I'm trying to compile a list of great books for runners. Here is the start of my list, please make other suggestions:
Into Thin Air by Krakauer
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Ralston
It's Not about the Bike by Armstrong
Into the Wild by Krakauer
Ultramarathon Man by Karnazes
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Duel In The Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley and America's Greatest Marathon by John Brant
Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer
26 Miles To Boston: the Boston Marathon Experience from Hopkinton to Copley Square by Michael Connelly
Bowerman and The Men of Orgeon by Kenny Moore
I like some of the ones others have listed plus:
Running with the Buffaloes: A season inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men's Cross-Country Team, by Chris Lear
To the Edge: A man, Death Valley, and the Mystery of Endurance by Kirk Johnson. This is the story of a man driven to understand life, survival, and what it takes to run Badwater.
The Runner's Literary Companion: Great Stories and Poems About Running edited by Garth Battista. This book has a nice mix of items by authors you will recognize and some you won't. My favorite chapters were those that didn't revolve around the traditional competition theme of most running books.
The Other Shulman by Alan Zweibel. This is a humorous fictional story about a man who hopes to solve the problems in his mundane life by training for and running his first marathon: The NYC marathon.
Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei by John Stevens. In-training Japanese "marathon monks" pursue enlightment by running 1,000 marathons over the course of 7 years and covering 27,000 miles. The beginning was a bit dense in Tendai Budhhism info but the chapters related to the actual marathon training were fascinating. There's also a good documentary of the same name.
Once A Runner, by John Parker, fiction but it feels real.
Running Through The Wall, Personal Encounters With The Ultramarathon, edited by Neal Jamison
The Competitive Runner's Handbookby Bob Glover & Shelly-lynn Florence Glover
Lore of Runningby Tim Noakes, MD
Somebody should put this on the wiki
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There already IS a books section on the wiki, please feel free to add to it anyone
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For the Boomers ...Running Past 50 (Ageless Athlete) ...by Robert Benyo.
But....you can get pretty much all you need to know from "CoolRunning"!
Growing Old is mandatory
Growing UP is optional
This Voice in My Heart, Gilbert Tuhabonyemana (sp?) - true account of his life in Burundi, being the lone survivor of a masacre on the school he was attending, and the healing of body and soul - amazing - I literally didn't put it down until I finished it.