Ultra orientated.

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05/10/2013 at 22:17


so can anyone recommend any good ultra orientated running books, be they full of witty anecdotes (not about kebabs) (Notting Hill joke), or more serious ones full of advice and insane ideas.

05/10/2013 at 22:18

Forgot to say finger is hovering over but now on relentless forward progress. Any good?

05/10/2013 at 22:18

Hovering over buy it now... Even

Doner Kebab    pirate
05/10/2013 at 23:03

theres only the obvious ones i can think of - stuff by dean kanazes, born to run, scott jureks' Eat to Run is so boring though IMO, feet in the clouds, i much prefer training type stuff - Advanced Marathoning - is good but not exacly ultra but the science translates all the same, if you swim and/or bike Joe Friel - Going Long is great for periodisation principles and how to formulate a training plan, theres so much quality/peer reviewed stuff on the net i dont really buy books.

Doner Kebab    pirate
05/10/2013 at 23:04

and kebabs arent to be joked about - well a little, maybe


05/10/2013 at 23:20


06/10/2013 at 06:44

I have only read a couple running based book but enjoyed them all.

Feet in the clouds, born to run and although not an ultra book have just read Roger Bannister's book 'The First 4 Minutes' which i thought was good.

06/10/2013 at 10:52

Out of all the books I enjoyed the Ghost Runner the best, inspirational.  Going Long best for training/racing.

06/10/2013 at 10:54

Oh I forgot Ultramarathon by James Shapiro.  Old school ultra running, makes you realise the british guys back then were as fit if not fitter than the best in the world today!

06/10/2013 at 14:18

Being a avid book reader, two of my favourites are running through the wall by Neal Jamison and relentless forward progress by Byron Powell. It's this book training plan that I am using to hopefully get me to my first ultra.

06/10/2013 at 14:22

Some good calls so far. 

Not just about ultra running but “Running a Global History” by Thor Gotaas, has some chapters that every ultra runner should read. 

06/10/2013 at 15:31

The most recent one I've read is 'Finding Ultra'. I also enjoyed Paula Radcliffe's biography. 

06/10/2013 at 17:12

I really enjoyed "Feet in the Clouds"(Richard Askwith), "Born to Run" (Christopher McDougall), "Eat and Run" (Scott Jurek) and, like WiB says, "The First Four Minutes" (Roger Bannister). Relentless Forward Progress is useful, and "The Ultomate Guide to Trail Running (Adam Chase & Nancy Hobbs0 isn't bad. I recently bought "The Cool Impossible" and I'm intending to use the exercises in there to improve my balance and coordination to reduce the risk of future ankle injuries. Quie enjoyed "Running with the Kenyans" (Adharanand Finn)  and "The London Marathon (John Bryant). Didn't think much of "Why we Run" (Robin Harvie) - or rather, I quite enjoyed some of the bits when he was talking about other runners, but thought that despite getting Rory Coleman to coach him what on earth was he doing entering the Spartathlon when his longest previous race was a 100K?

I recently picked up a copy of "World's Ultimate Running Races" subtitle "500 Races, 101 Countries, Choose your adventure" (published by Collins) which is fun to browse through - so many races, so little time... Compiled by Angela Mudge and others. Published 2011 so doesn't contain any of the Centurion races, for example.

06/10/2013 at 19:34

Good point. Not read running with the Kenyans but had it recommended a few times.

07/10/2013 at 11:11

I can second Ben on the Thor Gotaas one - fascinating book. Feet in the Clouds is a lovely read, Born to Run goes without saying. Read Andy Mouncey's book on British ultras which is probably not going to win him the Nobel Prize for Literature any time soon, but is nevertheless about as honest and "real" feeling as books about running get, and distinctively British too.which is good if the Born to Run stuff feels a bit stylish and American for you.

07/10/2013 at 11:26

Thanks everyone. 

Please keep the suggestions rolling in.  Got my eye on the Thor Gotaas and Magic, Madness and Ultrarunning, ( by the british bloke) it sounds quite fun.

07/10/2013 at 13:37

Feet in the Clouds is a must-read - really enjoyable.  Also liked Running with the Kenyans.  I've just ordered Andy Mouncey's book, which I'm really looking forward to reading.  Not ultra related, but really enjoyed Ironholg's book - made me laugh lots!!

07/10/2013 at 16:31

Second most of the above of which my favourites are Feet in the Clouds, Born to Run & Eat and Run.

One that hasn't been mentioned is Marshal Ulrich's Running on Empty which I really enjoyed.

Obviously non-utra but still running is The Dirtiest Race in History: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100m Final. I still remember staying up late to watch this live with my brothers and seeing Johnson's staggereing run. Good book


07/10/2013 at 21:41

Recommend "Out on Your Feet" by Julie Welch.  About the LDWA hundreds, so based aroud endurance walking rather than running, but at times laugh out loud hilarious.  

08/10/2013 at 11:43

Thanks to this thread, I just picked up three of these books off amazon: Relentless Forward Progress, which had been on my wishlist for a while anyway, along with Running: A Global History and Running Through the Wall. I seem to have developed a bit of a running book habit of late, hope it's me who takes delivery and not my wife!

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