Good running book recommendations

Looking for a good running book

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09/09/2012 at 19:47

Hi All

Going to be spending a long time on a plane in near future and looking for a good running book - not sure whether to go good training bok or inspirational but these are books currently on my shortlist.

Training Books

The art of running faster; Daniels Running Formula; The Runners Handbook by Bob Glover

Inspirational Reads

From Last to First; Born to Run; The Ghost Runner; Feet in the Clouds; What I talk about when I talk about running; Running Crazy;

Any pointers that anyone can give me would be good - I'm 44 and been training for about a year and I've just run a 42min 10k so not a beginner but a long way from elite too!

Feet in the Clouds interested me because I walk the fells but I don't do fell running so worried it might be a bit specialist - full of experiences I haven't shared etc.

Thanks for any responses, cheers, Skinny 

 

09/09/2012 at 20:32
09/09/2012 at 21:04

Matt - thanks - like a lot of new threads on here I should have simply put books into search facility and see what comes up so thanks for redirecting me!

On strength of other thread I have already purchased Born to Run - thanks for your help.

Cheers, Skinny

09/09/2012 at 22:42
I'm currently reading a book about UK Athletics called "Running Scared". You may need to check the reviews on Amazon. It's not inspirational, nor does it hold the secrets of success, but it is one hell of a read.
09/09/2012 at 22:58
Running Wild by Boff Whalley
Running with the Kenyans
10/09/2012 at 06:21

Charlie Speddings book

'Tea with Mr Newton' the story of Arthur Newton is  really good read.

10/09/2012 at 09:25

Not sure why Plimsolls on Eyeballs out has never caught on - a biography of Jim Peters-  shows how the old guys really trained - would endorse the Running with the Kenyans book - I read that on holiday -

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
10/09/2012 at 11:47

Me too.

10/09/2012 at 11:53
Another vote for Running With The Kenyan. It provides a real insight into what makes them so good.
10/09/2012 at 20:17

Hi,

I enjoyed Running with The Kenyans too.They are SO dedicatd. I borrowed it from our local library ,together with Can't Swim Can't ride Can't Run:Common man to Iron man. That made me laugh alot(and cry abit) and was a really lighthearted read.Thoroughly enjoyed it.

18/09/2012 at 16:55

Running with the kenyans for me as well  - really enjoyed it. You may have gone on holiday already so apologies if it's late!

Thoughts on The Art of Running Faster by Goater anyone? I'm tempted.....

Also enjoyed Chrissie Wellington's book - Tri I know but a good read!

Ironholgs    pirate
19/09/2012 at 10:22

If any of you are in the Portsmouth area on the 27th October you may be interested in part of the Portsmouth Book fest. They are doing a 'Marathon Read' from 12 -4 with talks by Adharanand Finn who wrote "Running with Kenyans" and Helen Summer who wrote "Running Crazy". I'm also on the bill, and no I'm not getting paid.

It costs a fiver and details are here :details of the book festival you'll find details of the rest of the festival, some great authors on especially if you like crime.

As a reader I'm looking forward to hearing Adharanand and Helen speak.

19/09/2012 at 10:29

 

Another endorsement for running with the kenyans, born to run and also I liked Ultra Marathon man which hasn't been mentioned yet. I found part of feet in the clouds excellent but other bits as a non fell runner were pretty heavy going!

19/09/2012 at 14:51

 

Ironholgs wrote (see)

If any of you are in the Portsmouth area on the 27th October you may be interested in part of the Portsmouth Book fest. They are doing a 'Marathon Read' from 12 -4 with talks by Adharanand Finn who wrote "Running with Kenyans" and Helen Summer who wrote "Running Crazy". I'm also on the bill, and no I'm not getting paid.

It costs a fiver and details are here :details of the book festival you'll find details of the rest of the festival, some great authors on especially if you like crime.

As a reader I'm looking forward to hearing Adharanand and Helen speak.

Ironholgs - you may have a lot to answer for!!! I am doing the GSR the next day and am coming over from Jersey on the Saturday morning - was going to do Christmas shopping in Southampton but am now going to attend the Book festival instead! I've read Running with the Kenyans and really enjoyed it. Tickets go on sale on Monday.

It'll be inspiration for getting me round the course the next day      just not sure what to do about Christmas pressies.........

Ironholgs    pirate
19/09/2012 at 16:22

Aplogies to your family if they go without this Christmas

19/09/2012 at 16:53

 The Runners Handbook, and the Competitive Runners Handbook, both by Glover, are my constant reference books.

Daniels Formula is a book I have often browsed through but never bought. If I ever run a marathon though that is the book I will buy.

Bounce-Matthew Syed. The chapter on purposeful practice is worth committing to memory.

 

 

 

 

 

27/09/2012 at 15:37

Got my ticket for the Marathon Read 27th October in Portsmouth  - really good value for £5.00 and means I can sit down and relax before doing the GSR the next day and feel motivated!

Ordered The Art of Running Faster not yet arrived though.

27/09/2012 at 21:35

The Dirtiest Race Ever. The story of Mens Olympic 100m in Seoul 1988. A cracking read.

27/09/2012 at 21:43
My cousin bought me the book "what I talk about when I talk about running" excellent read.
27/09/2012 at 21:49
Jelleybaby looks like your family will get books for Xmas!!!
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