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Looking for some marathon training inspiration? Or maybe you've been forced inside by injury, illness or the weather? 

We've compiled a list of our favourite books about running, as recommended by our community on Facebook. Guaranteed to keep you motivated and raring to get back out there.


Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen - Christopher McDougall

What's it about?

Christopher McDougall's best-seller all began with one question. Why does my foot hurt? His search for answers leads him to the native Mexican Tarahumara tribe who are able to run distances of 100 miles or more at unbelievable speeds. A real eye-opener if, like the author, you've suffered from repeated running injuries or just want to know why we run in the first place.

Why you need to read it

'Brilliant book - almost inspired me to do something else apart from cycling!' Jesse Davies, Facebook. 


The Rise of the Ultra Runners: A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance - Adharanand Finn.

What's it about? 

Award-winning author Adharanand Finn takes you on a journey into the world of ultra-running in his latest book. Finn documents his journey from ultra-sceptic to ultra-runner, exploring the history of the sport and meeting some of the world's best along the way.

Why you need to read it

'I was on my flight to Jordan for the Petra Desert Marathon and there was a particular passage that made the hairs on my neck stand up. It remained in my head for the whole race until it was called upon.' Steve Brooks, Facebook.

 


What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami

What's it about? 

Like so many of us, best-selling novelist Murakami originally took up running to keep fit. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running follows the author's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon as he explores the influence that sport has had on his life and on his work.  

Why you need to read it

'A beautifully written memoir filled with stories and experiences that any runner should be able to relate to.' Nassrin Chamanian, Wiggle.


The Ghost Runner: The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn't Stop - Bill Jones

What's it about? 

At the age of 18, John Tarrant took up boxing and was paid to appear in a local match. This made him ineligible to compete as a long-distance runner. Jones' biography tells the extraordinary story of a man who became one of the greatest ever long-distance runners of all time, despite not being allowed to pin on a number. 

Why you need to read it

'It's the story of one of this county's greatest runners. He was banned from competing but he ran anyway.' Keith 'Davo' Davis on Facebook


Feet in the Clouds: A Tale of Fell-Running and Obsession - Richard Askwith

What's it about? 

Richard Askwith explores one of the world's oldest extreme sports in this brutally honest yet inspiring account that culminates in the authors attempt to complete his ultimate challenge: the Bob Graham Round - a non-stop circuit of 42 of the Lake District's highest peaks to be completed within 24 hours.

Why you need to read it

'Sportsbook of the season - a terrific story of fell-running and obsession.' Blake Morrison, Guardian


Running and Stuff - James Adams

What's it about? 

Former road runner James Adams made the move to ultra running because he was bored with the repetitive nature of city marathons. Although he is now a pretty accomplished athlete with a 3,200 run across America on his list of achievements, his honest and personal account of ultra-running makes his tale both relatable and inspiring. 

Why you need to read it

'Not a well-known author but certainly a good read. It's inspired me to do an ultra.' Rob Martin-Smith, Facebook.


Library image credit Noémi Macavei-Katócz

 

 

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Nassrin Chamanian
Published on: 09 Mar 2020

Interests include riding my bike, talking about my bike, watching bike racing...