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.

One thought on “Best Inspiring Books about Marathon Running

  1. Seb from pedometer watches

    I would like to add Mike Stroud’s book Survival of the Fittest, he ran the 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 Continents with Ranulph Fiennes whose book Mad, Bad and Dangerous is also inspirational.

    Rosie Swale Pope’s book about running around the world is also an inspiration. Talk about tough!


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