I love to read!  It makes me sad to see my students struggle with reading.  Many read very slow and then many times have no idea what they just read.  We have independent reading time every single day and I hope this does not make them dislike reading.

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This week’s Tuesday Topic: What are your favorite running books?  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

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Here are a few great books I’ve read:

Born to Run:  I loved reading about the Tarahumara Indians and their barefoot running.  They’re amazing natural ultramarathoners!  I remember learning about chia seeds.  🙂

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Run Less, Run Faster:  If you “only” have time to run 3 days a week, then this book/plan is for you.  I am pretty positive I used their plan for one of my races.  There is also an app where you add the race distance, date, and calculated 5k and you will get your 3 runs and paces for each week leading up to the race.

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Hansons Marathon Method:  I have the books for the marathon and half marathon.  The plans are intense but doable.  For the 2016 Chicago Marathon I trained using this method.  I was aiming to finish under 5 hours, but I didn’t.  I did get a PR so that counts, right?  You can read what I wrote about it HERE.


Boston Bound:  It is an easy to read book that details Elizabeth Clor’s struggles as she attempts to get a BQ.  She tried for 7 years and finally qualified in October of 2014.  She ran the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul – Running for Good:  I read about this book in Wendy’s blog.  Immediately I ordered it from Amazon.  I could not put it down.  The book is full of wonderful stories of runners talking about their struggles, goals, and accomplishments.  I loved that each story began with a motivational quote.

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Living with a Seal: Another book from Wendy’s blog.  This book is HILARIOUS!  Jesse invites a Navy Seal to come live with him and to train him to get in shape.  His only condition is that Jessie does everything he tells him to do.  I don’t think I would last a day with him.

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I am currently reading “Meb for Mortals.  I bought this book last year before the Chicago Marathon.  I know, I know, that was a year ago.  I should have finished it by now.  

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Any other good running books I should read?

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13 Comments on Tuesday Topics: My favorite running books

  1. I have read Born to Run, and also like it. I have the Run Less Run Faster, but have only skimmed through it. Hanson’s running totally would not be my game (minimalist “mileage” runner here LOL), so I didn’t even know there was a specific half marathon edition. You’ve read a great variety!

    • Hanson’s is a lot of miles. I know that it isn’t for everyone. I have thought about using it again for another half marathon but then remember that I can barely run 4 days a week. 😜

  2. I runfess it’s been awhile since I’ve read a running book. Right now I’m reading Roar. It’s about fueling for fitness as we age.

  3. I have read a few of those — all good. I also used the Run Less, Run Faster book (but never used the app) — what I didn’t like about that, although it makes sense, is that there are no easy runs!

  4. I loved Born to Run, and I want to read Meb for Mortals and Boston Bound. Some good ones I recently read (ok, heard, honestly I have a hard time “reading” running books, they’re easier for me to listen to) were Deena Kastor’s Let Your Mind Run and Matt Fitzgerald’s Life is a Marathon.

    • I checked my stack of book and noticed that I also have Deena Kastor’s book. Sigh. I am thinking of taking my book to school and also reading it when the students read. 🙂

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