Running Books

As I read a lot of running related books, here is a list to keep track of them. Feel free to add suggestions or ask me questions in the comments below!

The order is more or less random. I didn’t yet rate the books as it feels it isn’t giving them enough justice. I might add some notes and link them here in the future. Mostly I am hoping to get tips on more running related books!

Note: I copied the images from and if you click on them it leads you to the sales page of the book, there you can also find enough reviews to get your own idea if you might like the book. I hope linking them is enough to avoid any copyright image issues … I didn’t want to bother to screenshot/take photos of my books … if anyone knows if this is ok or not let me know! (I figure they want to sell the books so it should be fine …) I own each and everyone of them in some form legally – audiobook, real book or kindle book.

Currently Reading

41txq892jxl-_sx316_bo1204203200_The Memory Of Running

Author: Ron McLarty


 The Runner’s Edge

Stephen McGregor, Matt Fitzgerald




Previously read and liked

Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance Paperback

Matt Fitzgerald



 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower

Matt Fitzgerald



Eat and Run

Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman




Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners: 101

Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark (editor), Dean Karnazes


51v0rxlj6ql-_sx430_bo1204203200_Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Christopher McDougall



Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

Rich Roll




Natural Born Heroes

Christopher McDougall




The Extra Mile

Pam Reed




Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health, & Life

Ben Greenfield




How Bad Do You Want It?

Matt Fitzgerald




Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run

Matt Fitzgerald



Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running

Bill Larson, Peter Larson


I’m Here to Win

Chris McCormack, Tim Vandehey




The Ultra Mindset

Travis Macy, John Hanc




Running with the Kenyans

Adharanand Finn




A Life Without Limits

Chrissie Wellington, Michael Aylwin


Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run

Andy Holgate


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Cheryl Strayed


The Longest Race

Ed Ayres


Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery

David Clark


To Be a Runner

Martin Dugard


Flanagan’s Run

Tom McNab



Philip Maffetone, Bill Katovsky




The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing

Dr Philip Maffetone (Author), Mark Allen (Foreword)



Running to the Top

Arthur Lydiard




Daniels’ Running Formula

Jack Daniels



My Life on the Run

Bart Yasso, Amby Burfoot





Runner’s World Complete Book of Running

Amby Burfoot



Runner’s World Complete Book of Women’s Running

Dagny Scott Barrios





Dean Karnazes, Matt Fitzgerald




The Long Run

Matthew Long, Charles Butler



Once a Runner (Unabridged)Once a Runner

John L. Parker Jr.



11 Replies to “Running Books”

  1. You should read The way of the runner also by Adharanand Finn. Its the same guy that wrote Running with the Kenyans. It’s about Japanese Ekiden races, A team race run over a huge distance. You;d love it. Born to Run is one of my favourites to date.


  2. I’d suggest you “The Perfect Mile” It’s one of the nicest running books I have read.
    Your list is huge and I really really want to read all of them 😀

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