1. Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness By Scott Jurek
Jurek is an ultrarunning legend. You may have heard of his athletic prowess through Chris McDougall's national best-seller Born to Run, but he also happens to know a lot about nutrition. In this book, you will find vivid writing about the life an ultra distance runner, plus helpful and inspiring vegan recipes. Order here.
2. My Journey to Guinness: Walking Diva Walking My Way Into the Guinness Book of World Records By Yolanda Holder
Yolanda Holder is the Guinness World Record holder of "Most Marathons Run in a Calendar Year". She power walked 106 marathons in 2010 and has quite a few ultra marathons under her belt as well, including 100 milers. Also known as the Walking Diva, her goal is to empower, motivate and encourage people to get fit, be healthy, and raise awareness for health and fitness in adults. Order here.
3. Drop Dead Healthy By A.J. Jacobs
Jacobs is the ultimate in human experimentation—using himself as an experiment. In a quest to delve into the complex world of health and fitness, Jacobs tries to live as healthy as possible for two years, trying out various philosophies of the health movement. The results are humorous, insightful, and entertaining. Order here.
4. Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health By Brendan Brazier
Brazier is a successful vegan athlete who seems to have perfected his take on nutrition. In this book, Brazier outlines his philosophy on food and why he chose a plant-based diet. In the end, he offers 200 practical and delicious vegan recipes. Ideal for the either the foodie or an athlete who is trying to eat healthier, this is a satisfying read. Order here.
5. Ani's Raw Food Essentials: Recipes and Techniques for Mastering the Art of Live Food By Ani Phyo
Filled with wonderful, accessible recipes, this is a great book for people starting out with raw foods. Ani uses seasonal, local, organic, and fresh produce coupled with nuts and seeds. She has thought of everything, including a two-page chapter on how to incorporate raw food into your canine's diet. This is an easy read with some powerful weight-loss testimonials behind it. Order here.
Enjoy.Perfect your nutrition to boost your performance. Sign up for a race near you.