Kenyan runners have been the dominant force in middle- and long-distance running events for more than 40 years. Several books have been published to try and explain their secret. The books on Kenyan runners focus on their training, diet, lifestyle and genes.
Books on Kenyan Runners.
The following books have been written and published. They are all available from Amazon online book store.
Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth
Whether running is your recreation, your religion, or just a spectator sport, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you. Part travelogue, part memoir, this mesmerizing quest to uncover the
secrets of the world’s greatest runners—and put them to the test—combines practical advice, a fresh look at barefoot running, and hard-won spiritual insights. Available in hard cover and Kindle version at Amazon Books
Run To Win: The Training Secrets of the Kenyan Runners
Written by Jurg Wirz, a freelance journalist and author, who has visited kenyan runners training bases since 1999 in Eldoret, Kenya. There is some interesting history, about Kenya in general and about individual runners and coaches.
The book has lots of pictures and some entertaining story’s. It has also examples of training schedules that great Kenyan runners would follow during competition season.The book is available at Amazon Books
More Fire : How To Run The Kenyan Way
Divided into four parts, the book begins with a description of running in Kenya, the landscape, the physical conditions, and the people; the second part concentrates on details of Kenyan training camps, training methods, and their typical training diet;
the third profiles individual runners and coaches from the past and present, with each explaining their approach to running so that readers can gain further insight into their methods. The book ends with a discussion on how the reader can adapt Kenyan training practices for their own running requirements. More Fire: How to Run the Kenyan Way is essential reading for runners of all levels and experience. Available in paper back at Amazon Books
Paul Tergat : Running To The Limit
The book revolves around 34-year-old Kenyan Paul Tergat. Who has secured his place in the history books with his Marathon world record in Berlin at the end of September 2003. Today he is considered as one of the best runners of all time. At Olympic Games he won two silver medals, both times behind his friend and rival Haile Gebrselassie.
This book illustrate Tergat’s way from an unknown runner in a tiny village in Kenya to the Marathon world record holder and Dollar-millionaire. In “Running to the Limit” Paul Tergat shares a lot about his training program. “Running to the Limit” is richly illustrated with colourful photographs, many of them as yet unpublished shots from Kenya. The book is available at Amazon Books