The Lore of Running by Tim Noakes. Dubbed running’s most extensive resource, this book has unsurpassed information on physiology, training, racing, injuries, and the individuals and events that shaped the sport’s history. Noakes is a physician and dedicated runner himself, and he answers some of the most pressing questions faced by runners today. These topics include, but are not limited to extensive training advice from the 5K to the ultramarathon, how the body responds to different training methods and how to detect and avoid overtraining; and how to prevent and treat injuries as well as strength training techniques to maximize performance. This book is a must for the serious runner or coach. Find answers to all of your questions here!
Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide by Hal Higdon is a must-have training guide for first-time marathoners. It includes inspirational, yet brief inspirational stories from elite and everyday athletes as well as expansive training advice on topics such as training for your first marathon, speed work, running long, and peak performance. I found the information easy to understand yet extensive. It has detailed training information spanning from thinking about training for a marathon to post-marathon recovery and also includes a variety of Higdon’s training plans. A must-have reference for the novice and veteran marathoner alike.
Need a little motivation? Inspiration? Feel-good tips and stories to add a spring back into your step? Then be sure to check out The Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration:A Year of Motivation, Revelation, and Instruction by Kevin Nelson. I don’t read this book everyday, but when I need something to help get me out the door, this usually does the trick. It’s small so I can take it with me in in my bag. It includes a Resolved statement at the end of each day, which gives me something to ponder, focus on or achieve during a run.