Every runner should invest a little time investigating actual, real and true, running books. If you are looking for a place to start, check out the books that started my running library.


Born to Run  by Christopher McDougall

While on bed rest, pregnant with my second child I consumed this book in about a day. The story centers around the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons. For centuries they practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. Their stories left me feeling encouraged that running could be simple and that movement and running is for all of us.


Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster

The Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (known as FIRST) is dedicated to make running more accessible and limit overtraining and burnout while producing faster race times. FIRST is one of the foremost experts in the world on the science of running; its authority is unmatched and the promise of training less and accomplishing more has made the first two editions of Run Less, Run Faster a solid and steady seller. When I really started to get serious about running four years ago, this book was a great resource. I learned about different types of workout such as tempo, fartlek, long runs, etc and the benefits of each. It also helped give me training plans and realistic training paces for my current fitness level. It was a great point of entry to the world of running.


Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes

So this isn’t really a “running” book but it is a book about nourishing your body for running. Finally here’s a cookbook for runners that is more about showing that fat is essential for flavor and performance and less about counting calories, obsessing over protein, and restrictive dieting.You’ll find no shortage of delicious meals, satisfying snacks, thirst-quenching drinks, and wholesome treats–all made without refined sugar and flour. Fan favorites include Can’t Beet Me Smoothie, Arugula Cashew Pesto, High-Altitude Bison Meatballs, Superhero Muffins, Kale Radicchio Salad with Farro, and Double Chocolate Teff Cookies. Each recipe that I’ve tried has been delicious.


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