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  • Writer's pictureBarra Oconnell

Running Book Recommendations

Thanks to all those who sent in book recommendations over the past couple of weeks. We should have enough here to keep us going over the summer months! Below is a list of the most popular books suggested. The ones recommended numerous times are marked with stars. By far the most highly recommended were both of the Adharanand Finn books.

Hopefully there’s something in here that will suit everyone. Happy reading!

Thanks to Frank for reminding us that Cork City Libraries have a free online lending service available also. See their website for more information.

  1. *Let your Mind Run - Deena Kastor - brilliant read from this Olympian Marathon Runner

  2. *How Bad Do You Want It? Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle – Matt Fitzgerald

  3. *Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen - Christopher McDougall - New York Times Best Seller

  4. Running for Better -A Story about Running to Live and Think Better

  5. Running to the Edge - Matthew Futterman

  6. Running for the B-team - Mike Bannister ( One man’s obsessive quest to run a marathon in under 3 hours)

  7. *The Way of the Runner   - a journey into the fabled world of Japanese running

  8. *The Sports Gene- David Epstein Epstein (Not really a running book but a few good nuggets of information in there for runners!)

  9. Eat & Run - Scott Jurek

  10. North - Scott Jurek

  11. Running With Joy – Ryan Hall

  12. *The Way of the Runner – Adharanand Finn

  13. *Running with the Kenyans - Adharanand Finn -Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year

  14. The Rise of the Ultrarunners - Adharanand Finn

  15. 2 Hours – Ed Caeser

  16. Don't Stop Me Now - Vassos Alexander

  17. The Ghost Runner – Bill Jones

  18. The Perfect Mile – Neal Bascomb

  19. Marathon Man – Bill Rodgers

  20. Today We Die A Little – Richard Askwith

  21. Who, Dares Runs - 32 marathons in 32 Days - Gerry Duffy

  22. Tick Tock Ten – Gerry Duffy ( His account of running 10 Ironmans in 10 days)

  23. A Life Without Limits – Chrissie Wellington

  24. To the Finish Line – Chrissie Wellington ( Both of these are mainly Ironman themed but plenty about running in there too – Chrissie is hugely involved with the Parlrun movement in the UK

  25. You Pace or Mine – Lisa Jackson ( A good one for back of the pack runners according to the person who recommended this!)

  26. Running Like A Girl – Alexandra Heminsley ( Very relatable!!)

  27. Finding Ultra – Rick Roll

  28. *From Last to First by Charlie Spedding (Spedding finished in third place behind John Treacy in the 1984 Olympic Marathon)

  29. The Lore of Running – Tim Noakes ( Very comprehensive on all matters related to running – 900 odd pages)

  30. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Murakami

  31. Daniels’ Running Formula – Jack Daniels

  32. Advanced Marathoning  - Pete Pfitzinger

  33. Endure - Alex Hutchinson

  34. Peak Performance by B Stulberg and Steve Magness

  35. Dean Karnazes - The Ultra Marathon Man

  36. Mark Rowlands - The Philosopher and the Wolf

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