Heart And Sole 26.2 book review & giveaway

Who’s doing the Friday dance with me?  What are your plans for the weekend?  I have no idea what we’re up to, but I’m looking forward to bumming around with Mike and making fun of him.  I’m a peach.

Let’s kick off the weekend with a book review and giveaway, shall we!


And yes, I read in the tub, doesn’t everybody?

I was contacted by a representative for author Melinda Hinson Neely to do a book review on Heart And Sole 26.2 how 26 ran their first marathon (and you can too).

I’m not much of a reader unless it involves magazines, and don’t plan on running a marathon anytime soon, but this book is all about running.  And we all know running’s my favorite and I’m so happy I took the time to dive in.  It’s a fast read for folks like me.

I thought it was a fantastic read for runners of all levels, especially beginners.  I loved reading how 26 non-super human normal people like you & I trained their butts off, overcame injures, battled weather and pretty much anything training throws at you to cross the finish line of their first marathon.  You will definitely be inspired!

The other really cool thing about this book is that Melinda offers relatable, useful tips along the way from her expertise and experience.  She has multiple marathons under her belt and is also a Boston qualifier.


Bam wants you to know that he enjoyed reading it too but wishes they would have suggested a belly rub, a nap in the sun and some cookies for recovery.

I really enjoyed the book and thought you guys would too, so I asked Melinda’s team if they would be willing to do a giveaway.  I was stoked they agreed!  So one lucky winner will score signed paperback copies of “Heart and Sole” and Melinda’s other book, “Eat In, Not Out”.  Plus a 30 minute consultation to do an assessment of a your one week “healthy diary” (e.g., food/fitness/etc).  How cool is that!?

All you have to do is leave a comment sharing your best running tips and/or advice!!

Extra entries if you share this giveaway with your social media friends, blog or write it in the sky.  Be sure to hop back over here & let me know.

**Edited because this blonde is clearly under caffeinated and forgot to add the giveaway will end Tuesday August 13 and the winner will be announced the following day.**


76 Comments on “Heart And Sole 26.2 book review & giveaway

  1. I’ve learned that you really need to fuel, and refuel properly! I’m currently training for my first half marathon on September 8th and its been a battle! I know that I just have to keep pushing myself though. This book looks like SUCH an inspiration, I might just have to pick up a copy if I dont win 🙂

  2. I am currently dealing with some tendon damage, and ice baths have been working wonders!
    I am wondering about trying some compression socks to help with the pain too, especially cute pink ones 🙂

  3. Enjoy the run! The day you start hating it is the day you need to re-assess and evaluate why you do it.

  4. Best advice: set multiple goals, little ones to check off along the way keeping you focused, and big ones to keep you motivated and dreaming big! You need to celebrate the little victories along the way, every step is progress!

  5. Ive learned that rest is key! You need to sleep enough and have your rest days, or the days that you do run won’t be what you want them to be. You will be tired and probably slower than you would like, which can be discouraging. So, make sure you run your ‘sole’ out(haha get it lol, im a dork) on your good days, and rest on the others. I usually take 2 rest days a week.

  6. My best advice to to hydrate and fuel properly during your run. In the beginning of the summer I wasn’t prepared for how much sweatier I would get than I did in the cooler weather and felt completely depleted after my runs. I started carrying a handheld water bottle on my longer runs and it has helped a lot. Also it has a pocket so I can keep some nuun in there or some fuel if I’m going to need it.

  7. Best advice…proper shoes, Pro Compression socks, upbeat music, fuel + pavement = a complete peace of mind! Most self-accomplished feeling ever!

  8. Foam roll, foam roll, and stretching! And, foam rolling. My chiropractor has managed to keep my tricky knee from preventing from running by encouraging to foam roll every day, and to stretch stretch stretch. It’s been AMAZING.

  9. stretch stretch stretch, foam roll and strength training! these things have helped me so much to prevent and heal my injuries and increase my pace and endurance running! of course new shoes on a regular basis and cross training is always a good thing too 😉

    Also I totally dig your blog 😉

  10. Best running advice: I have a few tips, one if you’re training for a race don’t do all your training indoors on a treadmill; when running alone I listen to slower music if it is fast music I tend to run too fast; I think the best advice though is to not worry so much about distance or how quickly you can run a mile, instead run as far as you can and get used to how your body feels first and worry about the details of running later.

  11. Listen to your body. Don’t try to run faster and longer distances at the same time. build up each on individually. one run can be distance and another run can be for time. slowly but surely you’ll get there. OH, STRETCH and FOAM ROLL! <——important

    would love to win BTW!

  12. Stretching before and after is definitely key! However, eating/hydrating before, during, and after long runs are a definite must too! However, the most important piece is to run because you love to/want to!

  13. best advice i have ever received and are truly words to live by:
    you get what you put in. hard work pays off. (especially for non-elite runners like myself!)

  14. I’ve heard of this book and want to read it! My best running tip: listen to your body…but not if your body is just making excuses because it’s tired. Learn to tell the difference between fatigue and potential injury.

  15. My best piece/s of advice is to stay consistent, stay positive & don’t get caught up in comparing yourself to others. We all have our own journeys and goals!! Recently I’ve found that it helps me to simplify & go back to when I fell in love with running….hitting trails without music, gps, fancy gear 🙂

  16. I am not a seasoned runner so I don’t have much advice. I just say don’t give up. I take 1 mile at a time.

  17. Don’t wear a watch every time you run. Just enjoy the run without obsessing over pace/time.

  18. My best running advice:
    1.Always incorporate new things into your training before the actual race! Don’t ever try something new the day of the race.
    2. If you injur yourself, stop!! Don’t push through an injury just to finish a run. You will only prolong your recovery time.
    3. Hydrate! …and eat a healthy diet!
    4. Mix up your routine to prevent boredom and for safety reasons.

  19. My advice would be to not compare yourself to anyone else, we all progress at our own pace. Never feel you’re not going far enough or fast enough.

  20. That book seems cool, I dont read in the tub because Im afraid Ill drop it. My best advice would probably be to just not overdo it because you can prevent a lot of nonsense that way.

  21. My best advice is to not think too much about it. Grab your shoes and get out the door. Enjoy the scenery. Be proud of every run, whether it was your best/worst, you still did it!

  22. What a fun read!

    My best advice is to get started by taking your dog out with you. I have small dogs, so when I was just getting started I would bring them along since I knew they could handle it. They were great motivation!

  23. Don’t give up, running is NEVER easy! Some days are easier than others, but the accomplishment, that amazing feeling after a really hard run is what keeps me going!

  24. Best running tip…strength training! Lunges, squats, etc. help keep my hips strong so I can run without pain. It goes without saying that I learned this the hard way. 🙂

  25. Training advice that has helped me (and some I learned the hard way):
    -Get fitted for running shoes
    -Don’t always push through the pain (like real injury pain) because it will cause more harm than good
    -If an easy run is on your schedule choose slower music to help slow your pace
    -Enjoy each run and be thankful that your body is strong enough to run!

  26. Some running advice that has helped me (and some I learned the hard way)
    -Get fitted for running shoes
    -Don’t always push through the pain (like injury pain) because it will do more harm than good
    -Enjoy each run and be thankful your body is strong enough to run!

  27. My best running tip is to take it slow and listen to your body. Your body is smarter than you think! If your body is struggling STOP it’s okay to REST and it’s okay to take it easy!

  28. Advice: Create a positive running mantra to repeat to yourself when the run is getting tough.

  29. I never wanted to fuel during long runs, but I learned it is necessary and to not be afraid to try different things for fuel. And not to compare myself to others, that’s another hard one for me!

  30. Going to Maine this weekend and I’m super excited! You get to annoy Mike i get to annoy 10 of my lovely family members!!

    If I were to give anyone a running tip it would be to just have fun. If running feels like a chore it will become one. If you can relax a little and just enjoy yourself that’s all that matters.

  31. I would say, the best advice, and the hardest thing to do is to actually listen to the experienced runners and do what they say! Not necessarily the weird quirky things, but the things you see popping up again and again about resting, hydrating, fueling, stretching & proper-shoeing (<-yes, it's a word….). It's so hard to accept that we're not super-human and we need to do these things to prevent injury!!

  32. Go to a specialty running store to get fitted when I got serious about running.

  33. Ahh, there are so many things that I have learned from running. I think one of the most important things is your mentality. You have to go into it with the right mindset. Also, listen to your body. Don’t overwork your muscles because it will come back to bite you in the butt. And another really important one, especially since it’s summer and the weather is warmer (for some of us), hydrate and fueling! The difference being hydrated and dehydrated before a run is soo crucial. I was amazed by how different it felt when I made sure to hydrate.

  34. running is like life… you have good days and bad, but at least your out there! keep running!

  35. The best tip I have received is to have fun while running. I know that sounds so simple and, at times, impossible, but taking the time to enjoy a run by simply breathing and being in the moment has really helped me to keep on running (and smiling).

    I love your blog, by the way!

  36. My best running tip is to just enjoy the run. Go at your own pace and take in the scenery. Don’t take it too seriously!

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    My tip for running- foam rolling is a must! Try to roll every day (even when you don’t run). I’m kind of bad about doing this daily, but it really helps with injury prevention.

  39. Slow runs should really be slow (duh, I know). I couldn’t help but push just a little on those slow runs and now have the dreaded PF. So slow it down on the slow days and save your need for speed for speed days.

  40. My running tip is to not just focus on your cardio but add in strength training and have a strong core! Sounds like a great book!

  41. Taking a water bottle with me during the summer, having socks that fit me and work well with my shoes, make sure to have stretches planned and do them (I have several yoga for runner routines saved on YouTube I love to use), and Epsom salt baths 🙂

  42. I’m a long time runner (my past years were only in the treadmill lol but now have done a few 5ks and 1 8k AND planning on doing the Seattle half in December :p). I think the best advice I can give is go to a running store and have them properly fit you to the right shoe because it’ll save you the pain in your legs and arches lol. Oh and also weather it is 11 minutes or 6 minutes per mile don’t worry about it and enjoy your run :), I only say it because lots of people …. specially beginners worry to much about that and sometimes give up because they don’t think they are fast enough when they should be happy they ran a mile or 2

  43. Honestly, I’m the slouchiest (it’s a word, right?) person ever but….

    my tip is check your posture. …all day long. Not just while running. It improves your core and your breathing. Right now, sit up straight and you’ll notice the difference. My core is so much stronger when I am more consistent with good posture.

  44. Compression socks are awesome for recovery and descending lots of hills!

  45. I loved your comment: “I loved reading how 26 non-super human normal people like you & I trained their butts off, overcame injures, battled weather and pretty much anything training throws at you to cross the finish line of their first marathon.” That is what running is all about. Thanks for the kind words!

  46. Advice as a beginner, take it slow, don’t get frustrated, it will come. Set goals, sign up for races, it keeps you in training mode. Run out your stress, smile and believe in yourself.

  47. Advice: Running is a very personal sport…it’s all about you. Don’t compare yourself to other runners. We’re all different. You never know if the person running next to you is having an off day or running the race of his/her life. Race against yourself. The most important race is the race against yourself. Rest days are just as important as training days – take care of your body. Ice baths are amazing recovery tools – the tough part is submerging yourself, after that it’s a piece of cake. Here’s my last piece of advice: enjoy running, if you don’t, it’s not worth it. Life is too short not to enjoy what you do.

  48. My best running trip is to find a run group or friends who are runners that keep you accountable. thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    Amy Lauren

  49. My best running tip= listen to your body!

    I know it’s so cliche, but I have definitely learned the hard way. Taking a day or two of rest will not hinder your training, but actually HELP you!..I know..shock!

  50. My best running tip – Buy awesome running gear so that it excites you to go running (and sign up for races to keep your motivation up!)

  51. Just have fun with it 🙂 So many people get obsessed with the numbers right off the bat and try to bust out an 8 minute mile without running 1 mile. it takes time but it’s so worth it 🙂

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  53. My best advice is to shop around for a good pair of shoes that fit well and if at all possible get professionally fitted for shoes. And Dont forget a good pair of sports socks as well.

  54. Advice: no one is invincible! It’s taken me a long time to learn how to treat my body right so I can run – not always easy, but always worth it!

  55. I would say learning about rest days and scheduling them is just as important as run days!

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