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Born to Run
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Christopher McDougall - Mar 29, 2011 (first published in 2009)
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The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrat...
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What I Talk about When I Talk about Running
A Memoir
Haruki Murakami - Mar 01, 2009 (first published in 2007)
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Alternate cover edition here.What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a memoir by Haruki Murakami in which he writes about his interest and participation in long-distance running. Murakami started running in the early 1980s and since then has competed in over twenty marathons and an ultramarathon.The book's title was inspired by Raymond Carve...
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Eat and Run
My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
Scott Jurek - Apr 02, 2013
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For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. Until recently he held the American 24-hour record and he was one of the elite runners profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run.In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as a champion athlete with a plant...
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Once a Runner
A Novel
John L. Parker Jr. - Apr 06, 2010
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Originally self-published in 1978, Once a Runner captures the essence of competitive running—and of athletic competition in general—and has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever published..Inspired by the author’s experience as a collegiate champion, the story focuses on Quenton Cassidy, a competitive runner at fictional Southeastern Un...
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Let Your Mind Run
A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory
Deena Kastor - Apr 09, 2019
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNOW WITH A NEW WORKBOOKDeena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college, when her competitive method--run as hard as possible, for fear of losing--fostered a frustration and negativity and brought her to the brink of burnout. On the verge of quitting, she took a chance ...
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26 Marathons
What I Learned About Faith, Identity, Running, and Life from My Marathon Career
Meb Keflezighi - Mar 19, 2019
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Four-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi shares lessons learned from each of the 26 marathons he's run in his storied career. When Meb Keflezighi ran his final marathon in New York City on November 5, 2017, it marked the end of an extraordinary distance-running career. As the first person in history to win both the Boston and New York City marathons as we...
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Ultramarathon Man
Confessions of an All-Night Runner
Dean Karnazes - Mar 02, 2006
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In one of his most ambitious physical efforts to date, Dean Karnazes attempted to run 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days to raise awareness of youth obesity and urge Americans of all fitness levels to "take that next step.""UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons - 50 States - 50 Days", a Journeyfilm documentary, follows Dean's incredible step-by-step ...
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Running with the Kenyans
Adharanand Finn - Apr 04, 2013
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Completely satisfying, as well-paced and exhilarating as a good run."--"The Boston Globe" Whether running is your recreation or your religion, Adharanand Finn's incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you, as he ventures to uncover the secrets of the fastest people on earth. Finn's mesmerizing quest combin...
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Running with the Buffaloes
A Season Inside With Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, And The University Of Colorado Men's Cross Country Team
Chris Lear - Apr 01, 2011
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Top five Best Books About Running, Runner's World Magazine Top three Best Books About Running, readers of Runner's World Magazine (December 2009) In RUNNING WITH THE BUFFALOES, writer Chris Lear follows the University of Colorado cross-country team through an unforgettable NCAA season. Allowed unparalleled access to team practices, private moments,...
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Daniels' Running Formula
Jack Tupper Daniels - Dec 31, 2013
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Get in the best shape of your running career with the help of Daniels’ Running Formula, the book that Runner’s World magazine calls the best training book. Premier running coach Jack Daniels provides you with his legendary VDOT formula to guide you through training at exactly the right intensity to run stronger, longer, and faster. Choose a program...
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Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail
Scott Jurek - Apr 09, 2019
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From the author of the bestseller Eat and Run, a thrilling memoir about his grueling, exhilarating, and immensely inspiring 46-day run to break the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. Scott Jurek is one of the world's best known and most beloved ultrarunners. Renowned for his remarkable endurance and speed, accomplished on a vegan diet, he's fi...
The Rise of the Ultra Runners by Adharanand Finn
Endure by Alex Hutchinson
Finding Ultra by Rich Roll
ChiRunning by Danny Dreyer
How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald
Run the Mile You're In by Ryan Hall
Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal
80/20 Running by Matt Fitzgerald
Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley
Running With Sherman by Christopher McDougall
Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry
Lore of Running, 4th Edition by Timothy Noakes
Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon by Brad Hudson
Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger
Strong by Kara Goucher
Can't Nothing Bring Me Down by Ida Keeling
Relentless Forward Progress by Bryon Powell
My Life on the Run by Bart Yasso
Running & Being by George Sheehan
The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb
Feet In The Clouds by Richard Askwith
Brain Training for Runners by Matt Fitzgerald
The Way of the Runner by Adharanand Finn
Running Is My Therapy by Scott Douglas
Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich
Running Rewired by Jay Dicharry
Marathon Man by Bill Rodgers
Mighty Moe by Rachel Swaby
Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden
Build Your Running Body by Pete Magill
Run the World by Becky Wade
Natural Born Heroes by Christopher Mcdougall
Why We Run by Bernd Heinrich
Runner by Lizzy Hawker
A Beautiful Work In Progress by Mirna Valerio
What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan
Run Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan
Nowhere Near First by Cory Reese
Hansons Marathon Method by Luke Humphrey
Training Essentials for Ultrarunning by Jason Koop
Running Man by Charlie Engle
Running Home by Katie Arnold
The Science of Running by Steve Magness
Rebound by Cindy Kuzma
Runner's World How to Make Yourself Poop by Meghan Kita
Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning by Hal Koerner
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong
Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe
Kara Goucher's Running for Women by Kara Goucher
The Pants Of Perspective by Anna McNuff
Hansons Marathon Method by Luke Humphrey
Bowerman and the Men of Oregon by Kenny Moore
A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington
Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer
The Long Run by Matt Long
Run to the Finish by Amanda Brooks
Running Up That Hill by Vassos Alexander
Running Your First Ultra by Krissy Moehl
Running Your First Marathon by Andrew Kastor
Epic Runs of the World by Lonely Planet
The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing by Philip Maffetone
Mud, Sweat and Tears by Moire O'Sullivan
The Art of Running Faster by Julian Goater
Shut Up and Run by Robin Arzon
No Meat Athlete by Matt Frazier
My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman
Duel in the Sun by John Brant
Ready to Run by Kelly Starrett
Galloway's Book on Running by Jeff Galloway
Summits of My Life by Kilian Jornet
Meb For Mortals by Meb Keflezighi
Tread Lightly by Bill Katovsky
Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins
The Running Dream by Wendelin van Draanen
Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong
Mind Gym by Gary Mack
Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald
Train Like a Mother by Sarah Bowen Shea
Confessions of an Unlikely Runner by Dana Ayers
The Runner's World Cookbook by Editors of Runner'S World Maga
Don't Stop Me Now by Vassos Alexander
Runner's World Your Best Stride by Jonathan Beverly
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed
Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler
Peak by Anders Ericsson