I am a runner. Although I am not in love with running, I am extremely disciplined and have never, in over 15 years of running, NOT met my mileage goal for the week no matter how busy I am or who I annoy. But I do need motivating things to think about while running so I read a lot of books and articles on running. Most are too positive for me, but Get Off Your Ass and Run! by Ruth Field is right up my alley. Field comes across like a drill sergeant and will obliterate any excuse you have to not run. She says to get rid of all your diet books and don’t even think about what you’re eating, just start moving. Field has a whole program and encourages walking at first (for as long as you need to) and then running but slowly — one of the biggest rookie mistakes is trying to go too fast too soon. When you have run long enough that it has become second nature and you can’t imagine not running, then you can start thinking about what you eat. Her theory is the fitter you become the more you will naturally gravitate towards healthier foods and cut out the crap. Anyone who can stick to a running regime automatically becomes more goal oriented in other aspects of their lives. True, I’ve always hated vegetables but eat more now than ever before, and while I might not ever order a salad when I am out to dinner (big juicy steak or cheeseburger please!), I don’t have to because I run. I am going to buy this book and memorize some passages I can call on when the going gets tough. Add it to my repertoire of thinking about paralyzed people who can’t run, or 80-year-old marathoners, or those people who run 100 mile ultra marathons, and I want to complain about a measly 25 miles a week? Please. Field says (and I agree) to be thankful when your run is “good” but don’t expect it; do look forward to the aftermath when you will feel on top of the world. She says running will reward you with great nights of sleep, more energy for your work, a better body, and less stress. Again, I agree and I personally hope I can run until my dying day.