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Huge List of Best Running Books and Movies

I'm trying to come up with a complete list.  Let me know if you know of any to add to the list.  Currently 44 movies and 162 books.  (Finally got over 200 total)


Order of thislist






Nutrition/Weight Training/Injury

Biographies and Novels



Running the Sahara (2010)

WithCharlie Engle, narrated by Matt Damon.  4300 miles in 111 days, enduringtemperatures up to 140 degrees.

Ultramarathon Man: 50 Marathons-50States-50 Days

It'sDean Karnazes again.  The title is pretty self-explanatory.

The Runner: Extreme Ultrarunner DavidHorton

FollowsDave as he runs over 40 miles a day for 66 days trying to set the speed recordfor the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.

Running on the Sun (1999)

Followsthe 1999 Badwater race.  Goes into the lives of some of the competitorsand what motivated them to get there.

Onthe Edge (1985)

Aonce-promising runner who was unfairly banned from amateur competition twentyyears ago sets out to recapture his lost glory and begins to train for one ofthe toughest races in America, the Cielo Sea.


Achampion marathoner leads a double life as a serial bank robber, sprintingbetween fixes (and away from police cavalcades) as many as three times a day. Alean, visceral study of pathological compulsion from Austrian director BenjaminHeisenberg, featuring a riveting central performance by Andreas Lust (Munich).

RunningAmerica (2010)

CharlieEngle and Marshall Ulrich run from San Francisco to New York.

Spirit of the Marathon (2007)

Followssix people that train for and race the 2007 Chicago Marathon.

1000 Miles Under the Colorado Sky

Followsthe training and racing of Anton Krupicka.

The Dipsea Demon

A96 year old man runs the 2nd oldest footrace in America, the grueling Dipsearace, for a world record 68 consecutive times. An American original, he haslived alone all his life on his 400-acre homestead in the Sierra Nevadafoothills with no running water, electricity or house.

Trail Running

DVDon trail running with Dave McMahon and Ray Zahab.

A Race for the Soul

Documentarycovering the Western States race.

Chariots of Fire

Theheroes are an unlikely pair of young athletes who ran for Great Britain in the1924 Paris Olympics: devout Protestant Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a divinitystudent whose running makes him feel closer to God, and Jewish Harold Abrahams(Ben Cross), a highly competitive Cambridge student who has to surmount theinstitutional hurdles of class prejudice and anti-Semitism.

Jericho Mile

RainMurphy is a man sentenced to life in prison, choosing to do his time innear-isolation, and engages in distance running when given the opportunity forfree-time. While his form and speed capture the attention of prison officialswho believe he could be competitive for the Olympics, Murphy expressesdisinterest. But when the one man he has befriended is taken advantage of bypolitical groups within the prison, Murphy decides to pursue the opportunitypresented to him in his memory. This action not only has profound changes onhim, but also on the atmosphere of the inmates in the prison and their outlookon the accomplishments he can make.

Running Brave

Storyof Billy Mills in the 1964 Olympic 10,000m


It'sthe true-life story of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine, the exciting andsometimes controversial "James Dean of Track," whose spirit capturedthe heart of the nation! Cocky, charismatic, and tough, "Pre" was arunning rebel who defied rules, pushed limits ... and smashed records ... in anincredible against-all-odds quest for Olympic gold!

Without Limits

Thefilm follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youthdays in Oregon to Oregon University where he worked with the legendary coachBill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a carcrash.

Fire on the Track

FireOn the Track is the story of this young lion's life, as told through rarefootage and the memories of those who knew him best - his teammates, coaches,family and friends. Interviews include David Bedford, Frank Shorter, IanStewart, Bill Bowerman, Jeff Galloway, Dick Buerkle, Lasse Viren, Dana Carvey,Mac Wilkins, Kenny Moore, Dave Wottle, Alberto Salazar, and many more.

Acrossthe Tracks

Thoughthis movie is slightly cheesy, and obviously neither Brad nor Ricky's bestwork, it is very entertaining nonetheless. Brad Pitt as a track star...need Isay any more? And Ricky Schroeder as a troubled youth looking to make a freshstart...brilliant. The best part of the movie is the drunk scene (if you watchit you'll know what I mean), which can be reenacted over and over with yourfriends for hours and hours of guaranteed hilarity.

Run Reckless

Amotivational documentary that will give you great insight into the dailyoutlook, mindset and madness of a professional runner to help you get to thatnext level. 2-time Olympian Anthony Famiglietti gives you an inside look atwhat it takes to become one of the best runners in the world.

Four Minutes

Starringlegendary actor Christopher Plummer (THE INSIDER, A BEAUTIFUL MIND) and JamieMaclachlan as Sir Roger Bannister -- you and your family will cheer on thisamazing account of a gifted runner's triumph! After Mount Everest was conqueredin 1953, the last great individual challenge remained the four-minute mile.While many sought to break through the most famous barrier in sporting history,it was medical student and driven amateur Roger Bannister who did it --astounding the world. Written by renowned sportswriter Frank Deford -- don'tmiss one second of this remarkable achievement, both on and off the track.

The Four Minute Mile

TheFour Minute Mile is the compelling story of RogerBannister and his rivals, the runners who shared his dream and pursued it withunrelenting tenacity. It was a quest for athletic immortality that spannedeight years, three continents and captivated a post-war world avidly seekingnew heroes.

Dr. Nicholas Romanov’s Pose Method ofRunning

Learninghow to run doesn't get any simpler! The Pose Running DVD contains all theinformation you need to understand what running is and how to learn to run theright way! Used by everyone from amateur runners to Olympic & National teammembers of USA, Great Britain, Russia and Mexico. Dr. Nicholas Romanov, theRussian sport science professor and British National Triathlon team coach,teaches you how to run easier, faster, safer with his pioneering Pose Method® ofRunning Video.

RunSmart: Fast, Efficient andInjury-Free Running

ThisDVD is a drill and exercise guide to fast, efficient, and injury free running.Efficiency is the missing piece to a significant portion of every runnerstraining program. Improving your efficiency will yield faster running at thesame effort. The human body is similar to a race car: you can have a big,powerful engine, but the pistons are not firing properly, the engine isuseless. Just like a race car, a tune up to determine the efficiency of yourmovement can ensure a finely tuned machine! The information on this DVD willprovide you with drills and exercises that promote fast, efficient, and injuryfree running.

Run for Your Life

Bostonmay have done it first, but the way Run For Your Life tells it, it wasthe New York City Marathon that put the idea of the big city road race on themap, in the process adding immeasurably to the popularity of running ingeneral. When it began in 1970, the New York event consisted of four circuitsaround Central Park, where a few hundred participants shared the roadway withbaby carriages and hansom cabs. In 1976, when the race expanded to include allfive of the city’s boroughs, it attracted some 2,000 athletes, includingOlympians Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers.

The Long Green Line

Crosscountry isn't a glamor sport, but that doesn't mean you should run away fromThe Long Green Line. Cross country, which involves teams of runners traversinghill and dale for points, doesn't attract a lot of attention, but there aregreat stories to tell; this documentary is more about the people who run thanabout the sport in which they compete. Its focus is legendary coach Joe Newtonand his York High School program, from neophyte freshmen recruited from thehalls of the Elmhurst school to Newton, arguably the greatest high school coachin the country, regardless of sport.

Evolution Running: Run Faster With FewerInjuries

Forthe past decade, African runners have dominated distance running at its highestlevels. Research on what makes these runners faster consistently demonstratesnormal VO2 Max and lactate threshold levels for elite runners. Their height,weight, and limb-length ratios all fall into the normal category. Clearly andconsistently, what sets the great African runners apart is that they are moreefficient than their competitors, running faster without expending more energy.Experts in running economy agree that running barefoot through childhoodcontributes significantly to the extraordinary economy of these athletes. We'renot suggesting that you run barefoot. We are suggesting that you take the timeand effort to learn the techniques that may be more natural running barefoot,and implement them into your shoe-running technique.

Running-The BK Method

FIVEHOURS OF CONTENT-2 DISK SET!An advanced running technique is presented based onthe application of knowledge gained from anatomy and biomechanics. You will gettremendous insight into how different muscles work together as well as aloneduring running. Extensive information is given on the structure and function ofthe most important muscles. Topics include start and acceleration, high-speedand efficient running. This takes into account differences in backgrounds andinterests of runners. Information on technique is provided on two levels. Level1 assumes that the reader has no prior knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics.Complicated principles are explained clearly without in-depth discussion ofhuman anatomy. Level 2 assumes a basic knowledge of anatomy and some insightinto biomechanical principles in as far as they are relevant to running.

100 Miles to 40

The WesternStates Endurance Run is an ultra-marathon that starts near Squaw Valley,California and winds 100 miles through the Sierra Nevada mountains along an oldgold mining trail.

Competitorsface 100+ degree heat, 18,000 feet of elevation gain, and the dangers ofrunning in the dead of night.

Yiannis Kouros-Forever Running

ForeverRunning gives an in-depth look at the life and philosophy of the legendaryYiannis Kouros, known as the "Running God," "Golden Greek,""Pheidippides' Successor," and as the "Master of Pain."Kouros holds records from 100 miles to 1,000 miles, from 200 km to 1,600 km,and from 1 day to 10 days.

Saint Ralph

An inspiring story about the unlikely story of Ralph Walker,a ninth grader who outran everyone's expectations except his own in his boldquest of trying to win the 1954 Boston Marathon. Ralph is a fatherless14-year-old with a seriously ill mother, who knows he's a time bomb waiting toexplode into greatness, except that he has no idea where that greatness willmanifest itself. An unfortunate incident of self-abuse in the community poolinadvertently sets him on this road when, as penance, Ralph is conscripted tothe cross-country team. Desperate to believe a miracle will bring his motherout of a coma, Ralph becomes a convert to the church of running, and determinesto win the Boston Marathon.

The Runner

MeetItalian Marco Olmo, Ultra runner and defending champion as he spends a yeartraining for what may be his final race, Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc. Startinghis running at age 27, he is now more than double that age and still bringinghome more hardware on each outing. By day he works as a driver in a quarry, andother times he can be found in the remote areas around his town putting in themiles. His wife, Renata, is his support team and sounding board. She appears tobe the one who knows Marco the best, if anyone can say that they know him atall.

5000 Meters: Nothing Comes Easy

Everyfour years, the world of track and field focuses on one event, and in 2004, thefocus was on Athens. Across the U.S., runners dreamed of representing theircountry, competing against the best, and being an Olympian.

FiveThousand Meters: Nothing Comes Easy chronicles the quest of nine runnersattempting to make the team in the 5k.

Run, Fatboy, Run

Onhis wedding day, London lay-about Dennis (Pegg, who co-wrote with Michael IanBlack) deserts his pregnant fiancée, Libby (Crash's Thandie Newton), secondsbefore the ceremony. Crippling insecurity--which remains unexplored--preventshim from finishing anything ("Not even a sentence," Libby quips).Flash-forward five years, and he's a loving dad to son Jake (the charmingMatthew Fenton), but sports a small potbelly, smokes too much and entertains noambition beyond his job as security guard at a high-end boutique. Fortunately,he has friends, like gambler Gordon (Shaun of the Dead co-star Dylan Moran) andavuncular landlord Mr. Ghoshdashtidar (Harish Patel). Fit American financierWhit (Huff's Hank Azaria) shakes up his routine when he starts seeing Libby. Towin her back, Dennis trains for the same 26-mile charity marathon as Whit. Noone believes he can make it to the end, and even Dennis has doubts, but truelove is a formidable motivator.

Runner’s High

Whenteenagers from one of the nation's toughest neighborhood in Oakland, Californiasign up to train for a marathon, they begin the journey of a lifetime. RunnersHigh is an intimate character driven documentary of struggle, courage, andhope. During a season filled with conflict and possibility, four of these teenbare their dreams, joys, tears and fears. As several stumble under pressure inemotionally charged moments, others realize the journey begins with the powerand commitment to accept responsibility for their own futures. Runners Highshows that no matter what happens next, one season of training to run 26.2miles can change your life forever.

The Olympic Series: Golden Moments1920-2002

ThisDVD is over 6 hours long, containing many of the outstanding performances,including Jesse Owens, Bob Beamon's magnificent world record breaking by nearly2 feet in the long jump at in 1968 in Mexico (Beamon broke down into a seizure,not believing what he had just done...the delay in the result was because thelength of his leap was beyond the measure of the equipment), Boxing's TeofiloStevens of Cuba, winning gold 3 times consecutively at the superheavyweight,Uganda's John Akii-Bua (RIP) becoming the first to run under 48 seconds at the400 meter hurdles, Lee Evans in 1968 becoming the first man under 44 seconds inthe 400 meters (the black power salutes by Tommy Smith and John Carlos are notleft out), Cuba's Alberto Juantorena becoming the first Cuban track goldmedallist when he won in (and first man ever with golds at both Olympicevents)both the 400 and 800 meters run. The list goes on and on.

Training for Track and Field: DistanceRunning

CoachJoe Walker presents a comprehensive distance running and cross country trainingprogram applicable to runners at any level! The program provides specificroutines for developing the complete distance runner without over training.Among the topics covered are: warm up routines, the diagonal run, hilltraining, interval training, circuit training and the principles of distancetraining. This DVD is a valuable resource for coaches and athletes looking togain the edge over the competition.

ChiRunning DVD: A Revolutionary Approachto Effortless, Injury-free Running

NEWEDITION! Practiced by thousands of runners, the ChiRunning technique is easy tolearn and takes the benefits of running beyond cardiovascular and aerobic byaddressing the needs of the whole person; joints and ligaments, body and soul.You'll learn to run using your highly efficient core muscles while relaxing therest of your body, allowing gravity to do the work instead of your legs. Usingprinciples of T'ai Chi, ChiRunning combines ancient wisdom with modern physicsto transform your running experience.

Marathon Challenge

Everyyear thousands of athletes from across the globe flock to Boston to run thecity s marathon, known worldwide as the ultimate test of stamina and endurance.But how do you run 26 miles if you have trouble making it around the block?With good coaching, discipline, and lots of group support, as NOVA shows whenit follows 13 sedentary people through a nine-month regimen designed to preparethem for the grueling Boston Marathon.

Building a Better Runner: Building fromthe Ground Up

ThisDVD contains over 80 minutes of content and over 100 different exercisesdesigned to improve strength, prevent injury and help athletes run faster. Thevast majority of the exercises require no equipment and can be done in a gym,on the track or even in a basement. The Preventive Exercises are designed toprevent injury in areas that are most problematic for runners, such as theplantar fascia, the patellar tendon and the iliotibial band. While we can'tguarantee that these exercises will prevent these injuries, there is no doubtthat anyone who adds these exercises to his or her weekly training regimen hasa better chance of running injury free.

Forrest Gump

TheAcademy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director Robert Zemeckis, and BestActor Tom Hanks, this unlikely story of a slow-witted but good-hearted mansomehow at the center of the pivotal events of the 20th century is a funny andheartwarming epic. Hanks plays the title character, a shy Southern boy in lovewith his childhood best friend (Robin Wright) who finds that his ability to runfast takes him places. As an All-Star football player he meets John F. Kennedy;as a soldier in Vietnam he's a war hero; and as a world champion Ping-Pongplayer he's hailed by Richard Nixon. Becoming a successful shrimp-boat captain,he still yearns for the love of his life, who takes a quite different and muchsadder path in life. The visual effects incorporating Hanks into existingnewsreel footage is both funny and impressive, but the heart of the film liesin its sweet love story and in the triumphant performance of Hanks as anunassuming soul who savors the most from his life and times.

Hood To Coast 2-Disc Special Edition DVD

Heartfelt,funny and inspiring, the documentary HOOD TO COAST follows four very differentteams on an epic journey to conquer the world's largest relay race. A67-year-old heart attack survivor returns to conquer the race that nearlykilled her, a family in mourning runs to honor the memory of their beloved, agroup of film animators test the limits of their athleticism (or lack thereof),and a group of aging jocks show they still know how to have a good time. Acelebration of personal determination and the power of family and friends, HOODTO COAST proves that you're never too old or too young to attempt theextraordinary. Variety called it "a Treat for the sports-minded andsports-phobic alike." Special Features include 95 minutes of Extras: 24Additional Scenes and 'Making Of' Featurette; "Where Are They Now?"Updates; Director's Commentary Panel Discussion featuring Bart Yasso of Runner'sWorld and Mary Decker Slaney

Fast Women

FastWomen follows four female runners from the same running club as they aspire toreach their goals. Fast Women shows what happens when four driven women followtheir dreams. Winner Best Documentary at the 2010 Mammoth Film Festival.

Running (1979, Michael Douglas)

Andropolissets his heart on representing his country at the Olympic games. Meanwhile hismarriage has fallen apart and his children have determination and hope that hissuccess will resolve his personal problems.

Marathon Man

JohnSchlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) directed this gripping, entertaining 1977thriller that centers on graduate student Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate,Tootsie). Hoffman plays a sullen and cowardly loner haunted by the suicide ofhis father, a suspected communist. He is drawn into a murky web ofinternational intrigue when his brother, CIA agent Doc Levy, played by Roy Scheider(Jaws, The French Connection), is murdered by a former Nazi (Laurence Olivier)who has come to the United States to reclaim a valuable stash of diamonds. Babe(Hoffman) must confront his fears of the past as he runs for his life and triesto avenge his brother's death at the same time. Featuring a classic torturesequence and a terrific cast that includes William Devane and Marthe Keller,this film written by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Allthe President's Men) stands as a great entertainment and as one of the seminalfilms of the 1970s.



Runner's World Best: Getting Started, bythe Editors of Runner’s World

GettingStarted provides beginning runners with everything they need to know to get offon the right foot. Full-color photographs demonstrate proper running techniqueand equipment. Runners learn how to incorporate interval, tempo, and Fartlektraining to achieve optimum performance from the start. Rounding out the volumeare cross-training suggestions, along with valuable tips on increasing speedand endurance.

Run: The Mind-Body Method of Running ByFeel, by Matt Fitzgerald

Drawingon new research on endurance sports, best-selling author Matt Fitzgeraldexplores the practices of elite runners to explain why their techniques can beeffective for all runners. RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feelwill help runners reach their full potential by teaching them how to trainin the most personalized and adaptable way.

Runner’s World Complete Book of Running,by Amby Burfoot

Withall the books on running available, deciding which one to buy is not easy. Lookno further; the subtitle says it all. Runner's World magazine's executiveeditor Burfoot had two objectives when producing this book: to gather the bestadvice possible and to present the information in a user-friendly manner.Burfoot definitely succeeds in producing an up-to-date, useful guide forrunning enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Every aspect of the sport iscovered, from nutrition, injuries, and women's running to speed/endurance,cross-training, mental preparation, and the marathon.

The Runner’s Handbook, by Bob Glover

Ifyou're a runner, or would like to be one, "The Runner's Handbook"will answer all your questions. Fitness expert Bob Glover - who has trainedthousands of runners - shows you how to devise a training program and keep atthe top of your form.

TheNon-Runner’s Marathon Guide for Women


Dawn Dais hatedrunning. And it didn't like her much, either. Her fitness routine consisted ofavoiding the stairs in her own house, because who really has the energy toclimb stairs? It was with this exercise philosophy firmly in place that she setoff to complete a marathon.
The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women is a fun training manual forwomen who don't believe that running is their biological destiny but who dreamof crossing the finish line nonetheless.


TheNon-Runner’s Marathon Trainer


Athlete. Runner.Marathoner. Are these words you wouldn't exactly use to describe yourself? Doyou consider yourself too old or too out of shape to run a marathon? Butsomewhere deep inside have you always admired the people who could reach downand come up with the mental and physical strength to complete such a dauntingand rewarding accomplishment? It doesn't have to be somebody else crossing thefinish line. You can be a marathoner.


Runner’sWorld: Run Less, Run Faster


Finally, runnersat all levels can improve their race times while training less, with therevolutionary Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (FIRST)program.

Hailed by the Wall Street Journal and featured twice in six months in coverstories in Runner's World magazine, FIRST's unique training philosophy makesrunning easier and more accessible, limits overtraining and burnout, andsubstantially cuts the risk of injury, while producing faster race times.


The Beginning Runner’s Handbook


At the core ofthis popular guide is "the program" — a 13-week walk/run plandesigned to turn anyone into a runner, without injury. Originally developed bysports medicine physicians and refined through three years of clinics andresponses from runners, it explains precisely how the beginner should trainevery day for the first 13 weeks. Every part of the process is covered, fromequipment to staying motivated.

Runningfor Mortals, by John Bingam

Youdon't have to run fast or competitively to reap the rewards that running has tooffer. What you do need is the courage to start. That is the "Penguinmantra" that has enabled John Bingham--through his best-selling book NoNeed for Speed, his popular monthly column for Runner's World magazine, and hismany appearances at major running events throughout the year--to inspirethousands of men and women to take up the sport for fitness and the sheerenjoyment that running brings them.

FourMonths to a Four-hour Marathon,Updated, by Dave Kuehls

4 Months to a 4-Hour Marathon serves as apersonal trainer for runners looking to improve their performance. Whethercompetitive veterans or recreational beginners, with this essential guidemarathoners can learn exactly what to expect, how to train, and even what toeat and what to wear. Dave Kuehls, contributing editor at Runner's Worldand a marathoner himself, discusses:

- Day-by-day training schedules for 4-hour and 5-hour marathoners
- Detailed diet plans
- The marathoner's mind-set
- Right and wrong things to wear
- Picking the right running shoes
- Pain vs. performance
- Common pitfalls to avoid
- The 36 fastest marathons in North America

Galloway’s Book on Running, by JeffGalloway

Olympicathlete Jeff Galloway shows how amateur runners can use the same trainingprinciples followed by world-class runners. He tells beginners how to getstarted, explains his ideas on stress and rest, and reveals secrets for runningbetter.

Half Marathon: You Can Do It, by JeffGalloway

Ifyou are thinking about training for a Half-Marathon, Jeff Galloway can help youprepare well, enjoy the training and glow from the achievement of crossing thefinish line. Author of the bestseller "Marathon - You can do it!"Galloway now offers a state-of-the-art book on the highly popular half marathondistance. Jeff's trademarked run-walk-run method has helped hundreds ofthousands of average people to get off the couch, train for marathons and halfmarathons without injury and has helped veterans to improve times. This bookoffers a step-by-step program that starts with setting up your training eachweek. Jeff will show you how to select a realistic goal, and which workouts areneeded to prepare for various performances. The book is loaded with tips on howto stay motivated, eliminate aches, pains, and injuries, with the minimumtraining needed to enjoy other aspects of life. There's practical informationon nutrition, building endurance, shoes, stretching, strengthening and much more.

Marathon: You Can Do It, by JeffGalloway

Marathon:You Can Do It! details Olympian Jeff Galloway’srevolutionary walk/run training methods that have enabled tens of thousands ofpeople to run marathons. This innovative method opens up marathon running toeveryone — not just rock-hard athletes, but also those who may be out of shape,overweight, or past their athletic prime. This updated edition includes the new"magic mile" time trial, fat-burning techniques, adjustments in theweekly schedule to prevent injuries and improve performance, and quick fixes tokeep runners motivated during latter stages of marathon.


Lore of Running, by Tim Noakes

Whilenot ultra-specific, this hefty book covers pretty much every detail ofrunning.  See if you have the endurance to read all 944 pages.

TheUltimate Guide to Trail Running, 2nd Ed. by Adam Chase

Training,equipment, racing, injuries, nutrition.

Daniels' Running Formula, 2nd Edition
Training methods developed by the great coach Jack Daniels.

RunFaster from the 5k to the Marathon-How to be your best coach, by Brad Hudson
Training insights by the former coach of Dathan Ritzenhein.

Running with Lydiard

Sincethe success of his New Zealand athletes Snell, Halberg and Magee at the 1960Rome Olympics, Arthur Lydiard's name has been synonymous with the best trainingmethods used by the world's top middle and long-distance runners. Instructingrunners in Finland, Mexico, Venezuela, Denmark, Japan, the USA and New Zealand,Lydiard has continued to refine his methods, and this manual containsinformation on exercise physiology, diet, injury prevention and cure,discussion of Lydiard's methods and revised training schedules.

How to Train For and Run Your BestMarathon: Valuable Coaching From a National Class Marathoner on Getting Up Forand Finishing, by Gordon Bloch

REASON1: It is written by an Olympic trials marathon qualifier who ran her firstmarathon non-competitively, just like you. REASON 2: It starts off with realstories of average first-time marathoners whose experiences prove that everymile of the race is worth it. REASON 3: It gives 26.2 compelling reasons whyany couch potato will want to catch the running bug. REASON 4: It shows howrunning a marathon can help rebuild your self-esteem after a disappointing lifeexperience and motivate you to live a fuller life. REASON 5: It explains insimple terms how to build your aerobic base from ground zero to where you canfinally embark on the marathon training. REASON 6: It introduces you to theconcept of cross-training which will help you prevent boredom and develop awell-rounded physique.

Road Racing for Serious Runners: MultispeedTraining- 5K to Marathon, by Pete Pfitzinger

In Road Racing for SeriousRunners, Pete Pfitzinger-a world-class marathoner, distance running coach,and exercise physiologist-tells you how to get the most out of your limitedtraining time. Pfitzinger teams up with former Running Timeseditor-in-chief Scott Douglas to present a training and racing plan that willhelp you excel in the full spectrum of road racing distances. You will learnhow to

- design a week-by-week trainingprogram,
- determine the right pace to run during speed workouts,
- get the most out of long runs,
- taper training before an important race,
- detect and avoid staleness and injury,
- determine the best strategy for each race, and
- achieve the optimal mental state to train and race.

The Big Book of Endurance Training andRacing, by Phil Maffetone

Areyou a triathlete, runner, cyclist, swimmer, cross-country skier, or otherathlete seeking greater endurance? The Big Book of Endurance Training andRacing teaches athletes how to stay healthy, achieve optimal athleticpotential, and be injury-free for many productive years. Dr. Philip Maffetone’sapproach to endurance offers a truly “individualized” outlook and unique systemthat emphasizes building a strong aerobic base for increased fat burning,weight loss, sustained energy, and a healthy immune system. Good nutrition andstress reduction are also key to this commonsense, big-picture approach.

Run With the Champions: TrainingPrograms and Secrets of America’s 50 Greatest Runners, by Marc Bloom

Beginningwith legends Frank Shorter and Joan Samuelson, this unique book contains thethrilling stories of our country's greatest runners-each a lesson in dedication,hard work, and an untiring passion for running. Draw inspiration from the storyof Billy Mills (ranked No. 6, despite his short career), then try out hisTee-to-Greens Golf Course Training method. Or, if you have a goal race, borrowa page out of Lynn Jennings' training notebook: the methodical 4-Stage BuildupSystem.

Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger

Shaveminutes off your time using the latest in science-based training for seriousrunners. Advanced Marathoning has all the information you need to trainsmarter, remain injury free, and arrive on the start line ready to run themarathon of your life.

Running to the Top, by Arthur Lydiard

Hisdescription of a systematic, detailed training program for beginners andtop-runners is based on a clear defined conception of fitness. Beneath detailedschedules for the training, the book includes tips concerning equipment andoutfit, nutrition, prevention of injury, therapy and the relationship betweenthe coach and the athlete. Furthermore a test-system is introduced, whichenables the athlete to determine the absorption of oxygen through the fatlessbody mass.

Coaching Cross Country Successfully, byJoe Newton

Onelook at Joe Newton's record and it's easy to see why he's achievednear-legendary status as a cross country coach. During 48 years at York HighSchool in Elmhurst, Illinois, he has dominated like no other cross country coachever has, leading his teams to 19 national titles and 24 state titles. At home,his squads have been nearly invincible, winning 98% of their meets.

Nowin Coaching Cross Country Successfully, Newton shares the secrets to hisunmatched success. With this complete guide, you'll get a firsthand account ofhow to teach, train, and motivate like the master. You'll learn not only howNewton built his running dynasty but also how you can apply his principles ofdiscipline, dedication, and teamwork to create your own winning cross countryprogram.

Run to Win: The Training Secrets of theKenyan Runners, by Jurg Wurz

Thereader will learn about the training secrets of the stars and will also receivevaluable tips for his own career or sports life, be it as an amateur jogger oran ambitious runner. This book is a must-have for all running coaches andrunners, and also for all those who want to learn more about the backgroundsand secrets of the Kenyan success story. The features include: a must-have forall running coaches and runners; learn the training secrets of the stars; andlots of valuable tips for the amateur jogger to the ambitious runner.

More Fire: How to Run the Kenyan Way, byToby Tanser

Trainingmethods used by the greatest Kenyan runners in the world.

Explosive Running: Using the Science ofKinesiology to Improve Your Performance, by Michael Yessis

Ifyou are a serious runner, you want to improve your ability to run faster andlonger without injury. Many runners have bought better shoes or spent longerhours on the track trying to improve, only to end up frustrated with back andleg pain. But the secret to improving your run is simple--your stride is onlyas good as your physical abilities allow. Making a few simple changes instrength, flexibility, speed of movement, and technique will help you reachyour genetic potential.

Brain Training for Runners, by MattFitzgerald

Basedon new research in exercise physiology, author and running expert MattFitzgerald introduces a first-of-its-kind training strategy that he's named"Brain Training." Runners of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levelscan learn to maximize their performance by supplying the brain with the rightfeedback.

Bill Bowerman’s High PerformanceTraining for Track and Field

High-PerformanceTraining for Track and Field by legendary coaches and authors Bill Bowerman andBill Freeman is a step-by-step guide for teacher-coaches at all levels. Coachesin their first years will find it to be a model for success, and experiencedcoaches will find its systematic analyses of training methods an invaluableaddition to their own expertise. This book adds the theoretical bases thatunderlie training, summarizing what researchers know about training andcompetition and discussing the most advanced, scientifically monitored, foreignendurance training system in the world today. It tells, briefly and simply,what you need to know about periodization in training, overload theory, and theeffects of nutrition and psychology on today s training. The training patternsreflect the very latest scientific training methods. Chapters include: TheEssentials of Scientific Training, The Oregon School of Running, Sprints,Hurdles, and Relays, The Jumps, The Throws, The All-Around Athlete, andDirecting Track and Field Programs.

Treadmill Training for Runners, by RickMorris

Thepopularity of the treadmill is exploding. More and more runners from beginnersto top level competitive runners are using the treadmill to train for all racedistances from 2 miles to a full marathon. The treadmill is the ideal piece ofexercise equipment to help you meet your running goal whether it's to learn torun or set a new personal record. This is the definitive book on treadmilltraining. Treadmill training for Runners will show you how to use the treadmillto reach your running goals. You'll learn how to: Shop for, purchase andmaintain your treadmill Lose weight using the treadmill Increase your fitnessand reduce stress Incorporate the treadmill into your training Avoid commontreadmill pitfalls Solve common treadmill training problems Train to race a 5K,10K, half marathon or full marathon using the treadmill This revised andupdated Second edition of Treadmill Training for Runners includes over 60treadmill workouts with 12 new treadmill workouts not included in the firstedition.

Marathon: The Ultimate TrainingGuide, by Hal Higdon

Thoughthe running boom appears to have peaked and even tapered off somewhat, themarathon is still the ultimate running experience for many runners. Higdon'sbook, although well written, offers very little in the way of new informationon training for or running the marathon. Previously published works such as JoeHenderson's Complete Marathoner (Anderson World, 1978), Andy Friedberg's How ToRun Your First Marathon (S. & S., 1987), and Ricard Benyo's Making theMarathon Your Event (Random, 1992) offer very similar advice. However, Higdon'sanecdotal style provides entertaining reading and may inspire aspiringmarathoners. The author provides details of many of his personal marathonexperiences as well as those of other top American marathoners such as BillRodgers, Don Kardang, and Dick Buerkle. This book will appeal to generalreaders seriously considering training for their first marathon. For largesports collections.

Healthy Intelligent Training: The ProvenPrinciples of Arthur Lydiard, by Keith Livingstone

Basedon the proven principles of Arthur Lydiard - Runners World "Coach of theCentury" - this is a must-have volume for anyone involved inmiddle-distance running. "Healthy Intelligent Training" providesreaders with an easy-to-follow guide to the principles and training techniquesthat guided numerous athletes from across the globe to World Records and OlympicGold.Written by a former national-level runner, with contributions from Olympicmedalists and coaches, this superb volume shows you how to plan and follow yourown training program to reach peak performance when you want.

Total Heart Rate Training: Customize andMaximize Your Workout Using a Heart Rate Monitor, by Joe Friel

WithTotal Heart Rate Training, you can design a personalized program thatpractically guarantees you’ll achieve your fitness goals. You’ll be able todetermine the precise and optimal heart rate for each day’s workout by usingyour heart rate monitor to keep you on target. It’s like having a personaltrainer telling you when to go harder and when to back off.
This book also shows how powermeters and accelerometers enable you to compareyour body’s input, as measured by heart rate, with its output-power or pace.It’s a combination that allows you to train at your peak for that competitiveedge.

The Running Times Guide to BreakthroughRunning, by Gordon Bakoulis

Ata time when participation in running events is booming, hundreds of thousandsof runners are looking for their next challenge - from training longer, toracing faster, to getting back into form following a layoff or injury."Running Times" magazine has compiled a collection of elite coaches,athletes and fitness professionals who all provide the reader with the tools tomake a personal running breakthrough. This guide covers every aspect oftraining and racing - from clothes and shoes to endurance, speed, strength andflexibility training and from racing preparation and tactics to rest andrecovery. Customized training programmes are included for various distances andall types of speed workouts, as well as injury prevention strategies andguidelines for nutrition and hydration.

HeartMonitor Training for the Compleat Idiot, by John L Parker, Jr

JohnL. Parker, Jr. is one of running literature’s great luminaries. As the authorof Once a Runner and Again to Carthage, he is revered, quoted,and imitated. He also wrote this wonderfully accessible, witty guide totraining with a heart-rate monitor. His common-sense approach aims to force youto take easy days—easier than you can even stand at first. And mix these inwith periodic hard days, all precisely calibrated to your resting heart rateand maximum heart rate, to achieve levels of running fitness you had neverbefore been able to attain. His program is very specific, with numerous tablesand graphs for runners of all levels. He imparts his wisdom with extraordinaryclarity and wit, making the whole experience one of hiring a wise, encouraging,and amusing coach.

Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running : TheRevolutionary Program That Revitalized a Champion

InAlberto Salazar's Guide to Running, the marathon hall-of-famer draws onthe latest research and his own experiences to show why, when it comes toreaping the many health and fitness benefits of running, harder and longerisn't better, and consistency matters most. He shares his hard-won lessons onrunning and outlines a sensible and adaptable low-impact training program fornonrunners wanting to get fit, runners dissatisfied with their currentworkouts, runners recovering from injuries, and anyone looking for a fitnessprogram they will follow for years.

Alberto Salazar's Guide to Road Racing :Championship Advice for Faster Times from 5K to Marathons

AlbertoSalazar's Guide to Road Racing covers a wide array of needs, including:

  • Base training
  • Speed training
  • Nutrition
  • Avoiding and dealing with injuries
  • Mental conditioning
  • Race preparation
  • Goal advancement
  • Weight training
  • and much more!



Relentless Forward Progress

Coverstraining plans, fueling, injury prevention and much more.  Great forbeginners, but veterans could probably learn a few things as well.

Running on Empty, by Marshall Ulrich

Covershis entire life of running, but focuses on his run across America in 52 days atthe age of 57.  Yes, 58 miles a day for 52 days at the age of 57. Enough said.

Running Through the Wall: PersonalEncounters with the Ultramarathon, by Neal Jamison

Featuresstories by Ann Trason, Tim Twietmeyer, David Horton, Ian Torrence and manymore.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe,Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by ChristopherMcDougall

Thisbook would be an entertaining read even if you were not a runner.  Focuseson the Tarahumara Indians and Caballo Blanco, a white man learning to run likethem.

Extreme Running, by Kym McConnell

Covers24 of the most extreme races, including Badwater, Marathon des Sables, Pike'sPeak, Transalpine Run, Antarctica Marathon, Everest Marathon and many more.

Ultramarathon Man, by Dean Karnazes

Dean'smedia prowess might be more impressive than that of his running, but the bookis pretty entertaining anyway.

The Extra Mile: One Woman's PersonalJourney to Ultrarunning Greatness by Pam Reed

Pamdominated the scene for a long time.  This book doesn't focus on therunning and training as much as I would have liked, but she battled anorexia, soa lot of pages go to speaking about that.

Tales From Out There: The BarkleyMarathons, by Frozen Ed Furtaw

100Mile race with 59,100 feet of climbing and 59,100 feet of descent.  Sincethe race began in 1986, only 9 runners have finished in the 60 hour cutoff.

The End of the Trail: A 100 Mile RunningOdyssey

Writtenby a guy who just got under 24 hours, so a very different perspective thanfocusing on the guys who win in 14 or 15 hours.

TheLure of Long Distances: Why We Run by Robin Harvie

Boringin the middle but a good book overall about the authors quest to finish thespartathlon. The race that traces the famous trip from Athens to Sparta.

To the Edge: A Man, Death Valley, andthe Mystery of Endurance by Kirk Johnson

Bookdetailing the author's quest to run Badwater.

Run: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss,by Dean Karnazes
Another installment of the Dean Karnazes saga.  What food will bedelivered to him on a run this time?

AFew Degrees from Hell: The 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon, by Scott Ludwig

The2003 race included Pam Reed, Dean Karnazes and 71 other runners.

AStep Beyond: A Definitive Guide to Ultrarunning, by Don Allison

  • Advice on     training and racing
  • The     physiology behind ultrarunning

50-50: Secrets I learned from Running 50Marathons in 50 Days by Dean Karnazes

Packedwith practical advice and including training regimens, 50/50 will inspire youno matter what your fitness goal is, whether it's simply walking around theblock, running a 10K, or completing yet another Ironman.

And Then the Vulture Eats You, by John LParker, Jr

Truetales about ultramarathons and those who run them.

Getting to the Point: In a Dozen Pairsof Shoes, by Brian Stark

Gettingto the Point. In a dozen pairs of shoes is the story of the first modern-daytrail run across America. Running alone and wearing only a 10-pound pack, ultrarunner Brian Stark often had to rely on the kindness of strangers, and hope formercy from the elements. Over the course of his 8-month trek across America,Brian learned first hand what this country is really like, the diversity of itspeople and their experiences. This is more than just a book about running, it'sa book about people. If you liked Forrest Gump or A Walk Across America, or ifyou just like a rousing good story complete with daily wrong turns, surprisingrescues by strangers, a blossoming romance, and a Hollywood ending, this bookis a must read.

A Hundred Reasons to Run 100k, byMargreet Dietz

AHundred Reasons to Run 100km reflects a personal journey that will strike achord with anyone intrigued by the prospect of trying an ultramarathon. Theidea for this book was born 10 days before author Margreet Dietz did a 100km race.While finalizing her physical preparations, she also wanted to ready herselfmentally as best as possible. An experienced 3:07 marathoner and five-timeIronman finisher, she knew endurance athletes ponder the question, Why?, duringthe most challenging moments in an event. It's good to have an answer.



Fixing Your Feet: Prevention andTreatment for Athletes by John Vonhof

Thisis vital information for ultra runners.  It goes through the aspects ofanatomy, biomechanics and footwear that can lead to blisters and injuries, andrecommends plans of prevention and treatment.

Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for PeakPerformance by Matt Fitzgerald

Goodif you have a few extra pounds to lose to get to your optimal weight. Even if you don't, it offers great insights into nutrition for the enduranceathlete.

Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletesby Monique Ryan

Basicnutrition tips for runners, bikers, triathletes.

The Athlete's Guide to Recovery by SageRountree

Ifyou are doing all the right workouts and not seeing the results you would like,maybe your recovery needs some work.

The Runner’s Body: How the LatestExercise Science Can Help You Run Stronger, Longer and Faster, by Ross Tucker

Everyday scientists learn more about how the body adapts to the stress ofrunning—and how various body systems contribute to running performance. Leadingthe charge is a fresh generation of brilliant young exercise physiologistsincluding Ross Tucker and Jonathan Dugas, whose work has demolished many long-standingbeliefs about running. Now Tucker and Dugas, whose blog, Science of Sport, hasalready created a devoted readership, join with esteemed fitness author MattFitzgerald to provide a captivating tour of the human body from the runner’sperspective.

Runner’s World Performance Nutrition forRunners, by Matt Fitzgerald

Thiscomprehensive guide distills the newest thinking in the science of exercisenutrition into practical, hands-on tips that will help runners stay healthy,recover faster, enjoy better workouts, and race successfully. Readers willlearn:
• detailed information on nutritional topics important to runners, frombalancing internal energy stores to proper hydration
• how to customize their diets to their individual training needs
• shopping tips and dining-out strategies to help runners maximize theirnutritional intake
• the top 5 pre-race meals and top 5 healthiest snacks for runners
• nutritional tips for special populations, including women, children,diabetics, and older runners

Running Anatomy, by Joseph Puleo

RunningAnatomy features 50 of the most effectivestrength exercises for runners, each with clear, step-by-step descriptions andfull-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the muscles in action. Butyou’ll find much more than exercises—you’ll also see their results.

Ultimate Guide to Weight Training forRunning, by Rob Price

TheUltimate Guide to Weight Training for Running is the most comprehensive andup-to-date running-specific training guide in the world today. It containsdescriptions and photographs of over 80 of the most effective weight training,flexibility, and abdominal exercises used by athletes worldwide. This bookfeatures year-round running-specific weight-training programs guaranteed toimprove your performance and get you results.

Endurance Sports Nutrition, by SuzanneEberle

Find your endurance advantage in thefoods you eat. Endurance Sports Nutrition will help you select the bestfoods, fluids, and supplements to train longer, recover more quickly, avoidinjuries, and achieve your performance goals in any endurance endeavor.

Sports dietitian and former elite runnerSuzanne Girard Eberle provides a proven fueling program that addresses theunique needs of endurance athletes:

-Road and trail running: 5K to 100+miles

-Cycling and mountain biking: timetrials to multiday rides

-Duathlon and triathlon: sprint to Ironman

-Winter sports: Nordic ski races tomountain ascents

-Water sports: rowing andlong-distance swimming

Dynamic Stretching: TheRevolutionary New Warm-up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range ofMotion, by Mark Kovacs

Dynamic Stretching teaches how toeffectively prepare your body for physical activity while simultaneouslyimproving strength, power, speed, agility and endurance. With more than 50exercises—fully illustrated with step-by-step photos—this book shows how totake your workouts and abilities to the next level:

•Develop full-body range of motion

•Enhance full-body motor control

•Increase flexibility, balance andmuscular endurance

•Improve force generation andreaction time

•Correct major and minor muscleimbalances

The Runner's Yoga Book: A BalancedApproach to Fitness, by Jean Couch

TheRunner's Yoga Book is an ideal companion for the weekend or professionalathlete, for the reader who wants to stretch and relax, and for the developingyoga student who wants to establish a home practice. Drawing on over thirtyyears of teaching and personal practice, author Jean Couch offers preciseinstruction in all types of poses, guidelines for home practice, yoga routinesfor other sports, including bicycling, skiing, swimming, tennis, and walking, aresource guide for further study, and a yoga-poses-by-alphabetical-listingindex. With over 400 photographs and illustrations showing students at variouslevels of expertise, The Runner's Yoga Book is a complete guide for yogastudents of all ages and most levels of fitness.

The Core Performance: The RevolutionaryWorkout Program to Transform Your Body & Your Life, by Mark Verstegen

Theintense focus on the muscles of your core--abs, lower back, hips, andthighs--will help you stand taller and prevent the back pain from which mostpeople eventually suffer. The detailed nutrition section guarantees that you'llfeed your muscles, starve your fat, and get boundless energy when you need itmost. This program is like nothing you've ever seen before--it enables you tototally transform your body in just 12 weeks. The potential is within you, andthe power to unleash that potential is within Core Performance.

Runner's World Guide to Cross-Training,by Matt Fitzgerald

InRunner's World Guide to Cross-Training, Matt Fitzgerald-seasoned runner,triathlete, sports and fitness journalist, and online coach to runners andtriathletes-tells you everything you need to know about the very bestcross-training exercises for runners, from the equipment you'll have to buy tothe techniques you'll have to master. In addition to strength training andflexibility exercises, he recommends the six best non-impact cardiovascularactivities for runners: pool running, elliptical training, bicycling, inlineskating, swimming, and cross-country skiing. The book shows how to integraterunning and cross-training, and features five complete sample programs thatwill train you to compete in a basic 10-K, advanced 10-K/half marathon, basicmarathon, advanced marathon, and triathlon.

Injury-Free Running (Runner's WorldBest), by Thomas Hanlon

Runner'sWorld Best: Injury-Free Running assembles the most reliable information onrunning pain- and injury-free--and speeding up the rehabilitation process byusing the latest medical advances to treat common injuries. Runners of everyability will benefit from the book's wealth of expert tips on training,stretching, selecting proper equipment, and maintaining correct running form.

Runner's World Runner's Diet: TheUltimate Eating Plan That Will Make Every Runner (and Walker) Leaner, Faster,and Fitter, by Madelyn Fernstrom

Ifyou are a serious runner, or are thinking about starting a running or run/walkprogram to keep fit and help you lose weight, forget about the traditional foodpyramid--or today's low-carb diets. As noted dietitian Madelyn H. Fernstrom,Ph.D., C.N.S., explains, the eating plan that best meets the needs of runnersat all levels is based on a 50 percent carb, 25 percent protein, 25 percent fatratio. Here Dr. Fernstrom details a realistic program, individualized for eachperson's activity level, that will enable runners to maximize their performancewhile maintaining long-term success at weight control.

The Athlete's Palate Cookbook: RenownedChefs, Delicious Dishes, and the Art of Fueling Up While Eating Well, byYishane Lee

Traininghard doesn’t have to mean fueling workouts with flavorless foods better suitedto members of the animal kingdom. Just ask the all-star roster of chefs whocontribute to Runner’s World magazine’s popular monthly column, the Athlete’sPalate. For five years, the likes of Bobby Flay, Jacques Torres, CharlieTrotter, Mark Bittman, Dan Barber, Cat Cora and many more have contributed therecipes they use to fuel their runs to the column.

Now, in The Athlete’s Palate Cookbook, thesedishes along with more than 60 all-new recipes for breakfasts, entrees, soups,salads, sides, desserts, and beverages are presented alongside profiles of thechef-athletes who created them. The first of its kind, this gorgeouslyphotographed cookbook includes recipes for:

·Walnut and Banana Bran Pancakes from Cat Cora

·Marathon Fettuccine with Shrimp in Charred Tomato Sauce from Bobby Flay

·Chicken with Quinoa Tabbouleh from Charlie Trotter

·And many more sumptuous meals!

Food Guide for Marathoners, by NancyClark

Thissuperb volume from one of the world's most respected sports nutritionistscombines personal experiences with professional expertise to provide readerswith all the information they need to get the very best from their diet."Food Guide for Marathoners" includes expert information on eatingwell, even when pressed for time; effective balancing of carbohydrates,proteins, and fats; choosing the best snacks for before, during, and after longruns; losing weight and increasing energy and vitality levels; and completingmarathons with energy to spare. Whether you are a first time marathon runner orputting the finishing touches to a training diet, this new book will become an invaluablereference tool.

Nancy Clark's Sports NutritionGuidebook, by Nancy Clark

What'sthe best diet for good health and athletic performance? Nancy Clark, M.S.,R.D., describes the dietary balance and specific foods shown to be optimal forathletes from recreational exercisers to Olympic hopefuls, citing supportingstudies. Refreshingly free of high-protein hype, Clark emphasizes a varied,wholesome, moderate diet high in complex carbohydrates ("without question,wholesome carbohydrates are the best choices for fueling your muscles andpromoting good health"), especially whole grains and starches; adequatebut not excessive protein; and 20 to 35 percent fat. Learn the components andvariables of your ideal diet, with tables of nutritional information andmarvelous tidbits, such as calorie/fat counts of various fast foods. Did yourealize that an Au Bon Pain pecan roll has 800 calories and 45 grams offat--double the calories/fat in a serving of KFC's Crispy Strips? Did you knowthat a Dunkin' Donuts 16-ounce Coffee Coolatta with cream has 410 calories and22 grams of fat--about equivalent to a McDonald's Quarter-Pounder? Clark, awell-known sports nutrition expert, also covers weight loss, weight gain,eating disorders, and includes 72 recipes.

Advanced Sports Nutrition, by DanBanardot

Farbeyond the typical food pyramid formula, this comprehensive guide presentscutting-edge nutritional concepts tailored for application by athletes in anysport. World-renowned sports nutritionist Dr. Dan Benardot breaks down thechemistry of improved performance into winning principles that ensure anathlete's key energy systems are properly stocked at all times:

-Timeyour meals, snacks, fluids, training, and performances to maintain that crucialenergy balance throughout each day.

-Digestoptimal ratios and quantities of energy nutrients, vitamins, and minerals forany sport.

-Consumethe right amount of fluid and electrolytes to avoid dehydration andhyperhydration.

-Identifyand maintain a body composition capable of maximal power output with minimalexcess weight for specific sports.

-Understandthe effects of travel, high altitude, and age on nutritional needs andperformance.

Runner's World Guide to InjuryPrevention: How to Identify Problems, Speed Healing, and Run Pain-Free, byDagny Scott Barrios

Hereyou'll find:

-The most important stretches for runners-and why you should not stretch aninjured muscle

-How (and why) to change your biomechanics and stride legnth

-How to incorporate cross-training to prevent and heal injury

-The most important strength-training exercises for runners

-How to cope with the mental side of injury

-Special concerns for young runners, women, and older Runners

-The newest thinking in hydration

           Biographiesand Novels

Once a Runner, by John L Parker

Everyrunner should either read this book or make their family members read it tolearn the many idiosyncrasies of being a runner.

Againto Carthage, by John L Parker

QuentonCassidy is back.  This time, he is training for a marathon.  Whoknows, maybe Parker will write a book in a few years in which Quenton startsracing ultras.

Bowerman and the Men of Oregon by KennyMoore

Noman has affected more runners in more ways than Bill Bowerman. During his24-year tenure as track coach at the University of Oregon, he won four nationalteam titles and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records. He alsoignited the jogging boom, invented the waffle-sole running shoe that helpedestablish Nike, and coached the US track and field team at the 1972 MunichOlympic Games

Pre: The Story of Steve Prefontaine

Universityof Oregon track star Prefontaine finished fourth in the [5000 meter] race atthe 1972 Munich Olympics. Beyond that, he set numerous American records. But itwas his personality, not his records, that set him apart.

The Four-Minute Mile, by Roger Bannister

Forty-someyears after the barrier was broken it's difficult to imagine how daunting achallenge the four-minute mile once was, but for a generation of world-classrunners it represented the impossible dream. Roger Bannister, the Britishmiddle-distance runner who finally achieved the epic quest in 1954, wrote thisstunning memoir of his life as a runner a year later.

Duelin the Sun: The Story of Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America'sGreatest Marathon

The1982 Boston Marathon was great theater: Two American runners, Alberto Salazar,a celebrated champion, and Dick Beardsley, a gutsy underdog, going at eachother for just under 2 hours and 9 minutes. Neither man broke.

Sub 4:00: Alan Webb and the Quest for theFastest Mile by Chris Lear

AlanWebb was just 18 when he broke a 36-year-old record by running the fastest mileever for a high-school athlete, breaking Jim Ryun's mark by two seconds. Learspent most of the 2001-02 school year with freshman Webb and his teammates atthe University of Michigan, where many of America's best distance runnersgather to learn from legendary coach Ron Warhurst. Though there have been anynumber of books chronicling the ups and downs of seasons in major sports, thismay be the first to follow a group of world-class distance runners through acompetitive cycle.

Run to Overcome, by Meb Keflezighi

WhenMeb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon in 2009—the first American to doso in 27 years—some critics questioned whether the Eritrean-born runner was“really” an American despite his citizenship status and representing the USA ontwo Olympic and several World Championship teams. Yet Meb is the livingembodiment of the American dream. His family came to the U.S. to escape from alife of poverty and a violent war with Ethiopia; Meb was 12 at the time, spokeno English, and had never raced a mile. Yet he became an A student and a highschool state and national champion. And when he stood on the platform as asilver medalist in the 2004 Olympics, Meb knew his hard work and determinationhad paid off. How could life be any better?
Run to Overcome tells the inspirational story of a man who discoveredthe real meaning of victory, and who embodies the American spirit of overcomingthe odds.

RunningWith Joy: My Daily Journey to the Marathon, by Ryan Hall

Fromthe fastest American-born marathoner of all time, here is an intimate,day-by-day account of what it takes—physically, mentally, emotionally, andspiritually—to be one of the best in the world. This journal chronicles RyanHall’s 14-week preparation for the 2010 Boston Marathon, providing practicalinsights into the daily regimen of someone training at the absolute peak ofhuman performance. It also reveals the spiritual journey of an elite athletewho is a follower of Jesus Christ.

The Greatest: The Haile GebrselassieStory, by Jim Denison

HaileGebrselassie revolutionized the world of long-distance running over the lastdecade. His world records stagger the imagination. He won two Olympic 10,000mgolds, eight world and indoor championships; and set 17 world records over fourdifferent distances. Now he seeks a third gold medal over 10,000m in Athens.His biography is fascinating, detailing his early life in war-torn Ethiopia,and his rise to godlike status in the track world.

Paul Tergat: Running to the Limit, byJurg Wurz

34-year-oldKenyan Paul Tergat has secured his place in the history books with his Marathonworld record in Berlin at the end of September 2003. Today he is considered asone of the best runners of all time. At Olympic Games he won two silver medals,both times behind his friend and rival Haile Gebrselassie. This book willillustrate Tergat's way from an unknown runner in a tiny village in Kenya tothe Marathon world record holder and Dollar-millionaire. It will show thetriumphs and disappointments that formed him as a human being. He is still theman they call "a gentleman" not without reason. In "Running tothe Limit" Paul Tergat will also tell a lot about his training program,e.g. in a special chapter about the famous Italian running school of Dr.Gabriele Rosa, who coached his first Kenyan athlete, Moses Tanui, in 1990, andnowadays has 200 Kenyan athletes under contract, among them some of the bestMarathon runners in the world. Tergat will also give many training tips foreveryday runners, because many of his hints and ideas hold true for recordholders as well as for hobbyists.

Paula: My Story So Far, by PaulaRadcliffe

PaulaRadcliffe has been hailed as one of the finest female distance runners of alltime. Her amazing run of record-breaking victories in 2002 and 2003, includingsmashing the women’s world marathon record in Chicago and then again in London,showed an athlete at the peak of her powers. Such was her dominance that a goldmedal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens seemed almost a formality. But as theworld watched, and a nation held its breath, that historic race ended for heron a dusty curbside instead of the podium. Paula has become a passionatespokesperson against drug cheats and, inspired by her own battle with thecondition, is widely admired for her patronage of asthma charities. And eventhough Athens in 2004 proved to be more Greek tragedy than triumph, herpopularity remains undimmed. Her remarkable life story of highs and lows isfully chronicled in this fascinating and inspiring autobiography.

My Life on the Run, by Bart Yasso

Bart Yasso, an icon of one of the mostenduringly popular recreational sports in the United States, offers a touchingand humorous memoir about the rewards and challenges of running.

Recounting his adventures in localeslike Antarctica, Africa, and Chitwan National Park in Nepal (where he waschased by an angry rhino), Yasso recommends the best marathons on foreignterrain and tells runners what they need to know to navigate the logistics ofrunning in an unfamiliar country. He also offers practical guidance forbeginning, intermediate, and advanced runners, such as 5-K, half marathon, andmarathon training schedules, as well as advice on how to become a runner forlife, ever-ready to draw joy from the sport and embrace the adventure that eachrace may offer

Marathon Woman, by Kathrine Switzer

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the firstwoman to officially run what was then the all male Boston Marathon, infuriatingone of the event’s directors who attempted to violently eject her. In whatwould become an iconic sports image, Switzer escaped and finished the race.This was a watershed moment for the sport, as well as a significant event inwomen’s history.

Running the Race: Eric Liddell

OlympicChampion and Missionary

A Cold Clear Day, by Frank Murphy

Thestory of Buddy Edelen.

Staying the Course: A Runner’s ToughestRace, by Dick Beardsley

Fora moment Dick Beardsley became the most famous runner in the world by losing arace. In the 1982 Boston Marathon, Beardsley, foiled by a motorcycle that cuthim off, finished two seconds behind Alberto Salazar in one of the mostmemorable contests in marathon history. Staying the Course recounts that raceand the difficult years that followed, including his recovery from a near-fatalfarm accident, his subsequent addiction to painkillers, and a public arrest forforging prescriptions. His story of overcoming obstacles speaks to anyone wholoves competition, who has survived catastrophe, or who has pursued a seeminglyimpossible goal.

American Miler: The Life and Times ofGlenn Cunningham, by Paul Kiell

GlennCunningham nearly died in a schoolhouse fire that claimed his brother’s lifeand left the seven-year-old’s legs so badly burned his doctor wanted toamputate them. But Cunningham endured the incredible pain and horrible scars;after nearly a year he learned to walk again. He went on to become one of thegreatest track stars of all time, and a national hero. “The Kansas Flyer” setworld records in the mile in 1934 and 800m in 1936. A comprehensive biography,with extraordinary depth of detail, fascinating anecdotes, and written withfull cooperation and archives from his widow.

Steve Scott the Miler: America'sLegendary Runner Talks About His Triumphs and Trials, by Steve Scott and MarcBloom

MeetSteve Scott: three-time Olympian, the American mile record holder (at 3:47.69),and runner of 136 sub-4:00 miles and counting. His talent and determinationhave led him to the pinnacle of worldwide track and field for the better partof his 20-year career. Scott chronicles his epic battles with European milerswhile tracing the modern day history of the sport; he tackles the controversialissues facing track and field and talks frankly about the demands placed on hisfamily life as a result of his grueling international racing schedule. Scottalso speaks about his recent fight against testicular cancer, reveals how heovercame that life-threatening illness, and stresses the importance of stayingfit for a healthy life. Now forty, Scott has entered the masters divisionand hehas one more goal to reach. Watch for him in 1997 as he pushes to break themasters mile record set by his longtime competitor, Eamonn Coglan, at 3:58.15.Inspirational, thoughtful, and packed with Scotts wacky antics as the trackcircuits leading practical joker, The Miler is sure to delight runningenthusiasts and all those who love athletics.Steve Scott is the mostextraordinary American mile runner in history.

Best Efforts, by Kenny Moore

Withthe graceful style, which has become Kenny Moore's trademark, "BestEfforts" reveals the compelling stories of such reknown Track & Fieldmaga-stars such as Bill Rogers, Ron Clarke, Sebastain Coe, Eamonn Coghlan, MaryDecker -- and of course the legendary duo of Bill Bowerman and StevePrefontaine. Through the lense former Olympic Marathoner, and Sport Illustratedwriter, Moore delivers the essence of these notable characters. Anyone whoseeks out the rationale of why certain athletes inspire others and lead towardsgreatness, "Best Efforts" is a must read.

Pain, by Dan Middleman

RichardDubin is a talented distance runner at a major southern university. Pain is thestory of Richard’s senior year as he proceeds with varying success through theyear, from cross country through the Olympic Trials, all the while trying tomanage a seesawing relationship with a beautiful and fascinatinglyunpredictable woman, 10 years his senior. Richard’s university is one of thegreat American party schools and we are treated to a series of uninhibitedcollege blowouts, featuring copious liquid consumption, naked kegstands, nuderelays. . . and, most daring of all, poetry reading! As the pressures mount,Richard’s life begins to unravel. All the forces converge at the Olympic Trialsin New Orleans and it is there that Richard comes to the edge of the abyss.

The Long Run of Myles Mayberry, by AlredAlcorn

Partparody of 1970s excess, part paean to the art of running, this quirky novelfocuses on hapless Myles Mayberry, who spends his days training for the BostonMarathon and smoking marijuana. Myles and his dismayed new wife, Sophie, thecouple's sole financial support, live in Cambridge, where they are part of aNew Age "therapeutic community." Having fallen into a "blinding,binding" love one year earlier, they are hitting their marriage's first rockypatch. All goes downhill when the couple attends a weekend retreat in NewHampshire with a swami and Myles sneaks away for an illicit run. Obsessed withhis desire to win the Boston Marathon, Myles begins running twice a day, andonly gradually realizes that Sophie is having an affair with bisexual poetDerek Fells.

The Front Runner, by Patricia Warren

In1975, coach Harlan Brown is hiding from his past at an obscure New Yorkcollege, after he was fired from Penn State University on suspicion of beinggay. A tough, lonely ex-Marine of 39, Harlan has never allowed himself to loveanother man.  Then Billy Sive, abrilliant young runner, shows up on his doorstep. He and his two comrades,Vince Matti and Jacques LaFont, were just thrown off a major team for admittingthey are gay. Harlan knows that, with proper training, Billy could go to the'76 Olympics in Montreal. He agrees to coach the three boys under strictconditions that thwart Billy's growing attraction for his mature but compellingmentor. The lean, graceful frontrunner with gold-rim glasses sees directly intoHarlan's heart. Billy's gentle and open acceptance of his sexuality makesHarlan afraid to confront either the pain of his past, or the challenges whichlay in wait if their intimacy is exposed. But when Coach Brown finds himself falling in love with his most giftedathlete, he must combat his true feelings for Billy or risk the outrage of theentire sports world - and their only chance at Olympic gold.

Hope’s Last Run, by Bruce Glikin

'Hope'sLast Run' is the story of a woman who fights seemingly unsurmountable odds inher quest to become the world's greatest female marathon runner. Coached by acontroversial man who is at odds with the the powers that rule running, Hopeteams up with him as they attempt to beat the long odds of achieving greatness.

The Olympian, by Brian Glanville

Thiscritically acclaimed novel, first published in 1969, has for years beenregarded as one of the true classics not only in the literature of footracing,but in general interest literature as well. Glanville's beautifully portrayed relationship between runner Ike Lowand the eccentric and charismatic coach Sam Dee has become a set piece in thetales of athletes: Rocky, Chariots of Fire, even Long Road to Boston owe a debtto this work.  There are echoes ofLoneliness of the Long Distance Runner as well. You will be captivated by thestory of the working-class stiff, Ike Low, as Sam Dee discovers him thrashingthrough inconsequential races, a mediocre sprinter at a local runningclub.  The first time I met him, Ithought he was a nut case, said Ike of his coach.  You are built to run the mile, Dee told him.You are the perfect combination of ectomorph-mesomorph; long calves, lean,muscular thighs and arms, chest between thirty-seven and thirty-eight, andbroad, slim shoulders. A miler is the aristocrat of running. A miler is thenearest to a thoroughbred racehorse that exists on two legs.  And thus begins the relationship that willtransform Ike into one of the great distance runners in the world.

The Other Kingdom, by Victor Price

"TheOther Kingdom" is a refreshing reminder of the days before world-classsport became a cold, professional exercise in earning money. It is unashamedlyelitist, socially and intellectually as well as in terms of athletics, in a waythat unmistakeably dates it. The protagonist's life, overshadowed by the reputationof a world-famous father, strikes an uneasy balance between his running, hisgirl friend, and his study of the German Sturm und Drang poets with their questfor heroism. At first glance, some of the athletics background looks to havebeen copied from real life - until you realize that this book was published in1964, about the time of the Tokyo Olympics. So the runner who misses an Olympicmedal by sprinting too soon, but later gets a European title, is not MichelJazy: that didn't happen till 1966! Another amusing touch is the cover picture,which shows the young Herb Elliott.

The Gift, by Paul Maurer

“Ireceive a lot of books to review for my website and this is oneof the best running books I've ever read. I gave the author this quote to useon his website and it sums up the book very quickly: "Paul Maurer, in TheGift, not only presents an interesting and captivating story, but he exploresthe deeper questions of why runners run, why we compete, and what makes such asimple sport, running, so rewarding to those of us who do it. The Gift is oneof the best running books I have ever read.”

Distant Runner, by Bruce Glikin

DannyMurray is a young man possessed. The product of an abusive household, he andhis little sister endure a series of horrors as they are bumped from one fosterhome to another before 14-year-old Murray takes matters into his own hands. Heflees with his 9-year-old sister in an attempt to carve out a decent life forthe two of them. Distance running is the vehicle he envisions as the means totheir salvation, Danny possessing a running talent that is other worldly, alongwith a genius IQ. At age 17 he is on the cusp of realizing his dream, when a murderspins his alreadly tumultuous life totally out of control. Murray becomes afugitive from the law, his dream of becoming the world's greatest distancerunner put on hold as he plots revenge.

Life at These Speeds, by Jeremy Jackson

Whenthe school van veers off a bridge and plunges into the river below, everyone onthe track team is killed except star Kevin Schuler, who rode home with hisparents that evening. Repressing almost all memory of that season, Kevin beginshigh school in a different district, where he remains isolated from otherstudents and teammates. Claiming he hates running, the star athlete nonethelessfinds peace in it, losing himself in concentration when he runs. As Kevin setsmore records and becomes locally famous, the clouds that hang over him take onnew forms and he must successfully navigate his own course through all thenoise of the outside world, dodging those who would tempt him in differentdirections. Jackson's first novel presents an unpredictable and uniqueprotagonist who defies categorization. The first-person narration provides aglimpse into Schuler's mind, yet the voice is detached enough that he remainsalmost as much a mystery to the reader as to other characters. The unforgettableand complex main character makes this novel well worth reading.

Chasing Ghosts, by Phillip Reilly

JoeyMcNeal is a Philly kid through and through. With a wild mop of curly hair andan uncommon thirst for competition, Mac is known to keep his car trunk full ofsports equipment, ready for any pickup game. But McNeal’s true passion isrunning. Joey Mac is the fastest guy in town, but a slate of injuries stoppedhim short of greatness at what would have been the peak of his career. Now,about to turn thirty, McNeal starts to wonder What if? What if he puteverything he had into training? What if he had a great coach? What if he couldrun faster than he ever had before? What if he could silence a lingeringunfulfilled dream? But McNeal has two jobs, little time or money, and only thesupport of his closest friends. Even they don’t know that Mac secretly dreamsof competing on the highest athletic stage: the Olympics.

Purple Runner, by Paul Christman

This is one of the big "three"in fictional running books. (The other two are "Once a Runner" and"The Long Road to Boston".) What makes this a most unique experienceis that it tells a double story - about a New Zealand woman marathoner wholooks to break her cycle of "not quite good enough finishes" in themarathon and a mystery man who is world class but has a disfigured face and isembarrassed by it. The workouts run by the mystery man are jaw dropping to saythe least. Even with today's super athletes in the distance specialties fromAfrican nations would have trouble keeping up with this guy.

Long Road to Boston, by Bruce Tuckman

For the others, it may have been a race,but for Brad Townes it was a quest for salvation. He had run all the way fromdeath's door and had lost everything along the way. In the end, he had nothingto lose except the race. You'll find your heart racing along with theprotagonist in this compelling story, beautifully told by a veteran runner. Thegrand daddy of all marathons is the backdrop, with the chapters taking youright through the great race itself: Brookline to Hopkinton, Hayden RoweStreet, Hopkinton to Ashland to Framingham, Framingham to Natick, Natick toWellesley, Wellesley to Newton Falls, The Newton Hills, Brookline, and finallyBoston.

A Run by the River, by Joseph Vitucci

John Meyer would never get to run withSteve Prefontaine. The legendary distance runner died in a tragic car accidentbefore John was born. Yet, Pre's legacy always inspired him. John earned arunning scholarship to Stradford University,one of the elite Division I crosscountry schools. There, he would be teammates with the runner every majorsports media called the next Pre. More importantly, it gave John the chance toput behind a troubled past and start a new life. But past relationships comeback to haunt, and a bronzed god roommate, a gorgeous brunette, and thepressures to succeed plunge John to psychological depths he never dreamtpossible. No one seems to be able to one, except for a mysterious,shirtless runner on campus, who seems oddly familiar. . .A Run by the Riverwill take you through amazing twists and turns, the mind of a runner, theschemes of a seemingly perfect roommate, and fast paced running...all thatbring the story to its crash course finish. For John, things will never be thesame again.

The Marathon  Monks of Mount Hiei by John Stevens.

Japan's Mount Hiei is home to themonastery of the ``Running Buddhas'' or ``marathon monks'' who pursueenlightenment via 1000-day marathons that must each be completed in aseven-year training period. Stevens, a professor of Buddhist studies, offers adiscussion of the origin and spiritual principles of Tendai Buddhism, out ofwhich the runners' vision was born; a look at the marathon itself; andintroductions to several monks whose portraits add human interest.

Olympic Dream, by Henry Rono

In a span of 81 days in 1978, Henry Ronobroke four world records, committing the most ferocious assault on thetrack-and-field record books by a middle-distance runner in the history of thesport. This is what Henry Rono is known for. However, it is not who Henry Ronois. Henry Rono was born a poor Nandi in Kenya's Rift Valley. After an accidentwhen he was two, doctors believed he would never again walk. This would be thefirst of countless obstacles Rono would have to overcome in order to pursue histwo life goals: to first become the greatest runner in the world and then tobecome the best teacher he could be. Rono's first goal was accomplished in1978, when he was considered not only the greatest track-and-field athlete inthe world, but also by many to be the world's greatest athlete period.


The Runner's Rule Book: Everything aRunner Needs to Know--And Then Some, by Mark Remy

Everysport has rules. Running is no exception. If you’re curious, just visit the Website of USA Track & Field, the sport’s governing body, where you’ll finddetailed dictates on everything from disqualification to bib-number placementto the caliber of the starter’s pistol. But what about the everyday rules of running? The unspoken ones thatpertain to the lingo, behavior, and etiquette that every seasoned runner seemsto know and every newbie needs to learn? Veteran runner Mark Remy and theeditors of Runner’s World magazine provide answers to these very questions andmany more in The Runner’s Rule Book.

Insideyou’ll find:

Rule1.18  LEARN, AND LOVE, THE FARMER’SBLOW  Farmer’s Blow \ fär-m?rz blo \ n: aprocess by which one clears a nostril of mucus by pinching shut the opposingnostril and exhaling forcefully

The Runner's Field Manual: A Tactical(and Practical) Survival Guide, by Mark Remy

Whether you run in the city or on trails, in races or justfor fun, you'll find The Runner's Field Manual loaded with practical advice andhow-to instruction. As funny as it is useful, this volume covers everythingfrom Dealing With Drivers to Toenail Maintenance, and explores in explicitdetail . . .

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

* 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

Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks& Adventures, by Editors of Runner’s World

Formore than 40 years, Runner’s World magazine has been the world’s leadingauthority on running—bringing its readers the latest running advice and some ofthe most compelling sports narratives ever told. From inspirational storiessuch as "A Second Life"(the story of Matt Long, the FDNY firefighterwho learned to run again after a critical injury) to analytical essays such as"White Men Can’t Run" (a look at what puts African runners at thefront of the pack), the magazine captivates its readers every month.

Now,for the first time, the editors of Runner’s World have gathered these and otherpowerful tales to give readers a collection of writing that is impossible toput down.  With more than 40 grippingstories, Going Long transcends the sport of running to reach anyone with anappetite for drama, inspiration, and a glimpse into the human condition.

The Runner's Guide to the Meaning ofLife, by Amby Burfoot

Citedby Runner’s World magazine as one of the best books ever written on running,The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life reveals as much about reaching yourfull potential as it does about sport. Boston Marathon winner Amby Burfoot, oneof running’s wisest voices, presents 15 life lessons about passion, courage,materialism, failure, and regeneration, all learned during his more than 35years of experience in running. He discusses a runner’s essentialtraits—qualities necessary for everyone striving to reach a long-term goal—aswell as the writing, music, and quotes that have continually inspired him. Mostimportant, Burfoot explains that

winnersare not those who cross the finish line first, but those who discover moreabout themselves with every step.

The Principles of Running: PracticalLessons from My First 100,000 Miles, by Amby Burfoot

Abook of practical guidance and simple wisdom about running... and about life.From a key figure in the running world comes a unique little compendium ofinformation and anecdotes about a life in motion. Champion marathoner AmbyBurfoot has created a distinctive resource to help runners run better, faster,and farther. More than this, his succinct and sure-footed text will helprunners rediscover and deepen their own joy in the sport. This is a celebrationof running.

Training,racing, nutrition, injury prevention, issues for women, weather, mentalpreparation, and the marathon are discussed in detail with plenty of solidinformation. Each chapter ends with a list of relevant principles of running.Interwoven among the facts and fundamentals are enlightening personal notesfrom a learned lifelong runner. The Principles of Running is much more than asimple manual. It is a book that you will not be able to put down, although youare not sure whether you are reading it for the running tips or the lifelessons. It is a book that you will keep on your nightstand, tuck in yourbriefcase, and give to your friends. It is a book that is certain to help youhit your stride--whether your running shoes are off or on.

Runner's World Best: Run Faster, by theEditors of Runner’s World

InRun Faster, readers learn how to achieve faster times with exclusive tips fromthe editors of Runner's World. Complete with full-color photographs thatillustrate proper running technique and equipment, Run Faster is packed with avariety of speed-intensive drills. The book also provides strategies forcomplementing running with flexibility, strength training, core conditioning, andcross-training routines, while helping runners set realistic goals for goingfurther and faster.

Runner's World Training Journal, by theEditors of Runner’s World

Theonly runner’s training journal with full-color photos throughout and top-notchtips from the experts at Runner’s World, this handsomely redesigned journalprovides:

•heavyweight smearproof paper that stands up to sweaty hands and a handy spiralbinding that guarantees ease of use

•ample space for readers to record facts about each day’s run—including route,distance, time, and cross-training—and to note how they felt at the time

•a Week-at-a-Glance feature that helps runners summarize their weekly trainingquickly and easily

•advice for runners on how to analyze their data and set new goals for the nextyear

Theresult is a daily dose of inspiration and running wisdom for a full 52 weeksfrom the reader’s choice of starting date—for every kind of runner, fromfitness joggers to competitive racers.

Runner's World Best: CompetitiveRunning, by the Editors of Runner’s World

Runner'sWorld Best: Competitive Running explains why competing in a race is beneficialfor runners at every level, lays out basic training principles, and providesdetailed training regimens for various types of races: 5K, 10K, half-marathon,and marathon. Runners learn what to eat and drink before, during, and after arace, as well as how strength and flexibility training can help theirperformance.

Why We Run: A Natural History, by BerndHeinrich

Talksabout the origin of human running, similar to the Tarahumara in Born to Run, webegan as persistence hunters.

What I Talk About When I Talk AboutRunning, by Haruki Murakami

Abouta Japanese author turned runner

ToBe a Runner: How Racing Up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Taking ona 5k Makes You a Better Person, by Martin Dugard

Withan exuberant mix of passion, insight, instruction, and humor, best-sellingauthor--and lifelong runner--Martin Dugard takes a journey through the world ofrunning to illustrate how the sport helps us fulfill that universal desire tobe the best possible version of ourselves each and every time we lace up ourshoes.

TheLong Run: A NYC Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to EliteAthlete

Inspirationalbook about his comeback after getting hit by a bus and almost killed.

Running with the Buffaloes, by ChrisLear

Followsthe CU Buffaloes for a season as they run for the NCAA Championship with AdamGoucher in the lead.

Feetin the Clouds: A Tale of Fell-Running and Obsession, by Richard Askwith

Exploringthe world of fell-running—to run the ancient, wild landscape and stay a herowithin one’s own valley—this portrait of one of the few sports to have remainedimplacably amateur and utterly true to its roots details the passionateambitions of those who participate in one of the oldest extreme sports.

Long May You Run: All Things Running, byChris Cooper

Itcovers a potpourri of running topics ranging from shoes, apparel, injuries,unusual races, finding ways to participate in the sport beyond running(e.g. volunteering at races), etc.

Zen and the Art of Running, by LarryShapiro

Thisbook can help you identify where running fits into the bigger picture of yourlife and also how to achieve that higher state of consciousness while running.

26 Miles to Boston: The Boston MarathonExperience by Michael Connelly

26MILES TO BOSTON slips squarely into the running shoes and minds of the athletesas they traverse the 26-mile, 385-yard course of America's most veneratedlong-distance race.
From suburban Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to the center of metropolitan Boston,here are the mile-by-mile sights and sounds experienced by the runners.Interwoven throughout is the colorful history of the men and women of manifoldskills who have competed in this preeminent event over the span of more than acentury.

The Quotable Runner, by Mark Will-Weber

Byits very nature, running is extreme and pure, resulting in a great supply ofextremely memorable quotes, jokes, barbs, and philosophical gems. TheQuotable Runner gathers the best of these into one indispensable volume.Sir Roger Bannister compares running to classical drama. George Patton comparesit to war. Bill Clinton finds it keeps him optimistic. And Oprah sums it upbeautifully: "Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you getout of it what you put into it."

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

Hillenbrandunfurls the story of Louie Zamperini--a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympicrunner-turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific,Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the nextthree years of his life is a story that will keep you glued to the pages,eagerly awaiting the next turn in the story and fearing it at the same time.

ChiRunning:A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running

-Chapter1: compares power running to ChiRunning
-Chapter 2: goes into the 5 principles upon which TaiChi and ChiRunning arebased
-Chapter 3: gets into the "inner" skills of ChiRunning

TheBarefoot Running Book, 2nd Edition, by Jason Robillard

TheBarefoot Running Book (second edition) provides expert advice for new andexperienced runners interested in making the transition to barefoot orminimalist shoe running. Why? Because runners find shedding their heavy,overly-cushioned shoes provides a more enjoyable running experience whilereducing injury and allowing better form.

BarefootRunning Step by Step, by Roy Wallack

Barefoot Running Step by Step teachesrunners how to train their feet and body to run barefoot properly and in a waythat will dramatically reduce injuries.

Barefoot Running Step by Step separatesthe facts from the hype covering the latest research and running techniquesbehind this key trend.

Running Within: A Guide to Mastering theBody-Mind-Spirit, by Jerry Lynch

RunningWithin addresses the mental and physicalfactors of importance to runners and offers positive, practical recommendationsfor infusing the body, mind, and spirit with new energy and passion forrunning. It also provides solid information on training and racing. It willhelp you perform better, have more fun, and experience a deeper connection withrunning.

An Honorable Run, by Matt McCue

Whatis the name of the coach who changed your life? As a young runner, I had two:Coach Wetmore and Coach Brown. Single-minded, driven to escape small town Iowa,I ran to win. Never satisfied, I once threw our high school team's second placemedals into a muddy cornfield. My Iowa high school track coach, Bob Brown,dreamed of owning a Harley, but the only bike he rode was a beat-up blueSchwinn, pedaling alongside his athletes. Hugs were his trademark coachingtool. My college coach, the University of Colorado's Mark Wetmore, builtchampion runners on Magnolia, a mountainous dirt road where he tested theirwill to be the best. He had run every day for thirty years, and accepted fewwalk-ons, like me, into his storied program.

The Longest Fall, by Lee Krinsky

Atlanticis a team that was once renowned and feared. Things have changed in the lastfew years. There isn?t as much talent, the runners aren?t as tough as they usedto be, and the legendary coach is at the end of his career.After a brutaldefeat in the spring championships, the team makes a vow to retake their countytitle in the fall, and regain their reputation. Little do the boys know thatthey are about to face the toughest season of their lives.

Juggernauts: The Making of a Runner anda Team in the First American Running Boom

Asthe first running boom was sprouting in the early 1970's, a group of Kentuckyteenagers were brought together by a young coach who was ahead of his time.Cross country was regarded as a sport for the slightly odd and unathletic, ameans of "getting an easy varsity letter". Among this group ofrunners was a particularly odd (though strangely athletic) teenager who wastaken in by the joy of running over the grass, hills, and mud of cross countrycourses. The coach and seasonally growing team rose to dominance of Kentuckycross country in the span of four short years. Along the way, they"learned the lessons every runner has to learn, mostly the hard way, manyof them twice." From humble backgrounds and with guidance from a groundbreaking coach, the Lloyd Memorial High School Juggernauts led the way for highschools in Northern Kentucky to win State Championships for over thirtyconsecutive years. This is that story.

Chasing the Runner’s High: My SixtyMillion Step Program, by Ray Charbonneau

In"Chasing the Runner's High", Ray Charbonneau tells the story how hepushed his addiction to running up to, and then past, his limits. It's a memoirthat shares what he learned, what he should have learned, and what he still hasto learn from running.

Marshall Ulrich, 4 time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon (and author of"Running on Empty"), calls Chasing the Runner's High "a look atone man's life and obsession with running and addictive behaviors. Humorous attimes, but always looking toward the greater good, Ray shares life's ups anddowns and provides a hard look into the mind of a runner, offering advice thatcan only be had with experience and hard fought miles underfoot.

Strides: Running Through History With AnUnlikely Athlete: by Ben Cheever

Cheever,a former journalist and onetime copy editor at Reader's Digest, meldsreportorial skills, literary talent and a wicked sense of humor to capture theirony and indefatigable spirit of running in the 21st century....Beginners willrelate to Cheever's inauspicious initial forays into fitness and exercise, andveteran runners can share his enthusiasm for the Kenyans and other leaders ofthe pack. The result is a joyous and inspirational ode to our transformativesport.

The Running Life: Wisdom and Observationfrom a Lifetime of Running, by Donald Buraglio

DonaldBuraglio and Michael Dove write The Running Life column in the Monterey Heraldnewspaper. Their columns have a unique point of view based on a combined fiftyplus years of experience as competitive runners, race organizers, and speakers.They both live with their families on the Central Coast of California.

The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon RaceDirector’s Road to Success, by David McGillivray

Alwaysthe last pick for team sports because of his small stature, David McGillivraydrove himself to excel at individual sports. Whe he was 16, he set himself upfor the one "failure" that would motivate the rest of his life. Heattempted to run in his first Boston Marathon - without training for the event.Not crossing the finish line could have been a crushing blow. Instead he wenton to complete 115 marathons and eventually to become the Boston Marathon'srace director.

The Olympic Marathon, by David Martin

NoOlympic event can rival the rich history and grand spectacle of the marathon.Created for the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 as a commemorationof the legendary run by the Greek messenger Philippides, the race has enduredlike no other, producing a century of awe-inspiring competition andunforgettable stories.

Running: A Novel, by Jean Echenoz

Frenchauthor Echenoz (Ravel) centers his new biographical novel on EmilZátopek, the first Czech Olympic gold medal winner in track and field. The Nazioccupation of Moravia means mandatory participation in youth organizations;forced to participate in a race, Emil begrudgingly embarks on his athleticcareer, only to discover a passion for running. Emil's training techniquesreject notions of moderation and energy conservation in favor of relentlessspeed training and little rest. These masochistic efforts pay off as Emilbecomes a world champion.

Run for Life, by Roy Wallack

Runfor Life is a 'must-read' for any runners who want to run the rest of theirlives. It's chock full of legitimate and innovative methods aimed at offsettingcommon running injuries like pool running, barefoot running, andmidfoot/forefoot techniques, as well as a few radical concepts likehigh-intensity all-out, 30-second "Ultra-intervals" that purportedlybuild speed on limited training time. The book is replete with expert testimonyand examples, and has a rich collection of interviews with the likes of FrankShorter, Bill Rodgers, Helen Klein Rod Dixon, and Dr. Kenneth Cooper, amongothers.

The Perfect Mile: Three athletes, onegoal, and less than 4 minutes to achieve it

ThePerfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to AchieveIt (2004) by Neal Bascomb is a non-fiction book about three runners and theirattempts to become the first man to run a mile under four minutes. The runnersare Englishman Roger Bannister, American Wes Santee, and Australian John Landy.The book's climax is Bannister's breaking of the record on May 6, 1954.

Spaghetti Every Friday: The Story ofRunning 50 Marathons in 50 Weeks

Thiswas Bob Fletcher's semi-diary account of the year during which he turned 50,and ran 50 marathons. It's extremely interesting if you are a runner -- andespecially so if you ran daily at Houston's Memorial Park when Bob Fletcherbased his training there. One saw him every single day there, seemingly at allhours, just running all the time.

Runner’s World Complete Book of Women’sRunning

More than 10 million women across the country now identifythemselves as regular runners. In response to the dramatic increase in thenumber of women in the sport, Dagny Scott Barrios and the experts at Runner'sWorld have created this singular guide--now updated with 25 percent newmaterial--where women will discover how to:

     • train forany race, from a 5K to a marathon     • eatnutritiously and for maximum energy     • loseweight permanently     • dealwith self-consciousness and body image     • runduring pregnancy and through menopause     • choosethe best clothes and accessories     • runanywhere safely     • preventand treat injuries, especially those that women are most likely to encounter



TheCompetitive Runner’s Handbook, by Bob Glover


As anyone whohas ever run competitively knows, there's more to it than putting one foot infront of the other as fast as possible. The Glovers here provide a full rangeof advice and instruction on all aspects of running, including diet, exercise,training, strategy, and footwear.


TheComplete Book of Running for Women, by Claire Kowalchik


More women than ever are discovering the unique benefits ofrunning -- for stress relief, weight management, endurance, and self-esteem.Women's bodies are not the same as men's, and though we can train just as hardand with the same passion for excellence, we have certain special concerns.Finally, there is a comprehensive guide exclusively for women who experiencethe pure joy of running, or want to.


Running for the Hansons, by Sage Canaday

RunningFor The Hansons offers the reader a glimpse of what it is like to be aprofessional distance runner, to run in a major sponsors shoes, and to live alifestyle structured around training and racing. It is a first-hand, exclusiveaccount that delves into the elations, the disappointments and there-discoveries of what it takes to be an elite, American distance runner. The storyprovides a framework of The Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, a post-collegiatemarathon-focused training group based in Michigan that was made famous by theprogression of 2008 US Olympian Brian Sell. Runners of all ages and abilitieswill quickly recognize that the thought processes of such athletes mentioned inthe story can be applied to their own running. The mega-mileage, 140-mile weeksand puke-inducing workouts and races that are discussed in the book arerelative extensions from the challenges that any high school team, collegecross-country team or marathon-training group must learn to conquer together.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners 101,by Jack Canfield

Whenrunners aren't running, they are talking about running, planning their nextrun, shopping for running... This book contains 101 stories from everyday andfamous runners... telling their stories to other runners... about how runninghas improved their lives, recovering from injuries, challenging themselves, andincludes amazing stories of marathons, camaraderie, and the natural high thatcomes from this popular sport. Plenty of stories for triathletes too, coveringswimming and cycling.

Terry Fox and His Marathon of Hope

In1980, Terry Fox set out to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research— despite having lost one leg to the disease. His goal was to raise $1 fromevery Canadian to help find a cure, and some combination of passion, idealism,and sheer guts led to the impossible notion that he would do this on one goodleg and a prosthesis. Beginning in Newfoundland on April 12, 1980, he ran 26miles each day for 143 consecutive days. But on September 1, the return of hiscancer forced him to stop in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He died ten months later,but by then his dream had been realized: over $24 million had been collected inhis name. Created to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of his journey, thisbiography combines over 80 new photographs from a previously unknown familycollection with a very personal episodic narrative. The result brings a magicmoment in Canadian history, and the young man who inspired it, freshly alive.

George Sheehan on Running to Win: How toAchieve the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Victories of Running

Thisbook's subtitle describes it best. While exploring the interconnectedness ofrunning with the mind, body, and spirit, Sheehan, a well-known doctor, runner,and author of many books on running such as Personal Best (Rodale Pr., 1989),also provides sound, practical advice on training and racing. This book willappeal to "middle of the pack" runners who are more interested in thequality of their running and training, rather than the quantity. Older runners,and those who simply want to smell the flowers along the way instead of puttingin 100-mile weeks, will also be interested. Sheehan's emphasis is on running bythe clock (time) instead of concentrating on running megamiles. Sheehan advocateslistening to the body, mind, and spirit to determine how far and how fast torun.

The Complete Book of Running, by JimFixx

Discussesnot only the physical benefits of running, but its psychological benefits as well:increasing self-esteem, acquiring a "high" from running, and beingable to cope better with pressure and tension. Yep, it still sells.

Barefoot Runner, by Paul Rambali

AbebeBikila, a soldier in the imperial guard of Ethiopia's Haile Selassie, wasn'tjust the first African athlete to win a gold medal in Olympic competition. Hewon the marathon in the 1960 games while running barefoot, then defied odds towin again in Tokyo four years later. Between the two victories, however, henearly faced execution after being used as a pawn by leaders of an unsuccessfulcoup against Selassie. His life has all the makings of a compelling story—anddespite being billed as a biography, Rambali's account takes a highlynovelistic approach, imagining the inner thoughts of Bikila (1932–1973) andother figures in every scene. The technique is suspect, given the failure tocite documentation for such speculation when all the major players have beendead for decades. Furthermore, key historical details are inexplicablybypassed; when a German philanthropist donates hundreds of running shoes toEthiopia's athletic program, for example, the name of the shoe company is nevermentioned. Rambali also falls short as a dramatist, awkwardly juxtaposingBikila's career against the personal turmoil of his trainer, Onni Niskanen, andthe declining years of Selassie's reign.

Joggingwith Lydiard

Ajogging handbook. It renews Arthur Lydiard's philosophy of jogging, just as itwas 40 years ago. It is a guide to why you should jog, if you are not joggingalready; how you jog, or jog better if you jog already; and how it holds backthe degeneration that does not necessarily have to accompany the advancingyears. Lydiard argues that jogging will not stop you growing older but it willhelp you to grow older more gracefully and with less loss of both physical andmental mobility.

Hills,Hawgs & Ho Chi Minh: More Tales of a Wayward Runner, by Don Kardong

Youhave to be or have been a dedicated runner, or at least a serious athlete, toappreciate the motivation behind the things that Don Kardong undertakes in thisbook. It also helps to be or have been a triathlete and/or a multi-sport enthusiastsince Kardong frequently finds himself involved in competitions which requireskill in something other than running. Fortunately for everyone involved,Kardong has a great sense of humor and is truly in love with his sport. Bothdedication and humor are found in abundance here. I especially enjoyed thepiece about Steve Prefontaine and Kardong's attendance at a Triathlete workshopwhere he steadfastly refused to so much as look at the swimming pool.

ThePerfect Distance - Ovett and Coe: The Record-Breaking Rivalry, by Pat Butcher

SteveOvett and Sebastian Coe presided over the golden era of British athletics.Between them they won three Olympic gold medals, two silvers, one bronze, andbroke a total of twelve middle-distance records. As far apart as possible interms of class and upbringing, their rivalry burned as intense on the track asaway from it. The pendulum swung between the pair of them—each breaking theother's records, and, memorably, triumphing in each other's events in Moscow in1980. The Perfect Distance is both a detailed re-creation and a fittingcelebration of the greatest era of British athletics.

Harriers:The Making of a Championship Cross Country Team, by Joseph and Paul Shivers

Afresh perspective enlivens this classic story about a losing team with anenergetic new coach. Written by two Ohio teenagers about their high school'scross-country team, this account offers engaging portraits of the kids andtheir coach, passes on lessons of hard work and sacrifice, and follows theascent of the Salem Quakers cross-country team to a first-place ranking intheir conference and third place at the 2003 state championships. Along the waythe teenagers learn the unromantic truth about the athletic association thatregulates their high school sport—legal wrangling and uproar ensue whenofficials find scoring errors in a postseason meet. As they develop theirtalents and teamwork, the teens also learn valuable lessons about sports rules,bureaucracy, and true success.

Runnersand Other Dreamers, by John L Parker, Jr

What really made Jim Ryun tick? Whydid Jim Fixx really die? What is the Cinnamon Bun Theory and what does it haveto do with Pat Porter, high altitude sickness, and four national cross countrychampionships?   Readers will find theanswers to such questions and a great deal more in his latest work.   This one is destined to become a cultclassic like Once a Runner and Runners and Other Ghosts on the Trail. Thiscollection of Parker's non-fiction pieces contains everything that originallyappeared in the earlier Runners & Other Ghosts on the Trail plus much, muchmore.   Profiles on Jim Ryun, Pat Porter,Barry Brown, Frank Shorter and others. Incisive essays on The place of sportsin the post-industrial age, Comebacks, The Aging Athlete, and Missing thePoetry, all from his highly regarded Ultrasport columns. Lighter moments likeThe Great Dragon Run, The TeeVee Olympics, Training in Greece, and GettingBeaten by a Woman.

Running and Being, by George Sheehan

Thebook that helped get the world running is back. This New York Times bestsellerwritten by the late runner, doctor, philosopher, Dr. George Sheehan is atimeless classic. It tells of Dr. Sheehan's midlife return to the world ofexercise, play, and competition. Focusing on the importance of"play", Sheehan describes his program for fitness and joy, sharingwith the reader how the body helps open up our mental and spiritual energies.

FirstMarathons, by Gail Kislevitz

FirstMarathons is simply the accounts of many different folks from elite (i.e.professional) runners to talented amateurs to ordinary folks. It seems at firstthat it would be interesting primarily to serious runners who have or will soonrun a marathon. It is that, but surprisingly, it is so much more. This is abook for anyone who wishes to be inspired by quiet heroes and unsung heroics.

Flanagan’s Run, by TomMcNab

It is depression-era America and notorious huckster,Flanagan, plans the ultimate race, reeling in contestants with the promise of aglittering jackpot prize. Two thousand audacious hopefuls line up at thestarting line from every walk of life and all ends of the globe, each withsomething to prove. As they run themselves ragged across America, they come upagainst numerous hazards, including the precipitous Rockies, shady mobsters andcrooked officials. Their different stories, ambitions and dreams convergethrough a shared determination which will inspire you to push on to thefinishing line.

C.C. Pyle's AmazingFoot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America, byGeoff Williams

On March 4, 1928, 199 men set off from Los Angeleson foot. Their destination: New York City. It was the Bunion Derby, perhaps themost grueling contest in the golden age of endurance competitions, an era whendancing, flagpole sitting, eating, and even coffee drinking turned into testsof will. The race was the brainchild of huckster C. C. Pyle, who shares thefocus of this fascinating account with some of the racers (especially youngAndy Payne, who entered the derby in the name of true love). In a broadersense, though, author Williams tells the story of pre-Depression America, whenthe world seemed an exciting place, and when the horizon was bright. The racewas an exhausting, punishing event (amazingly, more than 50 racers finishedit), and Williams recounts the story with gusto, giving us a real sense of thephysical and mental toll the competition took on its participants. Pyle comesoff as a likable rogue, a classic Roaring Twenties, get-rich-quick kind of guy.The book is like a time capsule—and an extremely entertaining one at that.

Bunion Derby: The 1928Footrace Across America, by Charles Kastner

On March 4, 1928, 199 men lined up in Los Angeles,California, to participate in a 3,400-mile transcontinental footrace to NewYork City. The Bunion Derby, as the press dubbed the event, was the brainchildof sports promoter Charles C. Pyle. He promised a $25,000 grand prize andclaimed the competition would immortalize U.S. Highway Route 66, a 2,400-mileroad, mostly unpaved, that subjected the runners to mountains, deserts, mud,and sandstorms, from Los Angeles to Chicago.

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