What are the best Running Books?

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