Stuff We Dig: Books That Make You Go Wow

Two sports books that should have the attention of all runners this holiday season:


Elite Minds:  Creating The Competitive Advantage by Dr. Stan Beecham

Seriously, it’s sports psychology but we’re talking about practical tools for both runners and coaches that can really make a huge difference. Stan is amazing and it’s not just us, his book is getting rave reviews from many friends in the industry we trust.


The Sports Gene by David Epstein

This book is a NY Times Bestseller and it mentions our very own Dr. Jack Daniels! It’s a fascinating read for all sports fans, especially runners since David is an avid runner himself. This is a fun and very fast read.

“In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle. He investigates the so-called 10,000-hour rule to uncover whether rigorous and consistent practice from a young age is the only route to athletic excellence.

Along the way, Epstein dispels many of our perceptions about why top athletes excel.”

Stuff We Dig: Roll Recovery


Speed up recovery and and reduce tightness after workouts to help prevent injuries. We’ve got several coaches who swear by the R8.

Stuff We Dig is unsponsored. We have no partnerships or agreements with any of these brands.

Stuff We Dig: Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator


Vega Sport makes a wide spectrum of performance products with a focus on plant based, vegan, gluten free and all natural products. It’s a little pricey but a great option if you’re looking for the cleanest fueling and recovery products on the market for endurance athletes.

We love their Vega One recovery powder and drinks because it includes 15g vegan gluten, 50% vit and min, 6g fiber, Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, probiotics and greens. Even though it cost more than most products you are used to it’s a much healthier version of a post-workout protein drink. Plus the taste is great despite the added greens!

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Stuff We Dig: Peanut Butter GU!


We started a new board on our fabulous but young Pinterest page called “Stuff We Dig.” So far we’ve got Daniels’ Running Formula (obviously), The GRID foam roller, and a new sports nutrition bar from our good friends at Picky Bars.

Today we bring you another great product – Peanut Butter GU, a favorite of Run SMART coach Alicia Shay’s. “It sounds kind of strange but it is a little saltier than most gels and tastes good enough that I actually look forward to taking a gel,” says Alicia.

Look for Peanut Butter GU Energy Gel or request this flavor at your local specialty running store.