C is for Chafing


Whether you’re a child, a child at heart, or just childish, you’ll enjoy C is for Chafing–a kid-friendly running book that covers the good (E is for Endorphins) the bad (B is for Blister), and the ugly (O is for “Oh, No…”). With 26 gorgeous color illustrations, C is for Chafing offers a fun and funny look at the sport, from A to Z, as only a longtime runner could provide. Words by Mark Remy, a veteran of 21 marathons and author of The Runner’s Rule Book (Rodale, 2009) and The Runner’s Field Manual (Rodale, 2010); artwork by Eric Cash.

Softcover: 8.5 x 8.5 inches; 66 pages
Published: November 25, 201

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Want a personalized copy, signed by the author? Please click here to order from Mark’s new website,


My first two books are The Runner’s Rule Book (Rodale, 2009), and The Runner’s Field Manual (Rodale, 2010).

I’m not going to lie to you. They are both excellent.

At race expos and so forth, people often ask me, “What’s the difference between the two?” It’s a fair question. The best way I’ve learned to describe the difference is to explain that the Rule Book tells you things, while the Field Manual shows you things.

For instance: The Rule Book tells you that “Nonrunners Don’t Care That Much About Your Running” (Rule 1.48); the Field Manual shows you the most courteous way to toss an old sweatshirt at the start of a race. (In a graceful arc.)

Other key differences:

  • The Rule Book is more of an etiquette, “dos and don’ts” sort of book, while the Field Manual is more of a practical guide.
  • The Rule Book has a much breezier, chunkier format, with lots of white space; the Field Manual is more “texty.”
  • The Rule Book is red; the Field Manual is green. Important distinction.

What they have in common — or so I like to think — is that they both contain actual information and advice, but without taking themselves too seriously.  (Given how funny I’ve found most runners to be, I’ve never understood why most books about running are so earnest and dry.) Also, they both are meant to appeal both to total newbies as well as to longtime runners.

Again, so I like to think.

Here’s a bit more detail on each of my books, including links to buy ’em.

The Runner’s Rule Book


Every sport has rules. Running is no exception. If you’re curious, just visit the Web site of USA Track & Field, the sport’s governing body, where you’ll find detailed dictates on everything from disqualification to bib-number placement to the caliber of the starter’s pistol.

But what about the everyday rules of running? The unspoken ones that pertain to the lingo, behavior, and etiquette that every seasoned runner seems to know and every newbie needs to learn? Veteran runner Mark Remy provides answers to these very questions and many more in The Runner’s Rule Book.

Inside you’ll find:

Rule 1.18
Farmer’s Blow \ fär-merz blo \ n: a process by which one clears a nostril of mucus by pinching shut the opposing nostril and exhaling forcefully [syn: Snot Rocket]

Rule 2.32
Because being outkicked by Elmo is too much to bear.

Rule 3.1
They aren’t sneakers, or tennis shoes, or kicks, or trainers (sorry, Brits). They are running shoes. So call them that.

…and many, many more.

With 100+ rules that cover the basics of running, racing, track etiquette, and apparel and gear, including hilarious running commentary on running culture, The Runner’s Rule Book will be the reference guide you’ll turn to again and again for answers to your burning running questions.

176 pages
Rodale Books (October 13, 2009)

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Barnes & Noble

Want a personalized copy, signed by the author? Please click here to order from Mark’s new website,

The Runner’s Field Manual


Hot on the heels of 2009’s popular The Runner’s Rule Book comes another indispensable guide from Mark Remy.

Whether you run in the city or on trails, in races or just for fun, you’ll find The Runner’s Field Manual loaded with practical advice and how-to instruction. As funny as it is useful, this volume covers everything from Dealing With Drivers to Toenail Maintenance, and explores in explicit detail…

• Urban: The Blackberry-transfixed businessman
• Suburban: The bored, angry dog
• Trail: The mountain biker who has watched too many Mountain Dew commercials

• The Reef Knot: The only knot you need to know
• Barefoot Running: Crazy? Or just insane?
• The Trash Bag Poncho: Three steps to ultra-cheap rainwear

• Finding the Damn Thing: Not always so easy
• Navigating the Aid Station: Pinch the cup
• Finish Line Vomit: Hey, it happens
. . . and much, much more. Full of charts, illustrations, and more than a few laughs, The Runner’s Field Manual is the perfect reference for anyone who loves to run—or wants to learn how.

224 pages
Rodale Books (October 12, 2010)

Buy it!
Barnes & Noble


One thought on “Books

  1. K Stevens says:

    I have BOTH books and re-read them prior to big races….or when I need a good laugh. And have referred many new runners to these books. Will the new book have an *exception* to rule 2.32 in regards to costumed runners? I’ve gotten faster, but certainly was passed by a few costumed runners in a Halloween race this weekend.

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