I Need Running Book Recommendations Please!

Hi all,

I'm going away next week ( to the sun! Yippee!) and am looking for some inspirational running books to while away some hours when I'm not actually running!

I've already read the following:

1. Born to Run

2. The Lazy Runner

3. Running Like A Girl

4. The First 20 Minutes

5. The Complete Book of Running For Women

6. Running With The Pack

7. The Art of Running Faster

Blimey, I didn't realise I'd read so much! I must really like this running thing.

I'm sure some of you got a few goodies for Christmas so any recommendations are very welcome. I

Thanks everyone.


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19 Replies

  • Flanagan's run by Tom McNab. I absolutely love that book. set in the 20's in depression era, it follows a trans american run. Fictional but still inspirational

  • Thank you helcl. I'll check this out.

  • Feet in the Clouds by Richard Askwith. We did this for book club before I had even thought about C25K and it was even interesting to non-runners.

  • I'm going to second this recommendation - a gorgeous book!

  • Thank you tea fairy.

  • Thanks henpen. Will take a look.

  • Thanks henpen. Will take a look.

  • Seconding this recommendation - second. Loved it.

  • Thanks Slookie. Will definitely check it out.

  • Someone gave me a Dean Karnazes book called 50/50 about his 50 marathons in 50 days. He travelled in a bus all over the US, meeting up with local runners. Interesting, true story. I really enjoyed it. It's an easy read and not too long

  • Thanks misswobble.

  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Murakami - really lovely book that explores all sorts of aspects and reasons (and distances) of running, written by a wonderful author!

    I borrowed it from the library but loved it so much that I bought a copy too.

  • Oh that sounds good. Thanks gnimia.

  • Fab book by a wonderful author - can recommend his fiction too!

  • Thank you!

  • A book called "Lazy Runner" written by Marie Bean ,I've got it on my Kindle...recommended on a running blog I follow .A good read with lots of really useful info.

    EnJoy your sunshine holiday :)

  • Thanks Carolecal. I've read The Lazy Runner but that was by a different author. Will look at this one.

  • Go old school, my friend wrote this, one of the first books to encourage women on this running craze nearly 40 years ago. Her work predates Jim Fixx, who gets more credit. She's still fit, still writing. Not running, but serious walking and talking (about snakes, birds, etc) as a docent at a national park in Arizona.

    Running for Health and Beauty: A Complete Guide for Women (Feb 1977) Kathryn Lance

    Or this one.

    Getting Strong : a Woman's Guide to Realizing Her Physical Potential (1978) Kathryn Lance

    These are available, used, on Amazon.co.uk.

  • Great recommendations there Nilzed. Many thanks. Will have a little browse!

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