition to the coffee table that I don't own :)

Justin B. from Chicago, IL

The Triathlon Rx 8:38 PM, July 19, 2012  

I'm always in for a giveaway! It would go well with my Wooden Wisdom book too :)

Erin 10:53 PM, July 19, 2012  

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Richard C. 11:53 AM, July 20, 2012  

I dig the book's cover photo. Thanks for the giveaway.


Richelle 11:25 PM, July 20, 2012  

I love that TYR bag I won from you last year. I use it frequently. Here's hoping I can add a book to the bag!

Shelly 8:06 AM, July 21, 2012  

I hope there are a lot of pictures in that book! Thanks for the contest. Tell Henry I said "Hi".

Andy Rosebrook 12:47 PM, July 21, 2012  

I think Henry needs to start giving stuff away!

Marie 7:10 AM, July 24, 2012  

Needing to remember why I should run anyway

Dwayne 11:54 PM, July 24, 2012  

Reading? What a novel idea.

Kristin,  9:15 AM, July 25, 2012  

Wow, how did I miss this giveaway the first time? I'd love to check that book out!

(Kristin from Detroit)

BigNate 11:05 AM, July 25, 2012  

Hi Steve, I'm a Wookiee and I'd like to win.


Jeff Vanis 9:18 PM, July 25, 2012  

In for a shot! Looks fun

Cindy Stenzel,  9:26 PM, July 25, 2012  

Pick me!! (we are related. Your dad is my cousin and godfather...I hope that doesn't disqualify me!)

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