Earlier this year I started working on an ultrarunning book that took the form of the Squirrel Wipe project. After about 40 posts, I more or less stopped as my clinic and travel schedule picked up.The project has been in limbo for awhile.
I’ve spent several months talking to various people in the running community and assessed the need for another ultrarunning book. The response was lukewarm. People that already run ultras really don’t need a “how-to” book. People that are interested in ultras usually have a pretty good network of friends that supply them with the information. Also, they tend to involve themselves in the world of ultras as volunteers, crew members, and pacers.
I DID find there was a greater need for a more basic book about trail running. Because of that assessment, I shifted focus from the ultra book to a trail running book. So far, I have about half of the book written. I’m anticipating a finish date of October 1st with the book going on sale shortly after.
I’ll be taking the same basic self-publishing approach I used for The Barefoot Running Book. The initial version will only be available as a pdf. If sales are adequate, I’ll produce a dead tree version and ebook reader-specific version shortly after.
Since it’s still a work in progress, I’m open to topic suggestions. Non-trail runners, what information would you like to know about trail running? Trail runners- what information do you think is important for new trail runners to know?
Please share your input in the comments section!