Running books

Hey guys!

I'm quite new here. Nice to meet you all!

I was just wondering, is there many people who read books about running, either fiction or not? I've been looking for one to read since I finished "Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run" and Chrissie Wellington's autobiography (which were both fantastic!). I'm not too bothered whether it is fiction or non-fiction, I'd just like a good read about running or triathlon.

One (or more!) with a good bit of inspiration will always be welcome on my bookshelf!



  • The best book about running I've ever read is The Running Man by Gilbert Tuhabonye. Inspiring and powerful stuff.

    If its non-fiction you're after you can't beat The Lore of Running IMHO.

  • Nessie73Nessie73 ✭✭✭
    My faves so far have been Haruki Murakami's What I Talk about when I talk about Running-- and Chris Mcdougall's Born to Run
    Murakami's one is kind of a memoir / musings on what running means to him- which I found very inspirational.
    McDougall's is on Barefoot running

    Neither are everyone's cup of tea, some runners prefer something more technical with tips etc...
  • I'll throw in the Ghost Runner which I've just finished and is an excellent read.
  • Not specifically about running, but about endurance in general, I'm reading Survival of the Fittest by Dr Mike Stroud at the moment. Worth a look, especially if you ever fancy tackling the Marathon Des Sables!
  • DarolaDarola ✭✭✭
    I'll second Ghost Runner, couldn't put it down! Found the running man didnt get going on the running bit until the end, it concentrates more on you getting to know gilbert.
  • The postman has just delivered 'Running with the Kenyans' this morning! Will let you know how it goes!
  • I like the Haruki Marukami book, Born to Run of course, and I would add "Feet in the Clouds" by Richard Askwith, but be warned I tried Fell running withing four months of reading it, it will inspire you to try it out
  • Just RunJust Run ✭✭✭
    Born to Run, just started it and its very difficult to put down.
  • I agree with EG 'Feet in the Clouds' is excellent - and you will want to try fell running afterwards!
  • Feet in The Clouds and Born to Run are both good books.

    The Arthur Newton biography: 'Tea with Mr Newton' is a great read.I learned so much about a running legend I'd barely heard of.
  • Never heard of that one, must look for it, to add another, is a book I have as an e-book by Gordon Pirie 50s middle distance runner who's outspoken and unorthodox ideas were frowned upon at the time, but many are now accepted as good practice
  • From Last to First - Charlie Spedding
  • I also read 'Ghost Runner'. it's not the greatest piece of writing ever, but its a terrific story which deserves to be heard.

  • I want to read The Ghost Runner.

    Charlie Speddings Book is a really good read.

    'Gold Rush' by Michael Johnson is a good book

  • 'The Perfect Distance'. Pat Butchers book on Coe and Ovett is a really good read.
  • For a quick read 'The Lonliness of a Long-distance Runner' is a diversion. Am I the only runner in the world who couldn't get to 'Born to Run'? Also took Ghost Runner back to the library as the wriinig was diabolical. Really enjoyed Haile Gebresalaise's autobiography though.
  • I enjoyed a story of Abebe Bikila, called 'The barefoot runner'. Can't remember the author though. Got it from library, not available on kindle. Of course 'Born to run' too. As for running handbooks the only one I find excellent is Running Anatomy. Will check out Ghost Runner, it sounds interesting.
  • Just saw n official Biography of Chris Brasher 1956 Olympic Steeplechase Gold Medalist in ehe shops today.
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