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Run More Awesome's List of Books About Running

Books. Yeah. This is a new blog, so you all don’t know me very well, but you should know that I’m a voracious, compulsive reader. If I have an idle moment and there is anything in the room to read, I will consume it.

Good news: There’s about eleventy billion books out there about running, including, but not limited to, the subtopics of nutrition, training, barefeet, and inspiration.

Bad news: I’m a teacher by day, and I didn’t marry my husband for his money; therefore, I am poor and cannot afford all of these books. Sad panda.

Great news: I live in Greene County, Missouri, United States, where we not only have a fabulous library system, and we are also linked to all of the libraries in the state, including the University of Missouri library. I can borrow books, including the elusive and expensive textbooks on the list below, from there. Glad panda.

My intention with this post was to compile a comprehensive list of running books, categorized by topic, for my reference — and yours, too. However, and I never thought I would say this, there are too many books about running! Heavens! So many that I can’t keep them straight. And that’s just depressing.

So let this be a list of books I have read (with links to my reviews) and a list of books I want to read. Certainly, if you have suggestions for this list, leave them in the comments, and I’ll give them a gander and likely add them to my list. As I’m exploring the possibilities of coaching running, it’s important that I know what I’m talking about when/if I actually get to coaching. Naturally, many of the books about training are going to say the same thing in a different way, but it’s important for me to stay on top of the trends, so I can speak intelligently about them. I’m also eager to read memoirs, biographies, and other inspirational books because I can learn from the runners who have gone before me. Likewise, these stories will provide anecdotes that I can offer my runners.

Memoirs, Biographies, Inspirationals & Fiction

  • 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days — and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance! by Dean Karnazes
  • Born to Run by Chris McDougall
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami


  • Marathoning for Mortals by John “The Penguin” Bingham and Coach Jenny Hadfield

Training & Technique

  • ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running by Danny Dreyer
  • Run Fast: How to Beat Your Best Time — Every Time by Hal Higdon
  • Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary FIRST Training Program by Ray Moss
  • The Runner’s Field Manual: A Tactical (and Practical) Survival Guide by Mark Remy
  • The Runner’s Rule Book : Everything a Runner Needs to Know — And Then Some by Mark Remy

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