The Best Books On Running

The Books I Picked & Why

Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas

By Alexi Pappas

Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas

Why this book?

Olympic runner, actress, filmmaker and writer, Alexi Pappas’ wisdom and wit are beyond her age. This book will have you laughing, crying and cheering, sometimes all at once!


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Finding Ultra, Revised and Updated Edition: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

By Rich Roll

Finding Ultra, Revised and Updated Edition: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

Why this book?

A graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law, Rich Roll was a successful attorney, and a trash diving addict at the same time. His discovery of endurance sports helped salvage and remake him.


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Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes: A Cookbook

By Shalane Flanagan, Elyse Kopecky

Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes: A Cookbook

Why this book?

Part recipe book, part training plan, and entirely inspirational, Shalane Flanagan is a 4-time Olympian and the winner of the NYC Marathon.


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Running Man: A Memoir of Ultra-Endurance

By Charlie Engle

Running Man: A Memoir of Ultra-Endurance

Why this book?

To say Charlie Engle has led a colorful life would be putting things mildly. An addict and alcoholic, after nearly losing his life to a hail of bullets, Charlie turned to running as his savior.


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Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory

By Deena Kastor, Michelle Hamilton

Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory

Why this book?

Deena Kastor is a phenom that holds American records in every distance from the 5K to the marathon. Let Your Mind Run is a fascinating peek into the mindset of an elite athlete.


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