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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?

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.
Author(s): Hal Koerner, Scott Jurek, et al.

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.
Author(s): Jason Koop, Jim Rutberg

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!
Author(s): Krissy Moehl

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.
Author(s): Cory Reese

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.
Author(s): Kilian Jornet

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.
Author(s): Bryon Powell, Eric Grossman

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

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.
Author(s): Kyle V Robinson

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.
Author(s): Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman

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.
Author(s): Rich Roll

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.
Author(s): Cathy Henn, Kyle Henn

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.
Author(s): Dean Karnazes

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
ID: 1593892, Publisher: , Year: 2016, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Training essentials for ultrarunning: how to train smarter, race faster, and maximize your ultramarathon performance

Author(s): Koop, Jason;Rutberg, Jim
ID: 2711501, Publisher: VeloPress, Year: 2016, Size: 21 Mb, Format: epub

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
ID: 1207545, Publisher: VeloPress, Year: 2014, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

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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