This weeks topic is about “favorites”, so I’ve put together a list of my favorite Running book resources. I have sworn by them in training and I think they are worth purchasing and having on hand and have become very valuable to me in my running journey. So check them out if you get a chance! *Please note there are affiliate links in this post. If you click and purchase, a small commission will come back to me to help with the cost of maintaing a blog such as this. Thanks!*
1. Run Less Run Faster by the experts at FIRST, The Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training.
This book helped me to a 12 minute PR on my half marathon last spring from a 2:02 to a 1:50! It also helped my marathon time from a 4:43 to a 4:28! It focuses on the importance of quality vs. quantity of your runs, giving you only 3 days of running. The runs include a speed workout, a tempo workout and a long run. This strategy helps to limit overtraining and burnout and helps with faster racing times. I used Hal Higdon’s training plan for my previous races and got extremely burnt out from 6 days of running, not to mention no time for crosstraining which is the key to preventing injury. I give this book a HUGE thumbs up.
2. Smart Marathon Training by Jeff Horowitz.
My good friend Lesleyanne of Beachyrunner fame originally recommended this book to me when I was starting training for MCM this past year. This book is similar to Run Less Run Faster in it’s theories but a little different. I found it to be a good compliment. I combined aspects of training plans from this book and RLRF to make my MCM plan. What I liked about this book is the emphasis on core work and the importance of crosstraining.
3. Strength training for runners by Jeff Horowitz.
This book, and the two above were the trifecta for me. I LOVED this book. Jeff breaks down strength training into 2 twenty minute workouts a week and really focuses on key exercises to help strengthen the core, glutes and lower body. It has detailed photos of all of the exercises and includes different workouts to include an 8 week strength training plan. There are no excuses with these. They can be done at home with no equipment. I carry this in my gym back wherever I go. A must have for me.
4. Build your running body by Pete Magill.
I heard about this book from the awesome Allie at Vita Train 4 Life. She is a mother running, triathaloning (is that even a word?) goddess. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should ASAP. This book has it all. This book uses the latest research in running physiology and breaks it down into systems…nervous system, muscles, connective tissue, hormones, and the cardiovascular system to help you build a better running body. It is SO comprehensive and includes workouts, recipes, nutrition info, training programs and more. One of the best books out there in my opinion.
5. The Runner’s Rule Book by Mark Remy.
Last but very not least. Now this isn’t a training guide or anything like that. This is more on the light side that showcases the humor that comes with running. These are the unwritten rules of running, the topics that runners love to talk about in terms of lingo, behavior and etiquette of a runner. It’s very funny and a great quick read!Check out @suzy399 and her list of the Top 5 Books for runners! #runchat #fitfluential #sweatpink #motherrunner Click To Tweet
What books would you add to this list?
Do you like to read books about running?