Running Books: Training & Advice

These books offer guidance for every level of runner, from beginner to seasoned competitor.

Updated September 20, 2023
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The born again runner : a guide to overcoming excuses, injuries, and other obstacles for new and returning runners
Magill, Pete.
From the lead author of Build Your Running Body ("the best running book ever"--Runner's World founder Bob Anderson), a one-of-a-kind guide for everyone who wants to run but feels they can't As a drug-addled young man, Pete Magill once found...

A one-of-a-kind guide for everyone who wants to run but feels they can't.

Born to run 2 : the ultimate training guide
McDougall, Christopher
From the best-selling author and renowned coach duo from Born to Run, a fully illustrated, practical guide to running for everyone from amateurs to seasoned runners, about how to eat, race, and train like the world's best Whether you're ramping up for a race or...
Daniels' running formula
Daniels, Jack
Train for your next race with the man who has been called "the world's best running coach." With more than 55 years of experience, Jack Daniels is a legendary figure in the running community. Named the National Coach of the Year by the NCAA and honored as the Division III Women's Cross Country Coach...

A legendary coach's proven "VDOT formula" guides you through training at exactly the right intensity to become a faster, stronger runner.

Fast 5K : 25 crucial keys and 4 training plans
Magill, Pete
Spend two hours with Pete Magill's Fast 5K and you'll know how to run your fastest 5K. In his fast-paced, ultimate guide to 5K running races, celebrated running coach Pete Magill reveals the 25 crucial keys to setting your next 5K PR. Magill shares hard-earned lessons he...

A celebrated coach offers optimal training mileage, effective tempo runs, VO2 max workouts, hill repeats, plyometrics and more.

Good to go : what the athlete in all of us can learn from the strange science of recovery
Aschwanden, Christie
A New York Times Sports and Fitness Bestseller An eye-opening exploration of how the human body can best recover and adapt to sports and fitness training. In recent years recovery has become a sports and fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at...

Recovery products and services promise so much--but which ones are actually helpful?

How she did it : a high-performance guide for female distance runners with stories from the women who've made it
Huddle, Molly
An essential guide for female athletes navigating the world of competitive running, featuring 50 candid interviews with women who've made it How She Did It begins with the kind of prescriptive information that any athlete needs to be healthy and successful in the world of...

An Olympic-caliber support team guides you to training and competing efficiently and safely.

Master the marathon : the ultimate training guide for women
Nolan, Ali
Master the Marathon is a comprehensive guide to marathon training for women at all levels of running - beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The book takes you through everything you need to know to be prepared for the 26.2 miles of the marathon, including detailed training plans, strength training...

A comprehensive guide to marathon training for women at all levels, including detailed training plans, strength programs, and much more.

Run like a pro (even if you're slow) : elite tools and tips for runners at every level
Fitzgerald, Matt
Cutting-edge advice on how to achieve your personal best, for everyone from casual runners to ultramarathoners. In 80/20 Running, respected running and fitness expert Matt Fitzgerald introduced his revolutionary training program and explained why doing 80 percent of runs...

How to adapt the best practices in elite running to the realities of your own ability, lifestyle, and budget.

Running smart : how science can improve your endurance and performance
Sprundel, Mariska van
A science writer and recreational runner explores the science behind popularly held beliefs about shoes, injuries, nutrition, "runner's high," and more. Conventional wisdom about running is passed down like folklore (and sometimes contradicts itself): the right kind of shoe...

Investigating the science behind conventional running wisdom, so you can run your smartest

The slow AF run club : the ultimate guide for anyone who wants to run
Evans, Martinus
A practical guide and a celebration of running for runners of all sizes and athletic ability, from the founder of the Slow AF Run Club. Ten years ago, Martinus Evans got some stern advice from his doctor: "Lose weight or die." First defensive, but then defiant, Evans vowed that...

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