May is Mental Health Awareness Month so I decided to highlight a book which touches upon mental health and encourages joyful daily adventures that lead to long-term health and happiness. Last month’s book (Bravey, by Alexi Pappas) also has a lot of discussion around mental health so if you haven’t yet, check it out!
This book was my first introduction to the Roches two years ago. I am still a newbie in the trail running community and reading the book has only grown my appreciation for it.
The book is organized into two sections.
In the first one, coaches Megan and David open up on their personal journey through success, failure, mental health, or relationship challenges. They approach these tough but important topics with both compassion, empathy or humor as appropriate. Their dog Addie joins the conversation, IN ALL CAPS, bringing all of her joyful and hilarious love.
The second part of the book reads more as a classic training book, describing the coaching philosophy that they have developed for Some Work, All Play: joyful running, strides to improve running economy, self-belief, shooting your shots while avoiding burnout or injury, and of course PIZZA 🍕🍕🍕