Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hey, bookworms!

I'm looking at you, reader.

Do you read running books? Or running-related (general fitness or nutrition) books? Then you can help a happy runner out!

I'm looking for book suggestions. Do you have a favorite book on running? A book that has helped you become a better runner? Or a book that you haven't yet read but really want to? Please let me know!

Thank you!!

Oh, and my run today? Yuck. Big ol' yuck. No reason that I can come up with. Just one of those days that we all have. Better run tomorrow!

~ Felice

23 comments:

Anne said...

I'm always highly motivated by reading one of the volumes by Dr. George Sheehan. He was a longtime Runner's World columnist way back in the day. His writing has stood the test of time, too.

Freedom Runner said...

Hmmmm......well, you know of my Michael Pollan love. :o) He has made me eat better, which in turn has improved my running performance.

I actually just finished both My Life in France (J. Child) and Julie & Julia (J. Powell), and while they're not directly related to running, I will say that they've given me the inspiration to live with gusto in all parts of my life! And also validation that being a late bloomer is okay, which I definitely am with running. :o)

I am also digging into Marathoning for Mortals right now on recommendation of Jenny Hadfield, book co-author, who is also the head of the program I train with. So far, I like it!

I tried reading Again to Carthage and just could not get into it.

I'll see if I can think of any others. :o)

speedygeoff said...

http://www.amazon.com/What-Talk-About-When-Running/dp/0307269191

Running said...

Tim Noakes' Lore of Running. A massive volume but covers everything and probably more than you want to know about running

Richard Askwith's Feet in the Clouds: A Story of Fell Running and Obsession.

Rosie Swale-Pope's Just a Little Run Around the World: 5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of Shoes

Truly inspiring books!

Renato said...

I am not a big fan of "running books". I cannot see the point of a runner's handbook or a complete book of running or a training guide. Maybe it's because I am a slow runner and I find those books poorly written. Or maybe I am a slow runner because I don't stick to those rules. But I really enjoy books that talk about running experiences. The Looniness of the Long Distance Runner is a funny (even if not too accurate) account of a English journalist and aspirant NYC marathon-runner. Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes is amazing and it does not require any introduction. But my favourite is What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami.

The Laminator said...

Oh...Definitely "Born to Run" if you haven't read it yet.

Yuck is definitely the descriptive term to describe running in the oppressive heat around our area right now.

Oz Runner said...

if you haven't read 50/50 by Dean Karnazes, you HAVE to....it is amazing, very inspirational, and an easy read....

lindsay said...

i read running-story books, not so much running-theory books? so if you're looking for that style --

once a runner, running with the buffaloes, duel in the sun, pre, the perfect mile, distant runner

joyRuN said...

I love Dr. George Sheehan's running books - inspirational, but not in an uber-competitive kinda way. More like a supportive, philosophical kinda way.

D10 said...

I love reading but haven't read any running books:(

onelittletrigirl said...

Running: "Born to Run"
Non-Running: anything by Jodi Picoult.


Happy reading :)

Marlene said...

Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer. SOOOO good!

The Happy Runner said...

I'm getting such a great list! Awesome!

FR: I love Michael Pollan, too. His In Defense of Food is tops on my list.

Roisin said...

I dig "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" by Murakami.

And for performance/training/planning related books, I really enjoyed "Performance Nutrition for Runners" and "No Need for Speed"...gotta love The Penguin!

ShutUpandRun said...

I liked the Extra Mile by Pam Reed. Also Born to Run, Dean Karnazes' books (both of them).

J said...

I haven't read these yet but they are on my list:

Sports nutrition for endurance athletes by Monique Ryan

Running with the devil by Jamie Freveletti (runners lounge)

The runners body by Ross Tucker

Run Less, Run Faster by Runners World

I know I have more but I dont have my list here!

MizFit said...

making notes but nothing to add.

you know, until you have a call for trashy chicklit.

then Im all in :)

RunToFinish said...

I just did a post today on books, but for running definitely checkout Bart Yasso.. I have a lot of book reviews from the last 6 months on my site...um in theory they might be easy to find

The Happy Runner said...

Thanks, Amanda -- I'll check out your reviews!

Casey said...

Yasso's Life on the Run is great. Running for Women is great. No Need for Speed makes me happy, especially after a lapse in running/training.

Jodie said...

Just came across your blog. I have not read all your posts yet but I have enjoyed the ones I have read so far. I too love running, and I have quite a few recommendations but one in particular, which I reviewed on my site is by Sarah Connors and Sam Murphy, entitled Running Well. Super fantastic book, I have read it twice already.

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Jama said...

I just finished The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On with Your Training by Dawn Dais. It was really informational yet extremely funny too. I am now reading Running for Mortals by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield and so far it is a good read.

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