With the advent of the "e-reader," I read even more - and all kinds of things that I probably wouldn't read otherwise. Since I started running, I've been reading books on - you guessed it - running! I actually started my running journey with a book called Run Your Butt Off. It's similar in concept to the "Couch to 5K" plans that are everywhere, but it also focuses on nutrition, and has a more personal approach, IMO.
Other books that I've read (in no particular order) are:
- Run Like a Mother
- Train Like a Mother
- The Spirit of The Marathon (not to be confused with the movie of the same name)
- Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide
- The Ultimate Running Guide
- Runner's World Big Book of of Marathon and Half Marathon Training
- The Do-It-Yourself Half Marathon Plan (more of a pamphlet than a book, really)
- Short Fat Chick to Marathon Runner
- Honey, Do You Need a Ride?
- Confessions of a Fat Marathoner
- Run to Overcome
- An Accidental Athlete
- Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running
- Runner's World Best: Getting Started
- Runner's World Guide to Road Racing
- Half-Marathon: A Complete Guide For Women
- Marathoning for Mortals
- The Complete Book of Running for Women
- Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks & Adventures
- Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
- Kara Goucher's Running for Women
- Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running
- Running for Mortals
- Running Shoes Are a Girl's Best Friend
- Grandma Wears a Running Skirt
- The Competitive Runner's Handbook
Holy cow, when I write them all down like that, it seems insane. But, I told you that I like to read.
A lot of them I got to read for free (thank you, Amazon Prime!!), others I paid for. A lot of them were repetitive, and some of them were written so long ago that it's actually amusing to see how much has changed. All of them, though, were interesting in some way, and helpful in feeding my insatiable appetite for all things running related. I think "Run to Overcome" was my favorite of the story/novel types - if any of you are Meb fans, you should check it out. Of the "this is how to run" books.... I'm not sure which is my favorite. I do know that I am not partial to Kara Goucher's writing (sorry, girl!) or Jeff Galloway's. Other than that, they were all decent. It just depends on what you're looking to get out of them, I guess.
Have you read any running books? Do you think I'm crazy because I have?