There’s only one thing runners like to do more than run. That’s talk about running but unfortunately our vocal cords occasionally need a break. At that time, break out this reading list featuring some of Team ECRP‘s favorite, and most useful, running related books.
Pre (Jordan) – The story of America’s most fabled tracklete, Pre is a biography of Steve Prefontaine. Well crafted and uncomplicated this exciting tale lends itself to page turning. While also providing a bit of education on the history of track and field, this short novel should be on every runner’s shelf.
Eat & Run (Jurek) – This chronicle of Scott Jurek’s ‘unlikely journey’ to ultramarathon greatness is peppered with lots of smiles and tasty recipes. With a main focus on how nutrition effects performance, Eat & Run is a great resource for vegetarian and vegan athletes. Even for meat eaters these recipes are worth a try.
Anatomy for Runners (Dicharry) – Get ready to learn. Chock full of knowledge, Jay Dicharry’s guide will lead you to happier and healthier running. Doesn’t the subtitle ‘Unlocking Your Potential for Health, Speed and Injury Prevention’ sound enticing? Anatomy features exercises and explanations that are easy to understand and process. A must read for runners serious about improving.
Born to Run (McDougall) – This massive best seller should definitely be on your reading list. Even if you’ve already covered it, consider cracking it open again. This epic tale of one runner’s desire to end foot pain started the minimalist movement. No matter how you feel about zero drop shoes, the story of Mexico’s Tarahumara will inspire you and that next marathon registration.
Ready to Run (Starrett) – ‘Unlocking your potential to run naturally’ is Dr. Kelly Starrett’s goal with this big book. So get ready. This guide will teach you more about movement that you likely care to know but it’s 100% worth it. The founder of MobilityWOD.com has worked with professional athletes from all fields of play and wants you to become a stronger, more efficient runner.
Build Your Running Body (MacGill/Swartz/Breyer) – Bob Anderson, the founder of Runner’s World, calls this the ‘best running book ever’ and there’s no arguing with that. Yes, it’s full of physiology and science however it’s easy to understand and digest. Following the guidelines in this book will help you run faster, reduce injury risk and have more fun.