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What’s The Right Running Book For You?

Find the best one based on your personality and training.

Running might not be too conducive to reading—at least not at the same time. However there are so many awesome books for runners. They come in many different forms, from serious training programs to humorous stories. But they all have one thing in common: they were written by runners for runners. Take a look at the following list to find the right book for you.

For the science types

Why We Run by Bernd Heinrich. OK, I’m not a science type, but this book easily blends biology, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy into a book about running. If that doesn’t intrigue you, then you’re probably not a science person either.

For the beginners

No Need For Speed by John Bingham. If you’re just entering the running world, you’ve probably never heard of Mr. Bingham before. He is a voice for the back-of-the-packers and has done wonders for mainstream running. This book is a nice easy introduction into running, with plenty of practical tips, as well as stories from his foray into running.

For the marathoners

Marathon Man by Bill Rodgers and Matthew Shepatin. You wanna be inspired to get out there and log your miles? Look no further then adding this option to your audio book line-up.

For the goal oriented

Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness. Written by a former consultant and a running coach, the book uses a blend of personal stories and scientific insights to show the best way to sustain great performances in every aspect of life, not just running.

For the story teller

Running: A Love Story by Jen. A Miller. This memoir follows Miller’s story of how running touched her life and got her through many difficult times, including the end of a relationship. Such a relatable and emotional read for runners.

For the foodie

Run Fast Eat Slow by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. Maybe you wouldn’t set down to read a cookbook (although some people do) but then again, not many Olympians are sharing exactly what they eat to run their best. You’ll want to try all of these delicious recipes.

Related: Healthy Recipes To Try From “Run Fast Eat Slow”

For the history buff

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. While this story might be more about a soldier in World War II trying to survive being lost at sea, there’s an underlying story of his past dreams of making the Olympic team. A hidden running tale within a book about war.

For the kid at heart

The Non-Runner’s Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais. Get off your butt and on with your training. If you’re looking to inject a little bit of humor into your running, then look no further. Dawn will keep you laughing all while inspiring you to get out there.

For the existentialist

To Be a Runner by Martin Dugard. If you’re one who’s always looking for a deeper meaning to something, this book will show you how running can make you a better person. If that’s not motivation enough, then…well…we can’t help you.

For the ones in training

Hansons Marathon Method by Luke Humphrey and Keith Hanson. A list on running books wouldn’t be complete without a training book, would it? Of course, there are many different training methods and books out there, but this one is pretty well-known.

Obviously this list only puts a dent in the numerous books out there on running, but it is a great place to start.

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