I've been a tiny bit obsessed with running lately. I got this book at the library and I highly recommend it. The author, John Bingham, calls himself the Penguin because he is slow. He started running at age 43 when he was being measured for a tuxedo and his out seam measurement was the same as his waist! He loved to run as a boy, but somewhere along the line he found out he wasn't a good runner so he stopped.
Here is a quote from the introduction, "To be a runner, you simply have to run. It's not enough to dream about being a runner. It's not enough to plan on being a runner. Sooner or later, you have to run.
And if you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run."
The book is about discovering the pleasures of running. (It isn't a how-to book!) I'm about 1/3 through the book and am really enjoying it.