Sunday, March 24, 2013

Race Into Spring - Sports Stories

Are you training for a sport or trying to get in shape? The items on this list should inspire you to get out there and move.

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek – Do you think 26.2 miles sounds like a long race? Try the Badwater Ultramarathon, 135 miles under the beating sun in Death Valley. These 100-plus mile races in grueling environments are Scott Jurek’s specialty. Learn what it takes to push the human body to its limits in his autobiography.

Open by Andre Agassi – Agassi is one of the most famous tennis players of all time, but he actually hated the sport for much of his career. In Open, he reveals the highs and extreme lows of his career in the high-pressure professional tennis world and how he came to love the sport after meeting fellow tennis star Steffi Graf.

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn – Kahn recounts the tale of his years as a sportswriter during the time of the 50’s Brooklyn Dodgers, including racial barrier jumper Jackie Robinson’s journey to fame. Also included is a description of the lives of the baseball players of this time period after retirement. Hint – they did not go on to live in mansions like today’s baseball stars.

Winners Never Quit! by Mia Hamm – In this picture book, U.S. women’s soccer champion Mia Hamm tells the story of a young girl who hates to lose. This inspirational book will teach children that competition is not everything, and it is important to enjoy the game whether you win or lose.

Senna – Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna is considered one of the best drivers in elite Formula One racing history. This documentary reveals a surprisingly humble superstar who performed daring maneuvers on the track to win multiple Grand Prix races.

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