The Best Books About Running!


Happy day to you!

Today, I am starting a series of blog posts about the best running related things.

(Think, podcasts, magazines, movies, etc.)

It’s pretty common knowledge that runners like to talk about running.

We eat, sleep, and breathe running.


Because we love it!

Some might call it an obsession…

I call it passion!

With this in mind, I wanted to give you even more ways to weave running into your daily life.

Part one of this series is on the best running related books.

Let’s get to it!

The stories below might not give you the runner’s high you’re chasing, but they will give you something to consider throughout the miles ahead!


 Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

By: Christopher McDougall

 $10 from

Born to Run is the one of the most fascinating books I have ever read about the history and scientific aspects of running. This is an amazing book if you want to learn about how humans evolved into the efficient running machines that they are today, and also about the importance of running to various cultures.,204,203,200_.jpg

Running & Being: The Total Experience

By: Dr. George Sheehan

$12 from

Running & Being tells of the author’s midlife return to the world of exercise, play, and competition, in which he found “a world beyond sweat” that proved to be a source of great revelation and personal growth. But Running & Being focuses more on life than it does, specifically, on running.

Running On Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America

By: Marshall Ulrich

$13 from

This memoir is an incredible read with a universal message for all athletes and non-athletes alike: face the toughest challenges, overcome debilitating setbacks, and find deep fulfillment in something greater than achievement.

 Pre: The Story of America’s Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine

By: Tom Jordan

 $12.50 from

Pre details the life of running legend Steve Prefontaine. In my opinion, this is the best book written on the man who has inspired generations of runners to achieve their dreams. If you want to learn more about Pre, this is the book to get.

Once A Runner: A Novel

By: John L. Parker, Jr.

$10 from

A rare insider’s account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners, Once a Runner is an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one man’s quest to become a champion.


What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir

By: Haruki Murakami

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While simply training for the New York City Marathon would be enough for most people, Haruki Murakami’s decided to write about it as well. The result is a beautiful memoir about his intertwined obsessions with running and writing, full of vivid memories and insights, including the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer.

 UltraMarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

By: Dean Karnazes

$10.50 from

Ultrarunning legend Dean Karnazes has run 262 miles (the equivalent of ten marathons) without rest. He has run over mountains, across Death Valley, and to the South Pole-and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. With an insight, candor, and humor rarely seen in sports memoirs (and written without the aid of a ghostwriter or cowriter), Ultramarathon Man has inspired tens of thousands of people-nonrunners and runners alike-to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and be reminded of what it feels like to be truly alive.



Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to UltraMarathon Greatness

By: Scott Jurek

$11 from

Eat and Run provides insight into the life of one of the most successful ultramarathoners in history, Scott Jurek. In the book, Scott talks about his incredible training regimen and his adherence to the vegan diet. Eat and Run is a great way to gain valuable insight on what makes an elite runner perform so well.

Bowerman and the Men of Oregon

By: Kenny Moore

$16 from

No man has affected more runners in more ways than Bill Bowerman. During his 24-year tenure as track coach at the University of Oregon, he won four national team titles and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records. He also ignited the jogging boom, invented the waffle-sole running shoe that helped establish Nike, and coached the US track and field team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

Did I miss any of your favorites?
Let me know by commenting below!


35 thoughts on “The Best Books About Running!

  1. mandireinders says:

    I have two I liked that weren’t on here. “Running like a girl” and “Breathe, Annie, breathe” which is fiction, but still really good.


  2. dgobs says:

    Great list! Definitely added a few to my to-read list 🙂 One I loved is Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley… part memoir, part advice book, and laugh-out-loud funny. One of my faves!


  3. Josh dV says:

    Excellent Suggestions. Born to Run and UltraMarathon Man were highly engaging reading. These others have been on my list for a while.

    I’d Suggest Running with the Mind of Meditation as well. It’s an amazing read.


  4. unironedman says:

    Dean Karnazes is mad as a box of frogs but his book is hugely readable. Hard to put down. I would also shamelessly plug my uncle’s book, ‘In the Long Run: The Humorous Story of a Marathon Runner’ which you can buy for buttons on Amazon, and yes, that’s my review there as well. As I say, shameless!!! Thanks for the tips.


  5. RunBikeThrow says:

    Check out “Running with the Buffaloes” – a recap of one year of the Colorado men’s cross-country team – which featured Adam Goucher. I also enjoyed “50/50” by Dean Karnazes as a book on CD, narrated by him. 50 marathons, 50 states, 50 consecutive days.


  6. Em says:

    I second Running with the Kenyans, a great book that got me through my time off with an ankle sprain 🙂 looking forwards to the documentary, movie and maybe a golden races of YouTube list too?!


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