There are quite a few good running books on the market but for your convenience, we have compiled a list of six of the best running books that you should be reading. In no particular order, here is our selection…
Born To Run by Christopher McDougall
This book has been highly acclaimed and even made the The New York Times’ bestseller list. “Born To Run” is a semi-autobiographical story that is centred on runner and journalist, Christopher McDougall’s running exploits as he endeavours to run with the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico. The story contains a lot of historical anecdotes on running. “Born To Run” culminates at the Copper Canyons as the elite US runners go up against the tribe. It should be noted that this book has been at the forefront of the minimalist running movement.
Lore of Running by Tim Nokes
This is a ground breaking book on running by globally acclaimed sports and nutrition professor and runner, Tim Nokes. He delves into the ins and outs of running, focusing on aspects such as training, racing, injuries, etc. This should be your go-to book when it comes to running. Nokes advises that you should ignore the nutrition section as he initially advocated carbo-loading. He later admitted that this is inaccurate and now promotes a diet, high in fat and low in carbohydrates (not unlike the Paleo Diet). The book also has interviews with world class runners who share helpful tips and pointers.
Daniels’ Running Formula by Jack Daniels
Internationally acclaimed and highly touted running coach, Jack Daniels has led Cortland runners to eight NCAA Division III national championships, 30 individual national titles and more than 130 All-America awards. Granted he is an authority on running and discusses his tried and tested notions and principles on running. The training programs are concise, scientific and will up your running skills. Daniels’ Running Formulae is an amazing book and is recommended to runners and coaches alike.
Barefoot Runner: The Life of Marathon Champion Abebe Bikila by Paul Rambali
Whether you run or don’t, you have to read the fascinating tale of Abebe Bikila. His story is amazing – he became the world’s first black African to snag a gold medal at the Olympics. That happened in Rome in 1960 and more impressively, he won gold while running barefoot! Bikila grew up in poverty stricken Ethiopia, but a fierce determination made him a giant amongst men. He later won another gold medal at the Olympics in 1964 in Tokyo. Bikila became implicated in a failed coup which had severe repercussions. He became a figure for black African nationalism. “Barefoot Runner” is a captivating read that has to be read from cover to cover.
The Runner’s Yoga Book: A Balanced Approach to Fitness by Jean Couch
“The Runner’s Yoga Book: A Balanced Approach to Fitness” is ideal for seasoned or beginner runners. Author Jean Crouch takes a yoga-centric approach to running and renders advice on different types of poses that will aid in reducing injuries and assist with recovery. Crouch also teaches athletes about body awareness. It features over 400 photographs and illustrations of poses. It also includes routines for other sports. As a runner, you certainly will benefit from the skills taught in this book.
Runner’s World Guide to Cross-Training by Matt Fitzgerald
From casual running to competing in marathons, cross-training is going to help you improve your running skill. It will also help you beat any potential training plateaus. “Runner’s World Guide to Cross-Training” has some beneficial exercises and activities to compliment your running skills. It includes five complete sample programs that are going to get you prepared for various types of marathons and even triathlons.
What other running books would you recommend?