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Henry

henry@books.theunseen.city

Joined 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Runner, artist, musician, book nerd & privacy advocate. Owner of Techlore & co-host of Surveillance Report.

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8% complete! Henry has read 2 of 24 books.

Daniels' running formula (2013, Human Kinetics) 4 stars

Alright, but not much new info for advanced runners

4 stars

It was a nice refresher read, with occasional bits of wisdom that were useful. With that said, not much in this book was very new information to me, as my own training seems to closely align with much of the book already.

Additionally, some recommendations aren’t really grounded in real science - like him recommending to land on your heels, especially on downhills? (What?!) And most importantly the 180spm figure which is a bizarre recommendation, given it’s based on the step count of elites mid-race. Why does the step count of elites mid-race being an average of 180spm mean anything to a novice runner on an easy day?

First, it’s an average. So there is natural variance amongst athletes. Second, we know SPM increases as pace increases - so a race environment isn’t representative of any running pace aside from the pace of the athletes running in that specific race. …

commented on Daniels' running formula by Jack Daniels

Daniels' running formula (2013, Human Kinetics) 4 stars

Somewhat misleading and incorrect assumptions being made on the whole 180spm figure Daniel’s uses.

Elites with a stride rate of 180spm mid-competition doesn’t really speak to anything about what a lower level athlete should be doing in their training. He also suggests a mid to rear-foot land which goes against a lot of other modern science.

commented on Daniels' running formula by Jack Daniels

Daniels' running formula (2013, Human Kinetics) 4 stars

His rules of running:

1) every runner has specific individual abilities

2) a runners focus must stay positive

3) expect ups and downs

4) be flexible in training

5) set intermediate goals

6) training should be rewarding

7) eat and sleep well

8) don’t train when sick or injured

9) chronic health issues should be checked by a professional

10) a good run or race is never a fluke

Walden (Paperback, 2018, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) 4 stars

Henry Thoreau's "Walden" is a book about escaping from civilization in order to embrace your …

Ahead of its time & beyond thought-provoking!

5 stars

The emotions while I read this book were bouncing around the room.

One chapter has me yelling in agreement with Thoreau on his pro-animal stances toward hunting and dieting. The next on minimalism - inspiring me to gather more things I no longer need to donate. The next makes me put the book down to be high on nature. The next makes me rethink civil obedience and give up all I’m doing to commit to being my truest self with no external influences.

No review I am able to give can properly outline how impactful this book has been on the way I see the world. The philosophies are still ever true today, and Thoreau’s definition of “dull man” still appears to be the overwhelming majority of society today - all busy slaving away for the objects and powers that only serve to trap and control them.

Excellent read, all …

Walden (Paperback, 2018, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) 4 stars

Henry Thoreau's "Walden" is a book about escaping from civilization in order to embrace your …

Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a really free and enlightened State, until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. I please myself with imagining a State at last which can afford to be just to all men, and to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own repose, if a few were to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors and fellow-men. A State which bore this kind of fruit, and suffered it to drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for a still more perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yet anywhere seen.

Walden by  (Page 292)

Closing words

Walden (Paperback, 2018, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) 4 stars

Henry Thoreau's "Walden" is a book about escaping from civilization in order to embrace your …

When I converse with the freest of my neighbors, I perceive that, whatever they may say about the magnitude and seriousness of the question, and their regard for the public tranquillity, the long and the short of the matter is, that they cannot spare the protection of the existing government, and they dread the consequences of disobedience to it to their property and families. For my own part, I should not like to think that I ever rely on the protection of the State. But, if I deny the authority of the State when it presents its tax-bill, it will soon take and waste all my property, and so harass me and my children without end. This is hard. This makes it impossible for a man to live honestly and at the same time comfortably in outward respects. It will not be worth the while to accumulate property; that would be sure to go again. You must hire or squat somewhere, and raise but a small crop, and eat that soon. You must live within yourself, and depend upon yourself, always tucked up and ready for a start, and not have many affairs.

Walden by  (Page 281)