Found this when googling running books, so thought I'd add my own and reboost
Eat and Run by Scott Jurek is a great book, and I've just started Finding Ultra which seems good so far. Also got run or die to read next. So will add these three to the list.
Ultramarathon Man Born to Run The Greatest (Haile's biography) The Ghost Runner Running for my Life P&D Road running for Serious Runners Daniels' Running Formula From Last to First - Charlie Spedding 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 bart yasso 'just a little run around the world' Running on Empty- Marshall Ulrich "Mud, Sweat and Tears - an Irish Woman's Journey of Self-Discovery by Moire O'Sullivan" "A Runner's Tale" by Dick Callan "The Perfect Mile" by Neal Bascomb To The Edge by Kirk Johnson Life on The Run: Coast to Coast by Matt Beardshall Running through the Wall by Neal Jamison The Long Hard Road ( 2 vols ) by Ron Hill What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Murukami Bounce The Complete Runners Handbook The Competitive Runners Handboo Daniels Running Formula Tea with Mr Newton The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running - Adam Chase, Nancy Hobbs Relentless Forward Progress - Bryon Powell
Sorry if this has been asked before (and it probably has) but does anyone else here crank up the pace for the last mile of a long run or kick in a sprint 400m from home? I have started doing mainly because I enjoy kicking my arse that bit extra at the end of a run, but wondered if there are any actual benefits or serious risks to doing so?
Yidd - I'm not sure yet, I'd definitely do it again at some point, it's a great, picturesque race, but this year may be too soon. I've set a side this year to focus on conquering (walking / scrambling) a lot of fells in the lakes with my mates, so have only been running daft 5/6/7 milers on the road to keep fitness up. Will see though, if I can start getting out on an evening, could be still and option. Have you done it?
To whoever mentioned the 18 minute miles etc, I'm never going to be able to run that pace at the moment, unless i focussed my whole life to it. It's not a case of being too tough, my body just wouldn't be able to move that quickly, completely different thing to putting your body through hell for a sustained period of time to complete a goal.