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Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate Collection

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Running Training books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Daniels’ Running Formula (2013)

Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate CollectionGet in the best shape of your running career with the help of Daniels’ Running Formula, the book that Runner’s World magazine calls the best training book. Premier running coach Jack Daniels provides you with his legendary VDOT formula to guide you through training at exactly the right intensity to run stronger, longer, and faster. Choose a program to get in shape, target a race program, or regain conditioning after layoff or injury. Train for competition with programs for 800 meters, 1500 meters to 2 miles, cross country races, 5K to 10K, 15K to 30K, and marathon events. Each program incorporates training intensities to…
Author(s): Jack Tupper Daniels

2. Build Your Running Body: A Total-Body Fitness Plan for All Distance Runners, from Milers to Ultramarathoners―Run Farther, Faster, and Injury-Free (2014)

Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhether you're a miler or an ultramarathoner, if you want a fit, fast, and injury-resistant running body, there's a better way to train than relentlessly pursuing mileage. This easy-to-use workout manual draws on the latest research in running physiology to target all the components that go into every stride—including muscles, connective tissue, cardiovascular fitness, energy production, the nervous system, hormones, and the brain. With the breakthrough whole-body training program in Build Your Running Body, runners will improve their times, run longer and more…
Author(s): Pete Magill , Thomas Schwartz , et al.

3. 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster By Training Slower (2014)

Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate CollectionRespected running and fitness expert Matt Fitzgerald explains how the 80/20 running program—in which you do 80 percent of runs at a lower intensity and just 20 percent at a higher intensity—is the best change runners of all abilities can make to improve their performance. With a thorough examination of the science and research behind this training method, 80/20 Running is a hands-on guide for runners of all levels with training programs for 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon distances.In 80/20 Running, you’ll discover how to transform your workouts to avoid…
Author(s): Matt Fitzgerald, Robert Johnson

4. Running Rewired: Reinvent Your Run for Stability, Strength, and Speed (2017)

Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate CollectionJay Dicharry distills cutting-edge biomechanical research into 15 workouts any runner can slot into their training program to begin seeing real results in about 6 weeks. For better or worse, your body drives your running form.Running Rewired will show you how to shed old injuries, mobility problems, weaknesses and imbalances and rewire your body-brain movement patterns. You’ll rebuild your movement and transform your running within one season.Through his work with athletes at REP Lab and top university sports performance clinics, Dicharry has found…
Author(s): Jay Dicharry

5. Believe Training Journal (Bright Teal Edition) (2018)

Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate CollectionGet motivated to become the runner you were meant to be with the new Believe Training Journal (Bright Teal Edition) by pro runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas. Inspired by their own training and racing methods, Lauren and Ro offer a training journal that has it all: designated grids for recording data and times as well as space to process and dream. The journal offers a full year of undated weeks, an annual calendar, worksheets, quizzes, lists, and plenty of space for notes. Lauren and Ro share their wisdom and experience throughout the journal―with thought-provoking insight on…
Author(s): Lauren Fleshman, Roisin McGettigan-Dumas

6. Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Run-a-Week Training Program (2012)

Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (known as FIRST) is dedicated to make running more accessible and limit overtraining and burnout while producing faster race times. FIRST is one of the foremost experts in the world on the science of running; its authority is unmatched and the promise of training less and accomplishing more has made the first two editions of Run Less, Run Faster a solid and steady seller. With 50 percent updated content, this new edition of Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster by Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, and Ray Moss continues to…
Author(s): Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, et al.

7. Training Young Distance Runners (2014)

Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate CollectionAs the best-selling guide in the sport, Training Young Distance Runners has helped countless runners achieve their best times, avoid injuries, and improve their performance progressively from season to season. Updated, expanded, and enhanced, this new edition further solidifies its standing as a must-have for athletes and coaches in cross country, track and field, and road racing. Running experts Larry Greene and Russ Pate combine the latest research with training, development, and conditioning plans from the most successful high school and college programs in the world….
Author(s): Laurence S Greene, Russell Pate

8. Be Ready on Race Day: How to Create a Custom Training Plan for Your Next Marathon or Half Marathon (2018)

Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate CollectionSICK AND TIRED OF ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL TRAINING PLANS? You’re not a one-size-fits-all runner, so why would you choose to use a one-size-fits-all training plan to help you prepare for your next race? Point blank, a one-size-fits-all plan is really one-size-fits-none. BE READY ON RACE DAY teaches you how to create a comprehensive training plan that fits your busy life and meets your specific training needs by showing you how to: Finally, you can discover how to stay on track with your training and peak on race day. If you’ve had enough of using generic training plans and would prefer to…
Author(s): Denny Krahe

9. Running Your First Marathon: The Complete 20-Week Marathon Training Plan (2018)

Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate Collection“Andrew Kastor has taken the tried-and-true principles that all us pros follow and made them available and applicable for everyone. Just as Andrew has helped me on my journey, he is sure to help you on yours.”―Ryan Hall, US Olympic Marathoner, holder of the US record in the half marathon, and marathon training expertAs a marathon training coach for world-class runners and Olympic medalists, Andrew Kastor knows what it takes to get to the finish line. Whether you are planning to run a full or half marathon, Coach Kastor’s marathon training program conditions you to set achievable goals, get in shape, and stay motivated. With an…
Author(s): Andrew Kastor

10. Fast 5K: 25 Crucial Keys and 4 Training Plans (2019)

Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn his fast-paced, ultimate guide to 5K running races, celebrated running coach Pete Magill reveals the 25 crucial keys to setting your next 5K PR. Magill shares hard-earned lessons he gained while leading 19 teams to USA national championships and setting multiple American and world age-group and masters records. Fast 5K shares Magill’s essential keys to finding your fastest running fitness and race readiness. The 25 keys include optimal training mileage, effective tempo runs, VO2 max workouts, hill repeats, plyometrics that work, ways to prevent injuries, recovery tips, guides to diet…
Author(s): Pete Magill

Best Running Training Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some running training books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Running Science Optimizing Training And Performance

Author(s): John Brewer
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2018, Size: 62 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2330513

Marathon Running: Physiology, Psychology, Nutrition and Training Aspects

Author(s): Christoph Zinner, Billy Sperlich (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1533058

The Mammoth Book of Special Forces Training: Physical and Mental Secrets of Elite Military Units

Author(s): Lewis, Jon E
Publisher: Robinson / Running Press, Year: 2015, Size: 1 Mb, Download: mobi
ID: 2091016

80/20 running : run stronger and race faster by training slower

Author(s): Fitzgerald, Matt; Johnson, Robert
Publisher: Penguin Group;New American Library, Year: 2014, Size: 9 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1420179

Anatomy, Stretching & Training for Marathoners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting the Most from Your Running Workout

Author(s): Dr. Philip Striano , Lisa Purcell
Publisher: Skyhorse, Year: 2014, Size: 16 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2393496

You (only faster) : training plans to help you train smarter and run faster

Author(s): McMillan, Greg
Publisher: McMillan Running Company, Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2084790

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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