Grant High School Cross Country Coach Doug Winn writes the Quirkiest Running Book Ever

Run Oregon gets a lot of email – you’d be amazed how many people living in other countries want to write content for our website for free! As long as we promise to give them our first born and our bank routing number. But we also get a number of emails from local runners and businesses telling us about some cool news related to local running. We received one such email this week from Grant High School Cross Country Coach Doug Winn, who has just written a running book called HappyFast Running. The post below is the information from Winn – if you’d like to support his efforts and read a running book by a local runner, the purchase information is at the bottom of the post.

It’s a book to help runners have a fun and sustainable running life. My emphasis is on mindfulness. I offer strategies to build in daily habits that lead to success. With greater self-awareness, runners can routinely perform an audit on themselves assessing their ability to tend healthy boundaries and to include creativity in their lives.

The book is divided into three parts. The first section gives advice to adult runners specifically delineating uncommon ways to recover, plus nutrition, weight control, running form, training, and racing strategies. It also includes tips for injury prevention and treatment, along with strength exercises that are particularly well-suited for runners. The second section features my running autobiography along with some comments by my son, Daniel Winn, currently a professional runner. In the last section I offer tips for coaches in which I sprinkle in advice for runners of all ages.

It’s safe to say that HappyFast Running is unlike any other running book. My experience as a Masters Runner of the Year and Coach of the Year has been distilled into some new techniques you’ve never read anywhere else. HappyFast Running addresses such issues as gender equality and orientation as well as race and class issues. It also addresses deep existential questions—something most readers wouldn’t expect in a running book. I continually point the reader toward more self-awareness as a tool in order to have a happier running life. My underlying message is, “It’s OK to really love this life.”

I like to think that it’s a fun read, too, not just page after page of psychobabble. Plus there are enough wacky ideas mixed in to keep things lively.

Anyone who wishes to buy a copy of the book ($10 plus $2 shipping) can contact me at

Thanks for sending us this great news, Doug!

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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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