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Best Ultrarunning Books You Should Enjoy

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

1. Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning: Training for an Ultramarathon, from 50K to 100 Miles and Beyond (2014)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should EnjoyUltramarathons don’t leave much room for mistakes. Don’t learn the hard way: get a jump on training for an ultramarathon with Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning, a comprehensive handbook to running 30 to 100 miles and beyond, written by one of the most experienced and recognized athletes in the sport.Hal Koerner is among America’s best ultrarunners with podium results in more than 90 ultramarathons. In his smart, down-to-earth handbook, Koerner shares hard-earned wisdom, field-tested habits, and insider tips to help you prepare for your…
Author(s): Hal Koerner, Scott Jurek, et al.

2. Training Essentials for Ultrarunning: How to Train Smarter, Race Faster, and Maximize Your Ultramarathon Performance (2016)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should EnjoyWhen elite ultrarunners have a need for speed, they turn to coach Jason Koop. Now the sport’s leading coach makes his highly effective ultramarathon training methods available to ultrarunners of all abilities in his book Training Essentials for Ultrarunning. Ultramarathoners have traditionally piled on the miles or tried an approach that worked for a friend. Yet ultramarathons are not just longer marathons; simply running more will not prepare you for the race experience you want. Ultramarathon requires a new and specific approach to training. Training Essentials for Ultrarunning will revolutionize training for…
Author(s): Jason Koop, Jim Rutberg

3. Running Your First Ultra: Customizable Training Plans for Your First 50K to 100-mile Race (2015)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should EnjoyPhotography by Fredrik MarmsaterTake Your Training to New Heights with This One-Stop Manual on UltrasWith fifteen years running and competing around the world under her belt, Krissy Moehl is a top female ultramarathon runner, respected by her peers and an inspiration to runners everywhere. Between Moehl’s positive and encouraging attitude and her deep knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, there’s no one better to prepare and train you for your first ultra and beyond! Moehl will become your guide to completing a 50K, 50-mile or 100-mile race. Her experience translates into the most…
Author(s): Krissy Moehl

4. Nowhere Near First: Ultramarathon Adventures From The Back Of The Pack (2016)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should EnjoyLong before Cory Reese strapped on his first pair of running shoes, he learned the key to being a successful ultrarunner: He knew how to suffer. In “Nowhere Near First,” Cory shares his deeply personal story about experiencing his father’s suicide at a young age, and how this led to a career in endurance running and a desire to live life to the fullest. “Nowhere Near First” is a humorous, captivating, and uplifting account of Cory’s memorable ultramarathon experiences. Not only does Cory’s entertaining and powerful writing allow readers a unique perspective into the…
Author(s): Cory Reese

5. Run or Die (2013)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should EnjoyAn exceptional athlete. A dominating force. An extraordinary person.Kilian Jornet has conquered some of the toughest physical tests on the planet. He has run up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro faster than any other human being, and struck down world records in every challenge that has been proposed, all before the age of 25. Redefining what is possible, Jornet continually pushes the limits of human ability, astonishing competitors with his near-superhuman fitness and ability. Born and raised at 6,000 feet above sea level in the Spanish Pyrenees, Jornet climbed an 11,000 foot mountain — the highest…
Author(s): Kilian Jornet

6. Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons (2011)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should EnjoyMarathons have become too easy for some runners. What was once the pinnacle of achievement in a runner’s life is now a stepping stone for extraordinary adventure in ultramarathoning. The number of ultrarunners–those running distances of 50k (31 miles), 50 miles, 100k (62 miles), or 100 miles–is growing astronomically each year.   Dean Karnazes’ Ultramarathon Man and Chris McDougall’s Born to Run have inspired tens of thousands to try these seemingly superhuman distances. But to date, there has been no practical guide to ultramarathoning. Now, Bryon Powell has written Relentless Forward Progress, the first how-to manual…
Author(s): Bryon Powell, Eric Grossman

7. Run Gently Out There: Trials, trails, and tribulations of running ultramarathons (2013)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should Enjoy, parts of this book will be for you. , parts of this book will be for you. , parts of this book will be for you. , parts of this book will be for you. , parts of this book will be for you. , then is for you. Go along with the author as he takes you on a run that is not about anyone in particular, rather it is about what makes running trails and ultramarathons become a love affair with being out there and how running becomes part of a way of living….
Author(s): John Morelock

8. Follow the Dragons: Discovering the Love of Ultrarunning and Myself (2018)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should EnjoyAfter surviving a traumatic childhood, multiple arrests, six years in high school, and time in drug rehab, Kyle Robinson manages to become a lawyer and business owner. But when he becomes disillusioned with society’s version of success, Kyle throws out the old rule book to happiness and blazes his own path to true fulfillment by doing what any reasonable man in his late thirties would do; he buys a cargo van, builds a bed in the back, and drives west in search of himself, his tribe, and an adventure. Kyle’s quest takes him through remote areas of the Pacific…
Author(s): Kyle V Robinson

9. Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness (2013)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should Enjoy“In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn.”—Amby Burfoot, author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of LifeFor nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. Until recently he held the American 24-hour record and he was one of the elite runners profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run.In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as a champion athlete with a plant-based diet and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood…
Author(s): Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman

10. Finding Ultra, Revised and Updated Edition: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself (2013)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should EnjoyOn the night before he was to turn forty, Rich Roll experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he could see where his current sedentary life was taking him—and he woke up. Plunging into a new routine that prioritized a plant-based lifestyle and daily training, Rich morphed—in a matter of mere months—from out of shape, mid-life couch potato to endurance machine. Finding Ultra recounts Rich’s remarkable journey to the starting line of the elite Ultraman…
Author(s): Rich Roll

11. Danger Beyond The Yellow Gate (2017)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should EnjoyDanger, a young man who has a long history with the world’s hardest trail ultramarathon, is competing in his fifth try at the 100-mile footrace. The strange experiences Danger has while running in the backwoods mimic the race lore told around the campfire. Danger has his race interrupted repeatedly by two prison guards as they hunt for an escaped convict on the loose out there during the competition. Interesting conversations ensue, from the mundane (Is French bread crust eatable?) to the philosophical (Is math an invention or a discovery?). These quirky characters seem so real to Danger, but…
Author(s): Cathy Henn, Kyle Henn

12. Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner (2006)

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should EnjoyUltrarunning legend Dean Karnazes has run 262 miles-the equivalent of ten marathons-without rest. He has run over mountains, across Death Valley, and to the South Pole-and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. With an insight, candor, and humor rarely seen in sports memoirs (and written without the aid of a ghostwriter or cowriter), Ultramarathon Man has inspired tens of thousands of people-nonrunners and runners alike-to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and be reminded of “what it feels like to be truly alive,” says Sam…
Author(s): Dean Karnazes

13. Born to Run: The Rise of Ultra-running and the Super-athlete Tribe by Christopher McDougall (2009-04-23) ()

 Best Ultrarunning Books You Should EnjoyPaperback Publisher: Profile Books (1655) ASIN: B01K92QD4U Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3,941 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
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Best Ultrarunning Books You Should Enjoy

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Running to Extremes The Legendary Athletes of Ultrarunning

Author(s): Busch, Bonnie; Ludwig, Scott; Snapp, Craig
Publisher: , Year: 2016, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1593892

Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning: Training for an Ultramarathon, from 50K to 100 Miles and Beyond

Author(s): Hal Koerner, Adam W. Chase
Publisher: VeloPress, Year: 2014, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1207545

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, 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 books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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