Active Running Book Club

Active Running Book Club

By Ryan Wood
Active.com

Looking for a great book to teach, aid or inspire your running? From how-to guides to fascinating narratives to humorous storytelling, here a few of Active.com's favorite running books:

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Marathon: You Can Do It

Marathon: You Can Do It!

By Jeff Galloway

One of the top sources on running, Galloway lays out a plan and shares his secrets for runners of all abilities to finish a 26.2-mile race.

Born to Run

Born to Run

By Christopher McDougall

One of the more popular running books out there, this read is a fascinating look at the famous Tarahumara tribe of Mexico, known for their incredible long-distance running abilities.

Running for Mortals

Running for Mortals

By John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield

Bingham is known for proudly speaking on behalf of the "back of the pack" runners. Here, he teams with Hadfield to provide tips, workouts and inspiration that will shift you from couch potato to lifelong runner.

I Run, Therefore I Am—Nuts!

By Bob Schwartz

If you need a good laugh, everyone will appreciate this humorous look at what runners (including the author) put themselves through and how absurd it all really is.

Run

RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running By Feel

By Matt Fitzgerald

Runners who haven't quite realized their potential can learn to interpret internal messages like confidence, enjoyment, fatigue and suffering and use them to your advantage.

Food Guide

Food Guide for Marathoners

By Nancy Clark

One of the top sports nutritionists out there breaks down the correct way to handle food and drink as you approach your marathon—and even during the 26.2-mile race. Everything is covered.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot Running Step By Step

By Ken Bob Saxton and Roy Wallack

Barefoot Ken Bob is the authority on barefoot running, having completed 75 marathons sans shoes. He shows you the right way to ease into barefoot running and never look back.

Race Like No Other

A Race Like No Other

By Liz Robbins

A New York Times reporter follows several runners as they tackle the New York City Marathon. The book captures the charm of the event and examines the marathon itself through the eyes of pros and amateurs.

Relentless Forward Progress

Relentless Forward Progress

By Bryon Powell

Consider this a how-to manual for those looking to try an ultramarathon. Seemingly every topic is covered, from training to hydration to recovery to injuries to gear.

Chi Running

Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running

By Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer

This book breaks down the Dreyers' secrets to make your passion for running an injury-free endeavor with aspects of yoga, Pilates and T'ai Chi included.

Perfect Mile

The Perfect Mile

By Neil Bascomb

Running's glory days are covered in this brilliant narrative that follows Roger Bannister, John Landy and Wes Santee as they all try to break the 4-minute mile barrier in the 1950s.

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