What Running Books Should I Buy? (Read 216 times)

    I have an Amazon gift card burning a hole in my pocket, and I'd like to use it on some running books.  Here are my current contenders:


    Daniels Running Formula

    Lore of Running

    Hansons Marathon Method

    Healthy Intelligent Training

    Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon

    Competitive Runners Handbook

    Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook (I have her nutrition guide for new runners.)

    Galloway's Book on Running

    Mental Training for Runners


    Help me narrow it down (or suggest better ones).  I've been running for a little over 1.5 years, though I still feel like sort of a beginner because my distances are kind of low and I'm slow.  I've done a few 5Ks.  My 2013 goals are to run a sub-30:00 5K, run a 10K, and maybe a half-marathon.  So maybe some of the books on my list would be over my head.  But I'd like to learn enough to create my own training plans.  Opinions?



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      I like "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" by Haruki Murakami.

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          I like the Hudson book "Run Faster." I think he gives you good concepts for understanding training.


            Definitely check out Born to Run but for training I would recommend "Run Faster from 5K to Marathon", Daniels Running Formula and if you decided to get into Marathon read Advanced Marathoning by Pfitzinger.


            I also found Racing Weight and Brain Training for Runners (both by Matt Fitzgerald) to be very beneficial as well.

              Another vote here for Hudson's "Run Faster" Currently on my second training cycle using that book.


              I love Lore of Running. It's a fantastic book. It can also serve as a doorstop, a stepladder or a booster seat -- or buy 4 and use them to jack up your car in the front yard.


                Daniels running book was too complicated for me and I got a headache, just trying to understand the Math involved.  (ConfusedAnd all that VQ stuff.)


                Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger is a much better book  IMO.

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                  If you haven't read any running books, then "Daniels running formula" is great. Others have recommended "run faster", but I think that's geared toward advanced runners.

                    Daniels Running Formula has a lot of great reference material.  I also found the Competitive Runners Handbook (Glover) to be very insightful.  I read it only after running consistently for a couple of years.  It's probably one of my favorite general running books.


                    I just read Hansons.  I didn't care for it, really.  I found there was too much scientific discussion and not enough useful information (this coming from an engineer).  For marathoning, I prefer Advanced Marathoning by Pfitzinger/Douglas.


                    So all that being said, I think you'd find Glover's book very helpful based on where you are at in your running life.


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                      I really liked Healthy Intelligent Training.

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                        I'm just adding more books to my list!  Thanks for the suggestions!


                        Okay, so I think I've narrowed down which ones I'd like to buy and which ones to get from the library.  I think I'm going to go for:


                        Competitive Runner's Handbook

                        Run Faster

                        Daniels Running Formula

                        Lore of Running


                        I've heard a lot about the last two from many sources, so even though they may be a bit above me, they seem like they'd be really good reference books that would serve me well.  Several of you recommended Run Faster, so I'll try that one, and Competitive Runner's Handbook looks like it's definitely at my level.


                        I'm going to have a lot of reading to do...



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                            I noticed that Once A Runner is now available for Kindle.  I just bought it yesterday and will read it on the plane on my next business trip.  I haven't seen my copy of Lore of Running in a few years, but it is a very good book.


                              Since you're a newish runner, I'd vote for Competitive Runner's Handbook.

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