The Best Running Books I've Found

Some of My Favorite Running Books


Inspirational Running Books

Mud, Sweat and Tears - an Irish Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

Once a Runner

Run or Die

Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run


Training for Ultra-Running Books

Training Essentials for Ultrarunning: How to Train Smarter, Race Faster, and Maximize Your Ultramarathon Performance

The Trail Runner's Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras


Marathon and General Training for Runners Books

Science of Running - Steve Magness has a good blend of research-backed and experience-based approach to running. He thinks critically about what he does as a coach, but his writing tends to be a little long-winded and tedious. So not for the faint of heart!

Running Science - Really focused on advocating what is backed by research.

Healthy Intelligent Training: The Proven Principles of Arthur Lydiard - the Lydiard approach is pretty classic in terms of a systematic approach to run training, but leaves some room for personal experimentation. 

Daniel's Running Formula - Kind of a classic attempt at a very numbers-oriented approach. It's definitely a system - maybe not the perfect system - but a well-defined system.


Running Form and Strength Book

Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention

Running: Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology in Practice, 1e - On the pricier end, and talks a lot about sprinting. But a pretty in-depth look at running form and physiology.


Nutrition / Diet

The Endurance Diet: Discover the 5 Core Habits of the World’s Greatest Athletes to Look, Feel, and Perform Better

How do I improve my running form?

What are the best ways to improve my running form?

You want to find out what is specifically getting in the way of YOUR running form.

Strength to body weight ratio: For this, either losing excess body weight, or improving areas of weakness will help.

Mobility: For some, improving hip extension mobility may help them get in position for better running form.

Neuromuscular coordination: To improve this, use drills and form cues to help.

Find More About Running Form Here

How do I plan my run training if I have a busy schedule?

How do you optimize long distance running training if you can only allocate 30 minutes on week days and 2 hours on weekends?

With busier weekdays, make 1-3 of the weekday runs a higher intensity effort, since you have a limited amount of time. For example, 10 min warmup, then 15 minutes of intervals or tempo run, then 5 min cool-down. In between hard efforts should be easy days. On the weekend you then have options: you could then do a long run, or you could do some higher intensity running that takes more time.

What strategy should I use for my run training schedule?

What's the right ratio of endurance, technique and speed/tempo running workouts I should do each week?

There are many different strategies and methods out there. Most of them include some sort of "base" phase, and all include some sort of taper, where you decrease the amount you run leading into your event. What happens in the bulk of the training depends on who you ask, and on what you specifically need to improve to get better. But make sure you are taking recovery in between your hard efforts.

Should I run with a heart rate monitor?

What are the benefits of training using a heart rate monitor?

One of the greatest benefits is improved awareness of what your body is doing. A lot of people are surprised to see how hard or easy their body is working at different times. 

You can also use a HR monitor to target certain intensities, giving yourself a goal HR to achieve and sustain for a certain time. It can also be used to reign yourself in on easy days, by having an upper-limit HR.