While running might not be too conducive to reading, at least not at the same time, there are awesome books for runners. They come in many different forms, from serious training programs to humorous stories, but they all have one thing in common: they were written by runners for runners. Take a look at the following list to find the right running book for you.

For the science types.

Why We Run by Bernd Heinrich. OK, I’m not a science type, but this book easily blends biology, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy into a book about running. If that doesn’t intrigue you, then you’re probably not a science person either.

For the beginners.

No Need For Speed by John Bingham. If you’re just entering the running world, you’ve probably never heard of Mr. Bingham before, but be prepared to hear his name often. He’s the voice of the back-of-the-packers and has done wonders for mainstream running. This book is a nice easy introduction into running, with plenty of practical tips, as well as stories from his foray into running.

For the marathoners.

Marathon Man by Bill Rodgers and Matthew Shepatin. You wanna be inspired to get out there and log your miles? Look no further then adding this option to your podcast line-up.

For the history buff.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Thought running had nothing to do with history besides ancient Greek times? Think again. While this story might be more about a soldier in World War II trying to survive being lost at sea, there’s an underlying story of his past dreams of making the Olympic team. Boom, running.

For the kid at heart.

The Non-Runner’s Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais. Get off your butt and on with your training. If you’re looking to inject a little bit of humor into your training, then look no further. Dawn will keep you laughing all while inspiring you to get out there.

For the existentialist.

To Be a Runner by Martin Dugard. If you’re one who’s always looking for a deeper meaning to something, this book will show you how running can make you a better person. If that’s not motivation enough, then…well…you’re a terrible person (kidding).

For the ones in training.

Hansons Marathon Method by Luke Humphrey and Keith Hanson. A list on running books wouldn’t be complete without a training book, would it? Of course, there are many different training methods and books out there, but this one is pretty well-known.

Obviously this list only puts a dent in the numerous books out there on running. Do you have a favorite running book not included here?

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