Books I have found useful and inspiring. They say that knowledge is power. And I firmly believe this!
- I can not brag on this journal enough. I used it during my Nashville marathon training and qualified for Boston. I’m not saying it was all the journals doing but it def has some serious motivation in it!
- The Big Book of Marathon Training by Runner’s World This book has been a staple in most of my training cycles. It’s absolutely perfect for the beginner or more advanced runner. It breaks everything down for you from fueling to recovery. I used this method and part of Advanced Marathoning to qualify for Boston so I know this works.
- ChiRunning teaches you how to run with proper form with the slight forward lean and really learning how to listen to your body’s cues. Perfect for the beginner or advanced runner. The cool thing about Chi Running is this author is based out of Asheville, NC (only 30 minutes from where I live aka: runners mecca) and has presented workshops locally on the sport. I’ve never attended one but it’s on my list of things to do.
Run Less, Run Faster by Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, and Ray Moss
- I have been using this book for the current training year (2012) and this plan has definitely improved my time! I went from a 27:07 PR 5k to a 24:02 PR 5k in less than 6 months! (*update 21:47 Turkey Trot 2014) Definitely worth the read. I would NOT recommend this one for total beginners. You want to have solid base mileage in before you begin any program in here. But they go over all that with you in the beginning chapters.
“In Hansons Marathon Method, the coaches of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project reveal their innovative marathon training program that has helped thousands of runners become true marathoners and smash their personal bests.” Currently using for my fall marathon training. I like that you learn to truly run long on fatigued legs. This training method is nearly brilliant.
- This method is tough. Higher mileage, longer weekly runs and lots of marathon pace training during the long runs. This running schedule is tough especially if you don’t have the spare time to fit it all in. I started this training plan and only made it a few weeks realizing it didn’t fit my current schedule. I’m hoping to return to this method in 2018. I feel like having a few midweek longer runs with marathon pace during the long run helped me when I did utilize this method.
The Lore Of Running by Tim Noakes, MD aka: the great runner’s Bible. This book tends to read like a text book, but it contains a wealth of information. Great for the running “nerd”. Find the Runner’s World book review HERE.
Inspiration:Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, ‘Superathletes’, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall If this doesn’t make you wanna get up and run… Find his blog HERE.
Behind the Wall to the Boston Marathon by Bill O’Shields a story of redemption from prison life through the power of running.
- Time Trials by Eric Smith
- Running for Women by Kara Goucher Love her and her book! Anytime I need a boost of encouragement or just need to get pumped up about running again I open this book. Her enthusiasm for the sport is contagious and she writes in such a way that you feel like YOU can accomplish anything. Her tips and favorite quotes throughout are practical and useful. Oh, and she totally knows what it’s like to be a mother runner!
- Mind Gym is a must. I keep it on my coffee table for when I need a boost. It is full of tips and tricks for the mind. We work out our bodies religiously, but neglect the mind and spirit way too much.
- Marathon Man Bill Rodgers and Matthew Sheptin This book is incredible. He tells his story in such a captivating and inspiring way. It will make you say, I’m going to get up and run. His humor throughout will keep you in good spirits.
- Run Fast Eat Slow by Olympian Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky Run recipes with whole foods. THIS is the way our bodies were meant to be fueled. Some of the recipes I found to be a little challenging but I honestly loved the way I felt after. Taking the time to care for your body is worth every recipe. My personal favorite treat was the Superhero Muffins! They are perfect for a pre-run eat.
- Racing Weight Cookbook by Matt Fitzgerald If you hate to cook then this book is for you. Fitzgerald keeps it simple, easy and fast to whip up basic dishes to fuel the athletes body.
These books out of all the books I’ve read have been the most valuable to me personally. I’d encourage you to devour each and every one.
- Unbeatable Mind by Mark Divine forge mental toughness and succeed at an elite level.
- Elite Minds by Stan Beecham Creating the competitive advantage.
- How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald “Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscle”
- Run Like a Champion by Alan Culpepper An Olympian’s approach for every runner.
Do you have any books to add to this list? Do you read running related material?
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