President's Column - Rob Lillibridge


 “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book” - Groucho Marx.

I hope this letter finds you all well and you are enjoying the official summer season of 2021. It is the traditional time to select your line up of books for reading enjoyment while on vacation, at the beach or just retreating from the oppressive heat.

I have nothing on my list for this summer. I have spent more time purging my library and, the truth be told, I am not impressed by the selections provided by Runner’s World:

  • The Runner’s Kitchen, by Emma Cobern.

  • The Comeback Quotient: A get real guide to building mental fitness in sport & life, by Matt Fitzgerald.

  • The Genius of Athletes: what world class athletes knew that can change your life by Noel Brick, P&D Scott Douglas.

Do not get me wrong, I have always enjoyed “how to” books that can improve my running performance but this summer I would rather sit back and live events vicariously.

If you want my suggestion, then I would share with you some books from my library:

  • Run At Destruction: by Lynda Drews. A fatal love triangle involving members of a running club with the classic dead wife in the bathtub. This all takes place in Green Bay WI area around the early 80’s and is based on a true story. “Lust, murder and obsession delivered with the beat of a runner’s heart”. (I knew of some of the people named in this book from the running community when we lived in Green Bay.)

  • Spaghetti Every Friday: by Bob Fletcher, the story of running 50 marathons in 50 weeks. It is a good story, well more like a semi-diary, of his quest. (My running partner from Illinois moved to Texas and hung out with this guy.)  Not a “how to” more like a “how not to” but a fun read for runners.

  • Any book written by George Sheehan. I just loved the folksy wisdom and quotations that only a cardiologist with a runner’s heart could create. I understand he was considered the philosopher of the recreational running movement in the 70’s & 80’s and lived here in NJ. (I bet if you ask Barb, she has a picture with him taken from some event.)


So those are my three suggestions. I would loan them to you, but I have already boxed them up and put them in storage. But I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Dr Sheehan:


“The true runner is a very fortunate person. He has found something to him that is just perfect.”


Be safe out there and happy summer.