Ultramarathoners gearing up for summer trail-running season now have plenty of reading material available for recovery days. Three new books and one specialty publication have hit the bookstores, perhaps proof that trail running is rising in popularity and elevation.
The Runner's World franchise recently released a special 104-page magazine, The Trail, which features interviews and profiles with elite ultramarathoners well known to Western States fans. The Tahoe Rim Trail also makes the cut in the Top 25 Trail Run feature ($5.99, on newsstands).
Veteran ultra runner Marshall Ulrich has released a memoir, Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss and a Record-Setting Run Across America (Avery, $26). This is much more than just a document of Ulrich's speedy trek from San Francisco to New York City.
There aren't many detailed how-to ultramarathon books, but Bryon Powell, author of the popular website irunfar.com, has just released Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons (Breakaway Books, $14.95).
In Robin Harvie's The Lure of Long Distances:Why We Run (Public Affairs, $24.99) the London ultrarunner and essayist details his journey into adulthood and extreme running.
-- Sam McManis,