We seem to have now and again a thread on this. As I have not been doing so much running recently with the injury, have been instead trying to keep the motivation going by reading a load of running books. Shame RW have not run an article on this in recent times as it would be good to have a few more ideas as to what to order.
So here are my favourites ( and in soem cases least favourites!) on the shelf of all types (running manuals, biographies etc). Would be interested to see what others have enjoyed/recommend.
Ron Hill autobiographies - simply the best 2 books on running I have ever read. Inspirational and intersting as they are so open and frank also about the mistakes he makes and exact training he was following. Really worth a read
Running with the buffaloes - follows the Columbia University running team throughout a season. Really enjoyable. Easily available on amazon and really worht reading.
Advanced Marathoning - quite an enjoyable read although narrow focus
Road Racing for serious runners - same authors as above but wider focus. Similar ideas and approach to the above.
Flanagans Run - a very enjoyable novel covering a race across the whole of America.
Runners Handbook and Competitive Runners Handbook by Bob Glover - good intorduction books and covers a lot of ground.
Lore of running by Tim Noakes - a book to dip into time and time again covering everything and particularly good on training followed by different elite runners. Really worht havng as your stand alone encyclopedia on running!
Dave Moorcroft, autobiography - enjoyable read for a rainy afternoon
Queen of the track - biography of Liz Mcclogan - did not enjoy it -found the style a bit distant and no impression the author really knw Mccolgan. Mccolgan comes across as very mercenary.
Running with Lydiard - some good ideas and training plans particularly for those interested in base trainng/periodisation but rather poorly edited and repetitive
Running tough by Michael sandrock - an enjoyable look at a series of different training runs that different elite distance runners have used to good efect.
Have got Impossible hero (a biography of Gordon Pirie) and the Coe and Ovett biogrpahies lined up for next but hoping I'll be back to churning out the miles before then!!
Anyway hope someone might find these recommendations useful.