I have loved books and reading for as long as I can remember, and am fortunate to work in the public library, where I have access to a wealth of literature. My other passion is running. This evolved in my adult years, and I give much credit to living in our active community, where running is a popular and contagious pastime.
The Eagle Library’s shelves contain some great books about running – getting started, proper form, nutrition, race training, getting faster, running longer, memoirs by notable runners and more. So whether you run for pleasure or race competitively, are training for your first 5K (3.1 miles) or an ultra-marathon (anything over 26.2 miles), whether you enjoy trails or roads, snowshoeing or running up mountains, there is a book out there for you. In honor of my two favorite activities, I have compiled the following list to share with fellow readers and runners.
Armstrong, Kristen. “Mile markers: the 26.2 most important reasons why women run”
Butler, Sarah Lorge. “Run your butt off!: a breakthrough plan to lose weight and start running (no experience necessary!)”
Daniloff, Caleb. “Running Ransom road: confronting the past, one marathon at a time”
Dreyer, Danny and Katherine. “Chi marathon: the breakthrough natural running program for a pain-free half-marathon and marathon”
Fitzgerald, Matt. “The new rules of marathon and half-marathon nutrition: a cutting-edge plan to fuel your body beyond “the wall”
Goucher, Kara. Kara Goucher’s running for women: from first steps to marathons
Joyner, Florence Griffith. “Running for dummies”
Karnazes, Dean. Ultramarathon man: confessions of an all-night runner
McDougall, Christopher. “Born to run: a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen”
McDowell, Dimity. “Run like a mother: how to get moving — and not lose your job, family, or sanity”
Noakes, Timothy D. “Lore of running”
Ostman, Cami. “Second wind: one woman’s midlife quest to run seven marathons on seven continents”
Rodgers, Bill. “Marathon man: My 26.2-mile journey from unknown grad student to the top of the running world”
Salazar, Alberto. “14 minutes: a running legend’s life and death and life”
Sandler, Michael. “Barefoot running: how to run light and free by getting in touch with the Earth”
Scott, Dagny. “Runner’s world complete book of women’s running: the best advice to get started, stay motivated, lose weight, run injury-free, be safe, and train for any distance”
Stracher, Cameron. “Kings of the road: how Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, and Alberto Salazar made running go boom”
Ulrich, Marshall. “Running on empty: An ultramarathoner’s story of love, loss, and a record-setting run across America”
The Eagle library has all of these titles in its collection. So come check one of these books out if you want to get started running, train for a race, or enhance your running experience. I’ll see you out running – and/or at the library.