Should you ever write a book that’s a self-proclaimed “fitness revolution,” here’s how you should promote it:
- Set up an alert for words in your book’s title, so that you know whenever a blog mentions your book (or another book whose title sounds like yours).
- Even if a mention is unrelated to your book, leave an out-of-context comment that contributes nothing but plugs your own book.
- Leave another comment insulting the blog author’s diet and that of many of the blog’s readers.
It appears that’s what Fred Hahn, author of The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: The Slow Motion Exercise that Will Change Your Body in 30 Minutes a Week did on No Meat Athlete! On my post reviewing Stu Mittleman’s Slow Burn, an unrelated book, Fred left us the following pair of most insightful comments:
You might like my book The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution. A shameless plug I know but if you’re looking to really burn fat and get fit with science based information and what to eat, try it. (link removed)
Oh – and I hate to say it but if you stay off all meat for too long your health and lean mass will suffer. I say this because even without knowing you, I care. But if you’re eating fish and eggs you’ll be ok. Not optimal, but ok.
Thanks, Fred! And it’s great to know that it’s because you care, not because you want to sell books. I’ll get right on changing my diet, and the first thing I do after I start eating animals again will be to let Scott Jurek, arguably the world’s best ultramarathoner, and pro Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier know just what their socially-conscious diets are costing them — lean mass! Who couldn’t use 10 or 20 more pounds of lean mass to haul around during the last few miles of a marathon or a 100-miler? Just look at all the mass on the Kenyans who dominate the sport of distance running — they’re practically beasts! And really, isn’t that what we’re all after, and certainly what my blog is all about? It’s not about energy, endurance, fulfillment, or choosing not to eat animals, or eating in a manner that’s good for the planet. It’s all about mass! Lean, massive, mass!
If Fred’s book weren’t so revolutionary, I’d be tempted to disregard his advice. But looking back on the course of modern fitness, I can really see two distinct periods: before this book I’ve never heard of came out, and after this book I’ve never heard of came out. What are we waiting for? Let’s all start eating animals and join “the revolution”!
In other news…
Only two days left until I run my first 50K! My friend and Running Shorts co-contributor Megan asked me today if I was ready, and it kind of hit me that I really haven’t thought much about it. Which is weird, considering 31 miles is five more than I’ve ever done at a time. But somehow it seems so different. Trail running has been so much fun and not at all stressful on my body. It really feels like just another fun run with friends. I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune after about 25 miles, but I just don’t anticipate this being some killer test of endurance. The course is actually three loops of just over ten miles each, so if anything goes wrong, there’s always a bailout. That might be contributing to the lack of stress I’m feeling about it. On top of all that, I’m hitting an extremely busy two weeks or so of school, culminating in my oral qualifying exam next Friday, so a lot of my focus and energy has been on that, with running really far serving as a welcome reprieve.
So am I ready? I have no reason to think otherwise; 20 miles last week was no problem. I’m going to take it easy and just enjoy the trails and the company, and look forward to some warm soup and cold beer at the end.
I’ll be sure let you know how it goes, as well as how a new brand of athletic recovery socks called SIGVARIS works out afterward. They sent me a pair to review, and not one, but two pairs to give away to you fine readers! Look for the review and giveaway this weekend or early next week.