Runners Feed Book Club

As we continue to grow in our understanding of long distance running, documenting our experiences as athletes, coaches and medical experts has never been more important. Sharing our knowledge generates the dialogue necessary to bring distance running to televisions across the globe. Could Super Bowl Sunday have an alternative meaning one day?

This will be a work in progress if you all don’t mind. I have read several books over the course of the past 10 years and am still amazed at the amount of books I have yet to read. I will write brief reviews for each book I have read, nevertheless, I can assure you I have learned something from each one. These are in no particular order.

Training Resources

Running to the Top – Arthur Lydiard
Running with Lydiard – Arthur Lydiard & Garth Gilmour
Daniels Running Formula – Jack Daniels
Road Racing for Serious Runners – Pete Pfitzinger & Scott Douglas
Run Faster from the 5k to the Marathon – Brad Hudson & Matt Fitzgerald
Road to the Top – Joe Vigil, Ph.D
Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running – Danny Abshire & Brian Metzler
Run: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel – Matt Fitzgerald
The Lore of Running – Tim Noakes, MD
Advanced Marathoning – Pete Pfitzinger & Scott Douglas
Healthy Intelligent Training: The Proven Principles of Arthur Lydiard – Keith Livingstone
Alberto Salazar’s Guide to Running: Championship Advice for Faster Times from 5k to Marathons – Alberto Salazar with Richard Lovett

Cross Training
The Runner’s Yoga Book: A Balanced Approach to Fitness – Jean Couch
The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Running – Rob Price

Getting Started
Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running – Danny Dreyer with Katherine Dreyer
Pose Method of Running – Dr. Nicholas Romanov with Jon Robson
Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration: A Year of Motivation, Revelation, and Instruction – Kevin Nelson
Brain Training for Runners – Matt Fitzgerald, Forward by Tim Noakes

Good Reads
Staying the Course: A Runner’s Toughest Race – Dick Beardsley and Maureen Anderson
Best Efforts: World Class Runners and Races – Kenny Moore
Olympic Gold: A Runner’s Life and Times – Frank Shorter
Paul Tergat: Running to the Limit – Jurg Wirz (His Life and His Training Secrets with Many Tips for Runners)
Gerry Lindgren’s Book on Running – Gerry Lindgren
Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon’s Legendary Coach and Nike’s Cofounder – Kenny Moore
Once a Runner – John L. Parker Jr.
Again to Carthage – John L. Parker Jr.
Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
Sub 4:00: Alan Webb and the Quest for the Fastest Mile – Alan Webb with Chris Lear, Forward by Jim Ryun
No Finish Line: My Life As I See It – Marla Runyan (first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympics)
The Greatest: The Haile Gebrselassie Story – Jim Denison
The Perfect Distance: The Record Breaking Rivalry – Ovett and Coe
Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado’s Men’s Cross Country Team – Chris Lear
Running with the Legends: Training and Racing Insights from 21 Great Runners – Michael Sandrock
Pre: The Story of America’s Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine – Tom Jordan
Paula: My Story So Far – Paula Radcliffe
Duel In The Sun: The Story of Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley and America’s Greatest Marathon – John Brant
The Four Minute Mile – Roger Bannister
The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It – Neal Bascomb
Terry Fox: His Story – Leslie Scrivener
Kara Goucher’s Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons – Kara Goucher with Adam Bean

Women & Running
Joan Benoit Samuelson’s Running For Women – Joan Benoit Samuelson with Gloria Averbuch
Complete Book of Running for Women – Claire Kowalchik
The Silence of Great Distance: Women Running Long – Frank Murphy
Women Who Run – Shanti Sosienski

Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance – Matt Fitzgerald
Endurance Sports Nutrition – Suzanne Girard Eberle
Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes – Monique Ryan

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