Your ready made (nearly) Christmas Book list for runners

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15/11/2012 at 13:46

Andy Holgate, Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to Ironman (Forumite Holgs)
Frank Horwill, Obsession for Running
Tim Noakes, Lore of running
Tim Noakes, Waterlogged
Art of Running, Julian Goater
Pfitzinger and Douglas, Advanced Marathoning
Keith Livingstone, Healthy Intelligent Training (The proven principles of Arthur Lydiard)
Charlie Spedding, From First to Last
Tea with Mr. Newton: the Biography of Arthur Newton
Hal Higdon, The Ultimate Marathon Training Guide
Scott Jurek, Eat and Run
Jack Daniels, Running Formula
Steven Downes and Duncan Mackay, Running Scared: How Athletics Lost its Innocence
Richard Moore, The Dirtiest Race in History
Plimsoles on, Eyeballs out, The Story of Jum Peters
Jessica Ennis, Unbelievable
Feet in the Clouds, Richard Askwith
Born to Run, Christopher McDougall
What I talk about when I talk about running, Hamuki Murakami
The Long Hard Road, Parts 1 and 2, Ron Hill
Running with the Legends, Michael Sandrock
The Ghost Runner, Bill Jones
Plus 3 books from AW: Great British Runners
Great Marathon Runners
The Greatest Games Ever
Adharanand Finn, Running with the Kenyans
Wilson, Watts and Horwill, The Complete Middle Distance Runner
Bill Adcocks, The Road to Athens
The Cutting Edge Runner, Matt Fitzgerald
Once a runner, John Parker
Again to Carthage, John Parker
Running for my life Lopez Loomony
14 mins from death, Salazar
Pre, Tom Jordan
Running for their lives, Whitaker
The Perfect Distance: Story of Coe v Ovett, Pat Butcher
Barefoot Runner (Abebe Bikele), Paul Rambali
The Secret Olympian, Anon
Better Training For Distance Runners, Martin and Coe
Slaying the Dragon, Michael Johnson
Gold Rush, Michael Johnson
Manchester Marathons, Hill and Shuttleworth
A life without limits, Chrissie Wellington
Running Fast and Injury Free - Gordon Pirie
More Fire: How to Run the Kenyan Way - Toby Tanser
Paula: My Story So Far, Paula Radcliffe
How to Run: from fun runs to marathons etc, Paula Radcliffe
Kelly Holmes, Black White and Gold, my autobiography, Kelly Holmes
The Greatest: The Haile Gebrselassie story, Haile Gebrselassie
The London Marathon, John Bryant
Sebastian Coe, The Winning Mind: What it takes to become a true champion
Dean Karnazes   Ultramarathon Man: confessions of an all-night runner
Dean Karnazes, Run! 26.2 miles of Blisters and Bliss
Julie Welch, 26.2: Running the London Marathon (a favourite:the book, not the race!)
Mud, Sweat and Tears - Moire O'Sullivan
The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running - AW Chase, N Hobbs
Relentless Forward Progress - Bryan Powell
Finding Ultra - Rich Roll (Audible)
The Elements of Effort - John Jerome (Audible)
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners - A Newmark, M Hansen

 

 

 

 

JOSS - The Life and Times of the Legendary Lake District Fell Runner and Shepherd Joss Naylor

Keith Richardson
The Competitive Runner’s Handbook, Bob Glover
The Advanced Runners Handbook, Bob Gover
Running with Lydiard, Arthur Lydiard
Racing Weight, Matt Fitzgerald
Road Racing for serious runners, Pfitzinger & Douglas
The Looniness of the Long Distance Runner, Russell Taylor
Winning Running by Peter Coe,
Queen of the Track by Liz McColgan,
Sonia My Story by Sonia O’Sullivan with Tim Humphries,
Running with the Buffaloes by Chris Lear,
Why We Run by Bernd Heinrich,
Everyone's Guide to Distance Running by Norrie Williamson,
Running Wild by Gordon Pirie,
Endurance Running by Norman Brook,
Funny Running Stories by Geoff Wig

15/11/2012 at 13:52

Sorry, something went wrong there: FINAL LIST below!

Andy Holgate, Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to Ironman (Forumite Holgs)
Frank Horwill, Obsession for Running
Tim Noakes, Lore of running
Tim Noakes, Waterlogged
Art of Running, Julian Goater
Pfitzinger and Douglas, Advanced Marathoning
Keith Livingstone, Healthy Intelligent Training (The proven principles of Arthur Lydiard)
Charlie Spedding, From First to Last
Tea with Mr. Newton: the Biography of Arthur Newton
Hal Higdon, The Ultimate Marathon Training Guide
Scott Jurek, Eat and Run
Jack Daniels, Running Formula
Steven Downes and Duncan Mackay, Running Scared: How Athletics Lost its Innocence
Richard Moore, The Dirtiest Race in History
Plimsoles on, Eyeballs out, The Story of Jum Peters
Jessica Ennis, Unbelievable
Feet in the Clouds, Richard Askwith
Born to Run, Christopher McDougall
What I talk about when I talk about running, Hamuki Murakami
The Long Hard Road, Parts 1 and 2, Ron Hill
Running with the Legends, Michael Sandrock
The Ghost Runner, Bill Jones
Plus 3 books from AW: Great British Runners
Great Marathon Runners
The Greatest Games Ever
Adharanand Finn, Running with the Kenyans
Wilson, Watts and Horwill, The Complete Middle Distance Runner
Bill Adcocks, The Road to Athens
The Cutting Edge Runner, Matt Fitzgerald
Once a runner, John Parker
Again to Carthage, John Parker
Running for my life Lopez Loomony
14 mins from death, Salazar
Pre, Tom Jordan
Running for their lives, Whitaker
The Perfect Distance: Story of Coe v Ovett, Pat Butcher
Barefoot Runner (Abebe Bikele), Paul Rambali
The Secret Olympian, Anon
Better Training For Distance Runners, Martin and Coe
Slaying the Dragon, Michael Johnson
Gold Rush, Michael Johnson
Manchester Marathons, Hill and Shuttleworth
A life without limits, Chrissie Wellington
Running Fast and Injury Free - Gordon Pirie
More Fire: How to Run the Kenyan Way - Toby Tanser
Paula: My Story So Far, Paula Radcliffe
How to Run: from fun runs to marathons etc, Paula Radcliffe
Kelly Holmes, Black White and Gold, my autobiography, Kelly Holmes
The Greatest: The Haile Gebrselassie story, Haile Gebrselassie
The London Marathon, John Bryant
Sebastian Coe, The Winning Mind: What it takes to become a true champion
Dean Karnazes   Ultramarathon Man: confessions of an all-night runner
Dean Karnazes, Run! 26.2 miles of Blisters and Bliss
Julie Welch, 26.2: Running the London Marathon (a favourite:the book, not the race!)
Mud, Sweat and Tears - Moire O'Sullivan
The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running - AW Chase, N Hobbs
Relentless Forward Progress - Bryan Powell
Finding Ultra - Rich Roll (Audible)
The Elements of Effort - John Jerome (Audible)
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners - A Newmark, M Hansen
JOSS - The Life and Times of the Legendary Lake District Fell Runner and Shepherd Joss Naylor, Keith Richardson
The Competitive Runner’s Handbook, Bob Glover
The Advanced Runners Handbook, Bob Glover
Running with Lydiard, Arthur Lydiard
Racing Weight, Matt Fitzgerald
Road Racing for serious runners, Pfitzinger & Douglas
The Looniness of the Long Distance Runner, Russell Taylor
Winning Running by Peter Coe,
Queen of the Track by Liz McColgan,
Sonia My Story by Sonia O’Sullivan with Tim Humphries,
Running with the Buffaloes by Chris Lear,
Why We Run by Bernd Heinrich,
Everyone's Guide to Distance Running by Norrie Williamson,
Running Wild by Gordon Pirie,
Endurance Running by Norman Brook,
Funny Running Stories by Geoff Wightman and Da

15/11/2012 at 13:53

I've been lurking on this thread and wanted to say thank you for some great recommendations!

15/11/2012 at 13:56

Funny Running Stories by Geoff Wightman and Dave Bedford,
Ovett An Autobiography,
Running over Forty by Bruce and Sue Tulloh,
Za-to-pek by Bob Phillips

Obviously there are lots more autobiographies, biographies out there, e.g. Bolt.

Some more triathlon book recommendations:
Swim, bike, run, laugh-  Dan Madson
Fireman to Ironman - Chris Rainford
The Grace to Race - Sister Madonna Buder
You Are an Ironman - Jaques Steinberg
Becoming an Ironman - Kara Douglas Thom

Novels:
Marathon Man, William Goldman
Flanagan's Run, Tom McNabb
The Games, Hugh Atkinson
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Alan Sillitoe

 

 

Edited: 15/11/2012 at 14:01
15/11/2012 at 20:37

Late additions (thanks Pammie!)...surprised no-one has mentioned them:
Anything about Percy Cerutty,
e.g. Why Die? The Extraordinary Percy Cerutty, Maker of Champions, Graem Sims,
Be Fit or Be Damned, Percy Cerutty
Anything about Herb Elliot e.g The Golden Mile: The Herb Elliot Story, Alan Trengove.
Van Aaken Method, Ernst Van Aaken.

 

30/10/2016 at 15:19

I started this thread in 2012 and thought it worth putting out their again as it is getting towards that time of year again!

I'm sure there will be a few updates but it won't be too far out of date! 

30/10/2016 at 22:20

Hey,
Noticed on Amazon that John L. Parker Jr. has written a prequel to Once A Runner called Racing the Rain, published in 2015.

Still, there's plenty of books listed to last a few Christmases.

Edited: 30/10/2016 at 22:22
01/11/2016 at 21:57

Thanks alehouse

80/20 running by Matt Fitzgerald

Sub-2hrs also sold a fair few copies, but I struggle to recommend it.

02/11/2016 at 01:16
There's something I have at home that's got donaldopirtri version of that first marathon,
02/11/2016 at 09:00

Add to novels, The End of the World Running Club by Andrew J Walker. It's a British, post-apocalyptic novel about a group of survivors trying to run from Scotland to Cornwall to board rescue ships headed for safer lands. Entertaining read.

02/11/2016 at 11:43

This Mum Runs, Jo Pavey.

02/11/2016 at 12:33

Great list! Thanks for re-posting. I would add the next book by Adharanand Finn : The Way of the Runner which I'm currently half way through. 

02/11/2016 at 12:34
  Comrades Marathon - The Ultimate Human Race - John Cameron-Dow
12/11/2016 at 23:38

Someone suggested "Quick Strength for Runners" by Jeff Horowitz, which is as good a reason as any to send this thread back up where it belongs!

14/11/2016 at 19:40

I came across an article in the Guardian listing five novels for runners, worth reading as it gives a synopsis and flavour text of each of the books it lists; the link: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2015/jun/18/five-novels-every-runner-should-read.

The novels listed that have not been included on this thread:

- Running: A Novel by Jean Echenoz (translated by Linda Coverdale) - This is a fictionalised biography of Emil Zátopek.

- Running The Rift by Naomi Benaron - Set amidst the Rwandan Genocide, this is the tale of a clash between politics and athletics.

- The Other by David Guterson - Where running is used as a form of escapism from traumatic life experiences.

- Brewster by Mark Slouka - This novel centres around a high school athlete against the backdrop of Vietnam, and has the character question the importance of running.

The last novel on the list has been mentioned previously on this thread.

- Once A Runner by John L. Parker, Jr. - Effectively a cult classic in runners' circles; it follows a collegiate athlete and his commitment to running and the sacrifices he makes to train.

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Hopefully there's one or two books there that will make your Christmas list, they are all fictional novels so if you prefer training manuals, non-fiction or biographies, you may want to give them a miss; but for those who like fiction, there may be something in these books for you.

14/11/2016 at 19:45

Thanks OL: those four "new" novels are going on my "want" list! "Brewster" might be particularly appropriate given that that is what a couple of my athletes call me!
Must say I really enjoyed "Once a Runner".

14/11/2016 at 19:51

AH: Yes, Once A Runner is a great novel.  Lost my original copy after lending it out, but thanks to a kind benefactor ( ), I own it once more, and have reread it, and re-experienced the wonderful running prose.

Edited: 14/11/2016 at 19:51

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