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Gear Review, Running

Running Books

This post is long overdue as many people have requested me to write are running books I’m reading or have read.  There are hundreds of running books out there and no one can ever read them all.

running books

Of course, we have to start with “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall.  Born to Run is the running book every runner has asked another runner if they have read. It’s a great book and I highly recommend starting there. Plus Christopher McDougall has a new book coming out soon called: Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero.

Right now, I’m currently reading North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek. As an avid hiker and someone who enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail, this has been on my running book “to do list” for a while.

Whether you are just beginning your running journey, long-distance ultra runner, professional runner, training for the Boston Marathon, or looking for a training book to stay injury-free, there are plenty of running books out there.

Here a few Running Books I’ve Read and Enjoyed:

There are obviously many more running books and I appreciate any suggestions.

Broken Open: Mountains, Demons, Treadmills And a Search for Nirvana by David Clark

C is for Chafing by Mark Remy

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

Inside a Marathon by Scott Fable

Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory by Deena Kastor

Life Is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance by Matt Fitzgerald

Marathon Man: My 26.2-Mile Journey from Unknown Grad Student to the Top of the Running World

My Life on the Run by Bart Yasso

My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen Miller (Jen is local to South Jersey!)

Run the Mile You’re In: Finding God in Every Step by Ryan Hall

Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi

Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside With Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, And The University Of Colorado Men’s Cross Country Team by Chris Lear

The Passion Paradox: A Guide to Going All In, Finding Success, and Discovering the Benefits of an Unbalanced Life by Brad Stulburg

The Runners Rule Book by Mark Remy

Running Books that are Related to Training and Training Plans:

80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster By Training Slower by Matt Fitzgerald (I *personally* think one of the best running books I’ve read).

Brain Training for Runners: A Revolutionary New Training System to Improve Endurance, Speed, Health and Results by Matt Fitzgerald

How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscle by Matt Fitzgerald

Run Faster: How to be your own best coach by Matt Fitzgerald

Train Like a Mother: How to get across any finish line – and not lose your family, job or sanity by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell

Running Books Related to Nutrition:

The Athlete’s Fix: A Program for Finding Your Best Foods for Performance and Health by Pip Taylor

Run Fast. East Slow. by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky

The Runner’s World Vegetarian Cookbook by Heather Mayer Irvine

If reading running books isn’t your thing, many are also available on audible and in audiobook format. In a previous post, I rounded up several running podcasts I enjoy listening too as well.

Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport. 

Question for you: What are some of your favorite running books? 


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Running, Running Reads

Running Books I’m Reading

Since relocating to Alabama, I’ve had a lot of time to catch up on various books I’ve wanted to read.  Personally, I like to read nonfiction, and as a runner, I enjoy reading running-related books.  When I have time, I like reading biographies as well, but that is a post for another day.

Of course, most runners have read “Born to Run” but here the books I’ve read in the last few weeks.  I’m not being paid to promote any of these books.  All of these are short, easy reads.

Mock Olympian:

mock Olympian book

The Mock Olympian is about a  man who decided to race in every summer Olympic city between the years of 2012 – 2016.  He went from partying in college to racing.  It’s an inspirational story with witty humor and challenges any runner has probably faced.

You can also follow Micheal on Twitter here.  He tweets plenty of updates and witty posts.

Running to Leadville:

running to leadville book

This was written by a very good friend of mine, Brian.  Running to Leadville is a story about a runner who finds himself and his love of running, only to lose nearly everything.

While the primary focus is running, there is a lot of personal life and the daily struggles as well as love and romance too.

November Project:

I received a signed copy of the November Project book during the Runner’s World Race Festival Weekend.

November Project
November Project, Brogan, said: “Be Serious” and I was just awkward…

I also was able to attend my first November Project workout there and was sore for days after (that could be because I also raced a 5k and half marathon ;).

Anyways, with my downtime, I was able to read the book, and I wish I had sooner!  The book itself is hilarious and short, easy, fun and engaging read.  It talks about how November Project was founded, workouts and you can do and basically convinces you to #justshowup.

Road to Sparta:

Road to Sparta Dean Karnazes.

The Road to Sparta is the story of how the marathon was created and 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta.  Dean Karnazes, himself, honors Pheidppides by running the entire journey.

What I found fascinating is that Karnazes doesn’t use any of the modern sports nutrition like gels or gu.  He fuels himself for this 153 mile run on figs and olives.

I also met Dean at the Runners World Festival and was lucky enough to be part of his book launch.  In fact, he said I was the first person’s book he signed!  We were able to listen to him talk first hand about recreating the entire journey and the struggles he faced.  I *almost* want to do a longer run (long being 15 miles) using only olives or figs to fuel.

Road to Sparta Dean Karnazes.

So now that I’ve finished those four, I’m looking for any more recommendations.  If you choose to read any of them let me know, they are all great and exciting reads.

Questions for you:

Have you read any interesting books lately?

What is your favorite way to fuel a long run?