Category Archives: Running Books

Books On Kenyan Runners

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
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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
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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

Books for Half Marathon Training

There are many half marathon training books, to save you time, we have done a review of three best selling books for half marathon training at Amazon.

Best selling Amazon books for half marathon training

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Half Marathon Training

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Half-Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 8K, 10K or Half-Marathon Race is an easy-to-understand introduction to the world of running half-marathon, or shorter, race. Endorsed by the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, this book is packed with illustrations, notes on how to stay motivated and tips on how to train without pain. It will guide you through your marathon-training program and show you how to find the appropriate clothing and shoes, prevent and treat injuries and warm-up before running.

To buy the book from Amazon follow the link below :

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Half-Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 8K, 10K or Half-Marathon Race

Half Marathon ; You Can Do It by Jeff Galloway

This book for half marathon training is quick & easy with lots of color & specific tips. It’s particularly good if you feel like you’re too old or out of shape to run a half-marathon.

To buy this half marathon training book from Amazon follow the link below:
Half-Marathon: You Can Do It

Beginner Half Marathon Trainer by Jon Ackland

This book for half marathon training shows you how to run your best time without injury or time-intensive training. It teaches you how to: Mentally prepare, Train smarter, Improve speed and endurance, Properly nourish your body, Pace your self.

To buy this book go to Amazon at: Beginner’s Half-Marathon Trainer: The 14-Week Program to Completing a Half-Marathon in Your Best Time

Best Inspiring Books about Marathon Running

One of the best medicine for a runner who feels low is a good inspiring book. The following is a list of four inspiring books that I have come across.

  1. “My Life on the Run,” by Bart Yasso. The book chronicles experiences of the icon from Runner’s World magazine, providing humor and perspective any runner can appreciate.
  2. “Running with the Buffaloes,” by Chris Lear. An All-American runner in his college days, Lear set out to follow the 1998 cross country team at the University of Colorado. Lear takes the reader behind the scenes as the team faces adversity and tragedy.
  3. “Bowerman and the Men of Oregon,” by Kenny Moore. The author, a two-time Olympic marathoner, gives readers an exhaustive look at Bill Bowerman, the legendary track and field coach at the University of Oregon, his coaching philosophies and the program’s rise to national prominence.
  4. “Duel in the Sun,” by John Brant. The David versus Goliath tale of the 1982 Boston Marathon, which pitted America’s distance running star, Alberto Salazar, against gritty underdog Dick Beardsley, the Minnesota native and former Detroit Lakes resident.

The Loneliness of Long Distance Runner

Alan Silitoe short story “The Loneliness of a Long Distance runner” features a juvenile delinquent sent to a youth prison for robbing a bakery; he turns to running as a relief from his difficult life. An excerpt:

“… running has always been made much of in our family, especially running away from the police. I’ve always been a good runner, quick and with a big stride as well, the only trouble being that no matter how fast I run, and I did a very fair lick even though I do say so myself, it didn’t stop me getting caught by the cops after that bakery job.”

Women’s Running Book: Get Started And Training For Any Distance

Get Started, Stay Motivated, Lose Weight, Run Injury Free Be Safe and Train for any Distance

woman.jpgAn interesting book I have come across is Runners World Complete book of women running.

More than 10 million women across U.S.A now identify themselves as regular runners. In response to the dramatic increase in the number of women in the sport, Dagny Scott Barrios and the experts at Runner’s World have created this singular guide—where women will discover how to:

Train for any race, from a 5K to a marathon
     • Eat nutritiously and for maximum energy
     • Lose weight permanently
     • Deal with self-consciousness and body image
     • Run during pregnancy and through menopause
     • Choose the best clothes and accessories
     • Run anywhere safely
     • Prevent and treat injuries, especially those that women are   most likely to encounter

With clear photographs, running sidebars, and testimonials from women runners of all ages and abilities, this comprehensive resource provides the most current practical advice available anywhere for women runners of all levels.

To get yourself a copy of this useful book see Complete book of women running at Amazon stores