Why We Love It: We loved this memoir by Emily Pifer, former collegiate track and field runner for Ohio University. Emily chronicles her journey in developing an eating disorder while on the team, and how a culture of ‘thinner is better’ can insidiously spread amongst teammates. Her writing style is unique, and really draws you into the inner workings of a mind overcome by anorexia nervosa. The book is at the same time heartbreaking, when she describes the mental and physical ramifications of starvation, and hopeful, as she chronicles her recovery and acceptance of a new, healthier body. This a must-read for all runners, and a reminder that there is no such thing as a ‘running body’. The best and most durable runners have bodies that are nourished, and this can look different on everyone. We need to keep instilling this important message from the ground up.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/60557289