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Running Chat V: Running Reading


Hey friends!! I want to say first a huge THANK YOU for all the Facebook/Twitter/email/blog comment support for my race! I was nervous going into it but you guys gave me so much more confidence! It went really well on the whole, excluding a mild concussion, and when I get the photos and stuff I will do a recap for you. In the meantime, lets talk about running reading!


As my friend Lindsay always says, you gotta invest in your passion! One way I do this is by reading about running…a lot. Too much probably!



Just a few of my running magazines!



These are just the running books that are on my desk right now! I probably have at least twice as many in total.


My Favourite Running Books


I have a lot of favourite running books, but I’ve somehow managed to narrow it down to my top five for you! I’ve linked to them all on Amazon.com in case anyone is interested in reading the reviews on them, because I always find those interesting and more telling than any blurb!


5. Kara Goucher’s Running For Women: From First Steps to Marathons


Having read a similar book by Paula Radcliffe just before this one (How to Run), I didn’t have high expectations. I didn’t particularly enjoy Paula’s book because I found it impersonal and very beginner orientated (which obviously is fine, but not what I look for in a book). Kara’s book was much better. Although it still had a lot of advice for beginners, it was also great for more experienced runners, with useful training and racing advice. I particularly loved her personal stories, the ‘Dear Kara’ Q&A sections, and the section on injuries and her struggles with that. I also found the section on strength training very useful, as she shows how important it is and gives a couple of her strength workouts. A great all-round running book.


4. Daniels’ Running Formula: Proven programs: 800 m to the marathon

Daniels Running Formula

I borrowed this from a library last year, and I’m thinking about buying it now because I want to read it again! The title didn’t convince me at first, since I was pretty sure running couldn’t be ‘formularised’, but the book definitely won me over. If you are looking for a non-technical, personal book, then look to Kara for that, but if you’re looking to seriously improve your times over 800m/1500m/3000m/XC/5k/10k/13.1miles/26.2 miles, then this is the book for you! If you aren’t persuaded yet, this reviewer’s comment from Amazon should do the trick: “When I started training with Jack’s methods I was a 17:00 5k runner and a 29:00 5 miler. After following his plans CONSISTENTLY I now have pr’s of 15:17 for 5k and 25:32 for 5 miles.” An easy-to-follow training guide that is sure to improve your race times.


3. Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks & Adventures


My running twin Tara sent me this book to read (I will shortly be sending it on to someone else so they can enjoy it too) and I absolutely love it. If you read Runner’s World magazine, you’ll know that they have a long feature every week telling an inspirational running story. I find them to be different from other magazines in that they are longer (usually around 3000 words) and very well written, just as stories should be. This book features the 30 best stories from the past seven years of the magazine. Every story is inspiring, motivating, and usually humorous too. Every runner should read this because it will make you fall in love with running all over again Smile


2. Lore of Running by Tim Noakes


This is a book that in my opinion is more for people interested in the science behind running. It is written by a physician who is also a health professor of exercise and sports science, so this is certainly full of credible information! The first part of the book takes an in-depth look at the physiology and biochemistry of running,   It is a a great look at the science related to running, covering everything from injury prevention to “proper nutrition for weight control and maximum performance”. I also loved the fact that this book has a number of interviews with elite runners, who share their secrets to success. While this is not the best training guide or a good book for new runners, it is perfect for serious runners who want to go deeper into the effects running has on the body and how that affects your training.


1. Run Faster by Brad Hudson


I loved everything about this book. Some great advice on all aspects of running, a lot of which I have or am starting to integrate into my own training. I loved the athlete profiles, which showcase the elite runners Brad Hudson (the book’s author) has worked with, and the great results his training has brought. Best of all are the training plans. For 5k, 10k,  half marathon, and marathon, there are three ‘levels’ of training plans. By having beginner, intermediate and advanced plans, every runner is catered for, whether they have been running for one year or ten. I also love that there are also plans for masters runners and youth runners, so no group is overlooked. A fantastic all-round training guide.


Running on the Web



I’m highlighting this one mainly for the benefit of my fellow non-US readers, as we don’t get the Running Times magazine over here (which is a shame, because I love it!). This website has amazing articles, videos, podcasts and forum. Plus Cait writes some awesome articles for it!, just as she does on her own site. Smile


I won’t bother listing it because it’s pretty obvious, but RunnersWorld.com is also a go-to. I’m subscribed to their Racing News via Google Reader which is a great way to keep up with the world of racing!



Click on ‘archive’, read all the articles, and thank me later. It’s all written by a runner with a Masters in Exercise Science, and there are some fascinating articles on here! I particularly love this one on why running shoes don’t work and this part of a myth-busting article:

“11. Putting your hands above your head and staying up after a race/workout helps.
There’s a reason you want to bend over or lay down. Your body is telling you it doesn’t want to work against gravity pumping blood. So, next time someone tells you to get up after a race tell them to go away.”

This happens to me on a weekly basis, so I am definitely going to be using this argument next time!!



Jason, the author of this site, is a running coach (not to mention a 2:39 marathoner!) who writes some great articles. Many of his posts are on how to stay injury free (obviously something I need to work on!), and he has reconfirmed my belief that strength training plays a huge role in not developing injuries! I need to start hitting the weights again…



I love this site for the videos. I don’t watch much regular TV, but I’ll happily watch the videos on here for hours on end! There training videos and interviews with elite runners which are awesome! Just having that insight into the workouts of some of the best runners in the world is amazing. It’s also great for racing news, articles and how-to videos.


That’s all for today! I apologise in advance for all the spelling and grammatical errors in this post, but it’s late and I’m tired so that’s my excuse! Smile with tongue out Anyways, I hope you found this interesting/useful and I’ll be back hopefully with a race recap tomorrow!


Oh, and as much as I wish I could say I was, I am not affiliated with any of the above books, sites or people. End of disclaimer.


What are your favourite running books? Do you have any favourite running sites?


Hope you’re all having a great weekend! <3

25 Responses to Running Chat V: Running Reading

  1. I LOVE Runners World!!! That book featuring the 30 best stories sounds amazing! I have never read a book solely dedicated to running so these suggestions are great for me….can’t wait to check some of them out!
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  2. You just made my tabs explode as well as my reading list. I want to get Lore of Running and Run Faster!! My favorite running books that you haven’t mentioned are “The Runner’s Body” which is all about the science behind it all (runnerds unite!!) and “The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery” which really taught me more in depth about the other half of training that deserves just as much attention as the active part!
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    • I also want to mention that I love Lauren Fleshman’s site. I recently started going back through all the Q&A’s and she has so much good info!!
      Tara recently posted..The Injured Runner–Nutrition (Part 2)

    • We really ARE twinners! I have both of those books on my Amazon wish list!! I will get them soon and I can’t wait to read them:)

      And I love Lauren’s site too! It’s great how much she interacts with her readers, and a lot of the Qs answered some of my own questions!

      Hope the knee is healing up! Thinking of you!! <3

  3. Thanks for this post! I’ll definitely be checking out the books and sites you recommended very soon. :) I’ve heard lots of good things about Kara Goucher’s book and I can’t wait to see how it is. Have you read Born To Run? It’s not much of a ‘how to train’ book, but whether or not you’re an advocate of minimalist/barefoot running, it’s super inspirational! I love reading about the science behind running so I think next on my list would be Lore Of Running. And, you know, any other book I can get my hands on! :D
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  4. Thanks! I really want to read Daniel’s Running Formula- that review won me over. Good job on your race today. :)
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  5. Girl, you definitely do your running research! This looks like me, but with cooking stuff. ;)
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  6. oh i love it! Invest indeed! and what a great down time. Really ignites that passion.
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  7. EXCELLENT post Em!!
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  8. Run Faster, Lore of Running, Going Long…I want them all now! I wonder if they’re available via audiobook so I can listen to them on long runs *scurries off to iTunes to check*. I’ve already read Kara’s book and I did like it, but I preferred Paula’s autobiography (not her ‘how to run’ type book – I haven’t read that one) because I’m biased, a tad obsessed with her and will read anything at all if it gives an insight into her brilliance.

    Anything that equates running with some kind of formula wouldn’t work for me – I’m no scientist when it comes to running! I’d freak myself out with all the numbers and become even more obsessed than I am already, plus I’d beat myself up for being a slowpoke all the time during training :P

    Thanks for this list – and I think this was a brilliantly written post. You write 10x better than any of the English undergrads I know…and I’m marking their exam papers right now!


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  9. What a super post- thanks for all this. I know I come across as a bit obsessed, but if you like Professor Tim Noakes then listen to the marathon talk podcast that he did- it was soooooo interesting and from the following weeks you could tell it had inspired loads of other people too.
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  10. I dont own any of those books but they all sound pretty great!! :)
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  11. I always read the reviews on Amazon to, they always give me a good idea if something is going to be good for me. I have to admit I don’t do a lot of running specific reading – except when I’m injured! I do like a book called Running Well though and the Run Less Run Faster book. Looking forward to your race recap!

  12. I haven’t read any good running books lately but I do love reading running blogs for inspiration!
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  13. I swear I could always read about running. You have such a great stash!!!

  14. oh oh oh do you want to do a book trade?! :)
    I would love to read Going Long…Have you read Read Chicken Soup For The Runner’s Soul? or Born to Run? Those are my two fav’s…I really want to send someone the Chicken Soup for the Runner’s Soul, I read it every night for the last week leading up to the NYC marathon…and cried every night/got SO PUMPED up…it’s a good read!
    CONGRATS on your race, I was cheering for you!
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    • YES a book swap would be so fun and I think we should do a house swap too cos I quite fancy some Cali sun right now! :P

      I haven’t read chicken soup, but I will ASAP!! And I LOVED born to run!! I read the whole thing when I was injured and was stuck on the stat bike for hours on end! Such a great book!

      Thanks for all the support gorgeous girl, you know I’m always cheering you on too! <3

  15. definitely just added a lot of these books to my list of things i want to read!

    i haven’t read very many running books even though i love the sport (i run distance for my track& field team and ran cross country the past 2 fall seasons) because i usually don’t get a lot of free time and when i do, i usually just end up reading blog posts instead!
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  16. I love love LOVE reading about running! I pretty much never talk about anything else either hahaha. I loved Kara’s book, RT magazine, RW, but I’ve never read any of the other books yet! I’m definitely intrigued though aaaaand may or may not have just ordered them all off amazon hahaa.
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  17. Daniel’s running formula is certainly one of my favorites. My coach follows it a lot and I’m actually thinking of writing a review about it on my blog. Such a great book!
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  18. Thanks for the links and books! I haven’t ready any instructional running books, but I’m currently working on McDougall’s Born to Run. So far I’m loving it!
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  19. I love your blog! You’ve inspired me to start running :) I started the Couch to 5k a few weeks ago and when I feel tired and can’t be bothered I picture you waking up on freezing cold mornings and running in the rain. You’re so dedicated and inspiring xx
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