Best ever running books

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16/02/2012 at 21:25

It's my birthday soon and my missus wants inspiration on running books to get me

Already got: Ultramarathon Man, Born to Run, The Greatest (Haile' biography), The Ghost Runner, Running for my Life, P&D, Road running for Serious Runners (LOL!), Daniels' Running Formula

Any suggestions? Money no object- well to me, anyway!!

16/02/2012 at 21:33
That Murakami (sp?) one. Is it `what i think about when i think about running`. Class above imo.
16/02/2012 at 21:37
Fictionalized biography of Emil Zatopek  Great .
16/02/2012 at 21:46
From Last to First - Charlie Spedding
16/02/2012 at 21:46

ET- oops- should have put that on the already got list- good read though

ATM- Thanks

16/02/2012 at 21:49
Red S- looks promising
16/02/2012 at 22:24
I have a few of the books mentioned. My favourite is Running with Lydiard by Arthur Lydiard. It won't be to everyone's taste cos it is a book which provides the groundwork of how to train.
16/02/2012 at 22:25

Feet in the Clouds

The Perfect Distance, (Coe and Ovett) - Pat Butcher

The Lore of Running- Tim Noakes (essential manual for every runner)

The extra Mile - Pam Reed

Wild Trails to Far Horizons - Mike Cudahy

17/02/2012 at 09:08

A good list of books there, some of which i will certainly look up.

As a follow up question I wondered if anyone could suggest some that would be a good read for non-runners as well - shock, horror! Yes, there are such things as non-runners

I've been asked if I'd talk to the local library group about my first marathon attempt, and have been asked to include something related to books as well - it being a library group and all! I'm assuming most of them don't run, so might not find the training type books of as much interest.

17/02/2012 at 09:20
Have a look at some reviews of the Zatopek book and of the film footage about him on youtube, jason. His story is definitely of interest even to a confirmed non-runner. On the human-interest front, I found it heartbreaking. I like that in a book...
17/02/2012 at 10:02
How long did he rule Mexico for?
17/02/2012 at 10:07
It's not that  fictionalized..But, hey, it would make a great movie twist...The shorts, the vests, the Russian Army, the Mexican Army, St.Wencelas Square, sombreros...It will work Sussex R! Send me a draft script...
17/02/2012 at 10:09

Feet in the Clouds is a great read if you have an interest in Fell running and particularly the BGR.

17/02/2012 at 10:12
Just noticed FICTIONALISED-thats intersting. Kind of like the David Peace book on Clough. Not the not-so-god film version!
17/02/2012 at 11:42

Feet in the Clouds should also have been on my already got (and read numerous times!!) list. Some great suggestions everyone- will give a list to Mrs JD- thanks a lot!

Helen- I'd suggest that FitC is well worth a read even if you're a non-runner

17/02/2012 at 11:44

For non-runners Born to Run is still a fascinating travelogue and a good yarn - even if the barefoot message is a debateable.

The Bart yasso book is an easy read too, (cant rememeber the title but goole bart yasso and you'll find it) 

17/02/2012 at 13:07
I just read the biography of Ron Peters called 'Plimsolls On, Eyeballs Out', a very interesting read.
17/02/2012 at 13:15

Helen - someone I know texted me this week to say they're reading Born to Run and loving it - they are not a runner.  It's v good if you haven't read it.

Jason - I flicked through my Charlie Spedding book last night to remind me of how it read and I would hugely recommend it.  I also looked at Charlie's website and blog.  He's recently recovered from lymphoma and is back running.  I didn't realise he'd been unwell.

17/02/2012 at 14:04

RS- hinting heavily to the missus

Born to run is fab for runners and non-runners, i'd agree. i've read it at least 6 times

17/02/2012 at 15:37
Helen - 'just a little run around the world' would be a great book for a non-runner
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