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Book Reviews
401: The Man who Ran 401 Marathons in 401 Days and Changed his Life Forever
Ben smith


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4.7 stars
  • geordiesanta
    Like LazyDaisy I saw Ben when he came to our town. He was so interesting to listen too. I bought the book not got to reading it yet, I expect it to be a great read.
  • LazyDaisy
    I haven't read it but Ben gave a talk at our AGM not long after he'd completed this challenge. What a smashing guy, very inspirational - if his book is anything like him, it'll be a good read!
  • sinj999
    I haven't read it, but my OH has and she says it is very good. Who am I to argue...?
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80/20 Running
Matt Fitzgerald


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4.4 stars
  • Llamadance
  • Binks
    Excellent book. 80/20 has been the basis of my training for years and I think is what allows me to complete lots of miles without injury.
  • snogard
  • Bob!
  • K5 Gus
  • rhb
  • Rosehip
  • puzzler
    A good read but not so much new if you’re familiar with Lydiard style training. Kindle version has rubbish formatting so avoid and get the paper version.
  • AndyJ82
  • SailorSteve
    Makes a little go a long way.
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A Life Without Limits
Chrissie Wellington


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4.7 stars
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A Year on the Run- 365 stories from the world of running
Damian Hall


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5.0 stars
  • steve45
    A great book to dip into or follow day by day! Short interesting running stories/facts related to the dates in question.
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Advanced Marathoning
Pete Pfitzinger & Scott Douglas


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4.9 stars
  • fetcheveryone
    Some of the plans seem intimidating to a tentative marathon runner - but they point to the importance of building up a base before a serious attempt. Useful and inspiring.
  • Angus Clydesdale
  • Windsor Wool
    Really good. Read it though, don’t just go straight to the schedules as you’ll run them better with the background as to what, why, how.
  • gribb0
  • jacdaw
  • puzzler
    Does what it says on the tin. Not one for beginners but a must read for someone serious about getting the most out of their Marathon training.
  • kt_m_white
  • boyband6666
  • K5 Gus
  • Lee78
  • anyonebutmatt
  • chunkywizard
  • StuH
  • Maccatheknacca
  • FergusG
  • I've run two sub 3 hour marathons following their schedules, it's worked for me.
  • becca7
  • Llamadance
  • B Rubble
  • Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
  • Schnecke
    I used the 'easiest' training plan in the book several times - twice to achieve marathon PBs and my holy grail of a sub 4 marathon, so its not just for the super speedies.
  • Son of a Pronator Man
    When I was trying to go sub 3, this was the book I followed. I never made but my lack of ability, not the training plan was the reason. It completely transformed how I though about marathon training
  • Velociraptor
  • clare1976
  • HappyG(rrr)
    Best marathon training book I have used. In addition to the plans, it gives excellent background information, so it's a good read too. Covers nutrition, strength work, recovery and more. :-) G
  • panad
  • Bob!
  • Oscar the grouch
    Can't fault it. PB by following and expect more to come
  • shyfire
  • Cog Noscensme AHA
    Great for a structured approach. Interesting to see how P has shifted from light to heavy on the supplementary training.
  • AJPAR
  • Diogenes
  • Jock Itch
    Good but the taper on the training plans in my opinion is too heavy.
  • Trin
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Around the World in 80 Days
Mark Beaumont


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4.8 stars
  • Llamadance
  • Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
    Definitely worth a read, even for non cyclists.
  • Jubear
  • oumaumau
    Having followed Marks journey 'live' during his attempt, I was pleased to find lots of fresh material in the book to flesh out the story. An amazing achievement, and a logistical nightmare.
  • megster
  • Mr J
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Be Iron Fit (Time-Efficient Training Secrets for Ultimate Fitness)
Don Fink & Melanie Fink


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4.3 stars
  • Little Miss Happy
    Accessible, achievable plans whatever your goal.
  • Angus Clydesdale
    Superb book with some great plans and ideas about how to stay on track. Definitely for Long (IM) distance. For Middle (½IM) distance their book IronFit Secrets is better focussed.
  • fraggle
    Some good ideas in here, but, I found the swim sets unachievable in the time suggested,and the long bikes are not long enough. Going long is all about the bike
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Becoming a Supple Leopard
Dr Kelly Starrett


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4.5 stars
  • becca7
    A bit of a daft title but this book is highly recommended as a guide to increasing mobility.
  • Angus Clydesdale
  • Sharkie
    Lots of good stuff - but VERY heavy (weight wise- not practical to lug about) and expensive
  • K5 Gus
    Not personally read this, but comes very highly recommended from various clubmates
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Beyond Impossible
Mimi Anderson


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4.8 stars
  • oumaumau
    A very personal account of Mimi's struggles and achievements. Very well written.
  • Kenyan John
    Well written book about her early struggles then her amazing life as an ultra distance runner.
  • Rosehip
  • Little Miss Happy
    Not as engaging as I thought it was going to be.
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Born to Run
Christopher McDougall


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4.4 stars
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Brain Training for Runners
Matt Fitzgerald


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5.0 stars
  • Llamadance
  • Velociraptor
    Much of this book is duplicated and updated in "The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel" and "80/20 Running" but it remains relevant and interesting.
  • Bob!
  • Gooner
  • milkybar kid
    The only book you need. Pacing tables and training plans are perfect. A real go-to book for runners of all distances 5K and over.
  • K5 Gus
  • shyfire
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Build your running body
Pete Magill


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5.0 stars
  • Barky
    Really good book that covers a lot of information on how to run better, a holistic view - running, core, strength, flexibility - it covers it all. Well worth it for some of the ideas it has to offer.
  • puzzler
    For all aspects of maintaining your body for running this a great book. Particularly helpful on stretches, but tons of other exercises.
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Championship Swim Training
Bill Sweetenham & John Atkinson


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5.0 stars
  • Angus Clydesdale
    This is THE go-to reference book for swim coaching, particularly for designing training programmes. Possibly a bit specialist for multi-sports athletes.
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Clean & Lean Warrior (Blueprint for a Strong, Lean Body)
James Duigan


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5.0 stars
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Daniels' Running Formula
Jack Daniels


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4.9 stars
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Don't stop me now
Vassos Alexander


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3.9 stars
  • EvilPixie
  • Gooner
    Easy to read and quite funny in parts.
  • smallclanger
    Loved it!
  • mulbs
  • SarahWoo
  • Little Miss Happy
    Easy reading.
  • Bramble
  • Oscar the grouch
  • Mr J
  • katypie
  • Black Cat
  • mascott514
    its ok.... he's dull!
  • Albert O Balsam
    It's ok, good in places. Vassos does have rather an inflated view of himself in parts (of this book, I'm sure in real life he's very down to earth)
  • Windsor Wool
    Quite crap. If you want to read a book about someone who obsessively chases a goal then read Feet in the Clouds.
  • Sweetie
    Really disliked the gimmicky way they split up the Outlaw race over 26 chapters - a very disjointed read.
  • Wriggling Snake
    This person is a berk in ALL his'sport' coverage. Avoid at all costs. 0 stars. Bought as a present. I put it in the lend section of my local train station. It has never moved.
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Eat & Run
Scott Jurek


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4.6 stars
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Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
Alex Hutchinson


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5.0 stars
  • Binks
    Really good. Masses of evidential stuff on human endurance. His blog "sweatscience" is well worth looking at
  • Velociraptor
    Evidence based yet highly readable book covering a wide range of subjects of interest to athletes and those who just enjoy finding out about human physiology and psychology.
  • oumaumau
    Covering a huge number of topics, Alex draws together research related to many facets of human endurance. Well put together and accessible.
  • Rosehip
    A very interesting read
  • Cerrertonia
    In the same vein as his excellent columns, a wide-ranging look at latest research on endurance. The best writer on sports science out there.
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Fast After 50
Joe Friel


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4.6 stars
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Faster Road Racing
Pete Pfitzinger


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4.5 stars
  • Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
    Useful guide for shorter races
  • K5 Gus
  • kt_m_white
  • panad
  • clare1976
  • Velociraptor
  • Daz Love
    Love this book. For the more ‘serious’ runner. Plans for all common distances up to half. Lightest plans start at around 35 miles per week. Away from the plans there is lots of good info that helps.
  • Northern Exile
  • HappyG(rrr)
    I didn't find this as helpful as Advanced Marathoning book, but could be just where I was in my running life & training. Plans have lots of speed & intensity, as you'd expect, I prefer jogging! :-) G
  • Windsor Wool
    Good, interesting variations on the tried and tested P&D marathon theme.
  • snogard
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Fat man to Green man
Ira Rainey


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4.7 stars
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Feet in the Clouds: A Story of Fell Running and Obsession
Richard Askwith


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4.9 stars
  • rhb
  • HappyG(rrr)
    A great story of how a personal goal can take over your life. I'm sure we can all relate! Conveys a real love of the hills and a willingness to commit to getting there and meeting the challenge! :-) G
  • mr d
  • steve45
    This is what running is really about for me!
  • Shortcut Cam
    Brings the Bob Graham to life and leaves me in awe of anyone running ultras in The Lakes
  • Windsor Wool
  • zuistu
  • gribb0
  • jacdaw
  • Love Lettuce
  • Rosehip
  • kev-eats-owt
  • Derby Tup
  • Cerrertonia
  • Rascal
  • Captain S
    An awesome read.
  • panad
    Loved it! Led me down the rabbit hole of fell running...!
  • Northern Exile
    This book has got a lot to answer for. Still the best book ever written about fell running.
  • Diogenes
  • SimonF
    A passage from this was read at my wedding by Northern Exile. No other words needed :)
  • Llamadance
  • Ness
  • Bramble
  • Nightjar
    The story of a runners addiction full of amusing anecdotes of both the authors adventures and those of varying fame that he has met. If this doesn't inspire you to do a Bob Graham Round nothing will.
  • quimby
  • Dave_K
  • Velociraptor
  • jennywren
  • Albert O Balsam
    Just read it, and be inspired!
  • Bob!
  • johntz
  • Garfield
  • GordonG
    Gave me a great insight into a world i'd known nothing about. You don't need to be massively "in" to running to appreciate this book
  • Little Miss Happy
  • blindcider
  • Wriggling Snake
    I found this very atmospheric. You could be there, again not a running book more a telling of a period in a life that revolves around running.
  • RichHL
    The book that put me off fell running for life, a reality check for flatlanders. A beautiful book of praise for running in the hills and the heroes who run in the high and beautiful places.
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Find a way
Diana Nyad


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4.5 stars
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Fixing Your Feet
John Vonhof


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5.0 stars
  • steve45
  • oumaumau
    The defacto bible on foot care when on the move. Covers everything from shoe and sock choice, through taping/treating skin, blister prevention and treatment. Just amazing
  • gribb0
  • jacdaw
    Essential reading for everybody who has feet.
  • Derby Tup
  • Running sim
    The authority on foot care!
  • Maccatheknacca
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Flannagan's Run
Tom McNab


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5.0 stars
  • steve45
    Ok..it's a novel but quite a gripping running story! Set in 1928 at the height of the Depression when folks would race for money. It's about a 3,000 mile race across America. I couldn't put it down
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Hanson's Marathon Method
L Humphrey, K Hanson, K Hanson


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5.0 stars
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Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot
John L Parker Jr


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3.5 stars
  • snogard
  • GimmeMedals
    I've just been reading this - it's dead easy to follow. The plans included look ok so I'm giving it a go.
  • Helegant
    I found it helpful on one of my many returns to running because it gave structure and a plan that matched quite well to my own body.
  • fetcheveryone
    Very straightforward (but could probably be condensed into a pamphlet). Still not sure why the author used the 18th century spelling of 'Compleat'. A relaxed, simple read covering the basics.
  • geordiesanta
    I used it found it helpful, but I struggle with books I am meant to learn from... much more of a story reader :)
  • panad
  • AndyJ82
  • Velociraptor
    Do you want your heart rate monitor to be your master rather than your servant, and a set of numbers that may not apply to you to dictate your training? If so, this book will suit you perfectly.
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How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
Kathleen Meyer


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5.0 stars
  • rhb
    A must read for those crazy ultra runners headed out where there may be no loos
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I'm Here to Win
Chris McCormack


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5.0 stars
  • oumaumau
    Chris McCormack recounts his time and training methods on his route to being a two time Ironman world champ. Interesting from a tactics/training point of view
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In the Running
Phil Hewitt


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0.0 stars
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IronFit Secrets (for Half Iron-Distance Triathlon Success)
Don Fink & Melanie Fink


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5.0 stars
  • Little Miss Happy
  • Angus Clydesdale
    Brilliant wee book. 3 training plans, depending how fast/fit you are. Got me round Edinburgh IM70.3 a couple of years ago. Easy to read and understand.
  • g1ngerrevolution
    A book and plan so good I wrote an entire blog about it: https://www.fetcheveryone.com/blog/70109/2016/12
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It Kept Me Off The Streets: The Sleepless Nights of an Ultra Runner
Martin Thomerson


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1.0 stars
  • Northern Exile
    Awful book, don't waste your time. It's badly written and edited, combine that with a weak and desultory theme and you have something that's barely readable.
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It's a Hill, Get Over It
Steve Chilton


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2.5 stars
  • stilldreaming
    Found this heavy going - could only read and digest one chapter at a time.
  • Northern Exile
    Full of facts and figures about fell running, but pretty dull and not very readable.
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Jumping Into Plyometrics (100 Exercises for Power & Strength)
Donald A. Chu


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5.0 stars
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Just A Little Run Around The World
Rosie Swale Pope


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5.0 stars
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Keep on running
Phil Hewitt


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4.0 stars
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Last to First
Charlie Spedding


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5.0 stars
  • Little Miss Happy
  • Garfield
  • panad
  • steve45
    An easy read which kept me turning the pages and straightforward thoughts and ideas about running which fit well with me.
  • oumaumau
    An interesting and informative autobiography of Britains last Olympic medal winner in the marathon (1984..). Worth it just for the three questions he uses to set his goals
  • puzzler
    Best book about running on my voluminous shelf
  • kt_m_white
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Let Your Mind Run
Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton


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4.5 stars
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Lore of Running
Tim Noakes MD


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4.8 stars
  • fetcheveryone
    Extremely heavy duty - but a great reference manual. Everything from biological processes, right up to training cycles.
  • Rosehip
  • Kenyan John
    My favourite running book
  • Love Lettuce
  • steve45
    Just about everything one needs in here even though written a while ago. A tome of a book which I wouldn't be without.
  • Little Miss Happy
    One to have on the bookcase for reference rather than to read cover to cover.
  • Velociraptor
    Terrific reference book on all aspects of running. Contains everything from detailed physiology and biochemistry to engaging biographies of great athletes past and present. Full of citations.
  • Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
    Good for reference, not read it in full...
  • Gobi
    The reference gospel- not a page 1 to end read but a reference !!
  • rhb
  • SailorSteve
    Excellent reference source. Not ideal for hand luggage.
  • Sharkie
    Read it while I was a distance runner over ten years ago. It's full of useful information - but unless updated may be slightly out of date now?
  • ♪♫ Egnys ♪♫
    Brilliant book, but some of the science is a bit over my head. It all sounds convincing, though! Highly recommended.
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Marathon
Hal Higdon


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5.0 stars
  • becca7
    This book was very helpful when I first started marathon running. Hal Higdon's plans tend to balance training and recovery sufficiently to get runners to the start line well-trained and not broken.
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More Fire
Toby Tanser


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5.0 stars
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Natural Born Heroes
Christopher McDougall


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4.6 stars
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North
Scott Jurek with Jenny Jurek


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4.5 stars
  • Garfield
  • mr d
    Uniquely written by the support crew and runner as Jurek attempts the Appalachian Trail FKT. Plenty of moaning, highs, lows and a couple of thousand miles.
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Older Yet Faster: The Secret to Running Fast and Injury Free
Keith Roland Bateman, Heidi Melissa Jones et al.


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5.0 stars
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Paula: My Story So Far
Paula Radcliffe


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2.1 stars
  • Jock Itch
  • Trin
    I read it years ago and remember really enjoying it
  • Northern Exile
    Did not enjoy, way too whiney and full of self-pity
  • Black Cat
  • Velociraptor
    I admire Paula Radcliffe enormously, but I think she wrote this autobiography about 30 years too early and it portrays her as immature and whiny.
  • fetcheveryone
    Inspirational person - but I found the book to be a bit flat. Sorry Paula, you're still awesome though.
  • jennywren
    Really boring, which it absolutely shouldn’t be because she’s such a great athlete. Disappointing.
  • panad
  • steve45
    A lousy book by a great runner. Boring with little subtle inspiration anywhere within it. A pity.
  • Windsor Wool
    too Mills & Boon for me!
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Periodization Training for Sports
Tudor O. Bompa & Michael C. Carrera


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5.0 stars
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Racing Weight
Matt Fitzgerald


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4.3 stars
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Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons
Bryon Powell


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5.0 stars
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Roar
Stacy T. Sims


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5.0 stars
  • RunnyBunny
    Nutrition and training for women. Lots on menstrual cycles, a chapter on the menopause, a chapter on pregnancy. Mantra: women are not small men.
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Run
Dean Karnazes


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3.2 stars
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Run Like Duck - A Guide For The Unathletic
Mark Atkinson


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0.0 stars
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Run or Die
Kilian Jornet


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3.4 stars
  • oumaumau
    Get inside the mind of (possibly) the best trail/ultra runner in recent history (or all time, depending on your point of view). Inspirational stuff.
  • Northern Exile
    This could have been so much better, not at all what I expected.
  • jacdaw
    It's ok.
  • Cog Noscensme AHA
  • mascott514
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Run Wild
Boff Whalley


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4.1 stars
  • steve45
    One of my all time favourite running books-- it fits in with my personality and my feelings about commercial races. I found the whole book inspirational on many levels--and I loved Chumbawamba too!
  • jacdaw
  • kev-eats-owt
  • The Mighty Fleecy
    Loved this, Boff Whalley of Chumbawumba leaping round fells lyrically
  • sinj999
    A bit heavy on the anti-commercial races, but a good read otherwise. Did someone mention New York? Has left me looking for any fells around the Home counties...:)
  • Mr J
  • Northern Exile
    Boff is a great fell runner and musician, but he fails here. Focuses way too much on the negativity of road marathons.
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Runner
Lizzy Hawker


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2.9 stars
  • mr d
    This is a great book, her first UTMB, becoming an elite athlete, attempting FKTs then in the last couple of chapters it's a bit weird. The editor should be fired.
  • oumaumau
    Interesting and very readable. Until the last few chapters, where it all goes a bit bonkers
  • stilldreaming
    Couldn't get into this book. Disappointing.
  • zuistu
    First half is very good , but about halfway through the writting gets a bit self conciously literary/mystic and it doesn't really work for me.
  • JRitchie
    It starts off great but disappoints towards the end. Worth it for the first 60pc of the book.
  • Sigh
    Really enjoyed it until the last few chapters when it goes into a bit of a tailspin.
  • flanker
    Tried to red it several times, but found the writing painfully poor and after the first coupe of chapters it got really boring. Disappointed as I'm a big Lizzy fan.
  • katypie
  • Northern Exile
    Did not like this book at all, overly feminist and wide of the mark.
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Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster
Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, Ray Moss


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2.3 stars
  • HappyG(rrr)
    A controversial training approach, that gained a bit of a following early 2000s. But don't knock it 'til you try it! I did try it and got a marathon PB, despite my running limited due to injury. :-) G
  • Velociraptor
    Has its place! Do not, however, be fooled into thinking that "run less" = "spend less time training", the cross-training is highly prescriptive, and the book is very Boston-centric.
  • snogard
  • Shortcut Cam
    Keep meaning to bin it but has some reference material I keep referring back to.
  • fetcheveryone
  • Angus Clydesdale
    If anyone wants my “as new” copy, fmail me.
  • Derby Tup
    Not for me
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Running and Stuff
James Adams


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4.8 stars
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Running Beyond Limits
Andrew Murray


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5.0 stars
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Running For My Life
Rachel Ann Cullen


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3.3 stars
  • Little Miss Happy
    One woman's journey through life and how running helped. Personal, engaging, easy to read.
  • panad
  • katypie
    I really didn’t Get on with this book.
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Running Free
Richard Askwith


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4.7 stars
  • jennywren
  • Northern Exile
    Excellent, enjoyed greatly.
  • steve45
  • jacdaw
  • kev-eats-owt
  • Captain S
    I found this book to be interesting and inspiring.
  • rhb
  • mr d
    I agree with Love Lettuce.
  • Love Lettuce
    Not quite as good as Feet in the Clouds but still very good. An antidote to training plans, it celebrates running 'naked', re-connecting with nature and finding pleasure in movement abnd the moment.
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Running Free Of Injuries
Paul Hobrough


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5.0 stars
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Running Hard
Steve Chilton


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3.0 stars
  • Northern Exile
    Better than his two previous offerings ("It's a Hill" and "The Round"), but still poorly written. Shame, because it's an interesting theme.
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Running My Life
Seb Coe


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3.0 stars
  • runnerbean
    I really enjoyed this. A light easy read.
  • Wriggling Snake
    Great Athlete, a complete tosser, buy from a charity shop.
  • Mr J
    A bit dull.
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Running the Himalayas
Richard and Adrian Crane


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5.0 stars
  • steve45
    Published in 1984, 2,000 miles with total ascent of 300,000 ft in the days when New Balance were "top"! Maybe a bit too much stuff about things other than running in it but I enjoyed it a lot.
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Running the Red Line
Julie Carter


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5.0 stars
  • Northern Exile
    Outstanding read, definitely one to seek out.
  • Rosehip
  • CumbrianExPat
    Brilliant book with references to places and people I know, this did help with relating to the text. Well worth a read.
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Running Up That Hill
Vassos Alexander


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4.0 stars
  • stilldreaming
    Easy read. Vassos writes about his ultra races, interspersed with interviews with other ultra runners.
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Running With The Kenyans
Adharanand Finn


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4.7 stars
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Shoe Dog
Phil Knight


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5.0 stars
  • katypie
    This is a long book. I must confess I listened to this on audible. Fascinating on many levels
  • Windsor Wool
    brilliant insights, I found it particularly interesting to learn a little about Bowerman. Really good.
  • Rascal
  • SailorSteve
    I loathe Nike and their unashamed support for drugs cheats. That said I thought this was a great read and a fascinating insight into a lost age.
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Staying The Course
Dick Beardsley


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5.0 stars
  • Trin
    Very interesting read. Dick was an amazing runner of his time, and is an amazing person who has had to fight his way through so much adversity.
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Staying The Distance
Rob Grillo


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5.0 stars
  • Northern Exile
    Like this a lot. If you're at all interested in the lore or running in Northern England, it's for you. Cracking read.
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Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Running
Richard Blagrove


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5.0 stars
  • Velociraptor
    Useful, sensible guide to supplementary training for runners.
  • SPR
    Best strength training book I've seen for endurance runners. Until this book was written, it was necessary IMO to buy strength training specific books if you wanted to do useful strength training.
  • puzzler
    Comprehensive with good pictures to understand the exercises
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Swim Bike Run
Alistair and Jonathon Brownlee


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3.6 stars
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Swim Smooth
P Newsome, A Young


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4.6 stars
  • snogard
  • jacdaw
  • Raemond
    I finally understand and mastered bilateral breathing!
  • Northern Exile
  • Angus Clydesdale
    Comprehensive guide to swimming front crawl, aimed squarely at triathletes. Nothing new, but Newsome does a good job of explaining. I’m not a fan of his pigeon-holing swimmer types. Overall I like it.
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Swim Workouts for Triathletes
Gale Bernhardt & Nick Hansen


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5.0 stars
  • Angus Clydesdale
    These are excellent, well-balanced workouts which are easy to include in a training plan. Printed on waterproof paper too, so easy to take to the pool.
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Swimhiking in the Lake District and North East England
Peter Hayes


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5.0 stars
  • Northern Exile
    Engaging and very funny book about Peter's swim/run antics. It's where the Frog Graham Round is defined. Oh, and I get a mention .... :-)
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Swimming Fastest
Ernest W Maglischo


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4.0 stars
  • Angus Clydesdale
    It’s one of my go-to references and is one of the foundations of modern swim coaching. Excellent technical “bible” for coaching swimming. Probably too technical unless you’re a qualified swim coach.
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Terry Fox His Story
Leslie Scrivener


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5.0 stars
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The Art of Running Faster
Julian Goater


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4.7 stars
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The Competitive Runner's Handbook
Bob Glover


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5.0 stars
  • Garfield
  • Oscar the grouch
    first running book I read and didn't let me down
  • ♪♫ Egnys ♪♫
    A great book which contains lots of training advice. It focuses on different abilities and on different lengths of race from 5k up to marathon. I found it invaluable in those early "improver" days.
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The Complete Book of Running
James F. Fixx


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5.0 stars
  • Strutbrother
    The first running book I ever read. Probably quite out of date in places now, but as it really inspired me in my early days as a runner it deserves 5 stars from me.
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The End of the World Running Club
Adrian J Walker


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4.3 stars
  • Garfield
  • steve45
    Plenty of tension in this book which kept the need for the pages to turn. Not what I expected when I bought it maybe, but an exciting surprise. I'd even read it again!
  • Rascal
    Not your average running book, but a decent read. A bleak look at a dystopian future where running can help you survive. Get those training miles in fetchies. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
  • fetcheveryone
    Quite good fun - and I'm sure I'm not alone in imagining that being able to run a few miles will give me an edge in a post-apocalyptic world.
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The Ghost Runner
Bill Jones


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4.7 stars
  • Garfield
  • Robsta
  • steve45
  • blindcider
    This book moved me in many ways. tragic story well written
  • Schnecke
    The often fascinating but ultimately tragic history of an obsessive man, fighting great hardship and a class system that was heavily stacked against him.
  • mr d
    Incredible and sometimes harrowing story.
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The Looniness of the Long Distance Runner
Russell Taylor


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4.0 stars
  • Helegant
  • Strutbrother
    Easy read and pretty funny in a laddish sort of way. Quite enjoyed it as a holiday book.
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The Mechanics of Sprinting and Hurdling
Ralph Mann


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5.0 stars
  • SPR
    Detailed analysis of sprinting and hurdling mechanics. One for those interested rather than a training/ learning manual.
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The Mountains are Calling: Running in the High Places of Scotland
Jonny Muir


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5.0 stars
  • Northern Exile
    Excellent, even though he blatantly plagarised the "Feet in the Clouds" format.
  • jacdaw
  • K5 Gus
    The author's quest to complete a Charlie Ramsay round - the Scottish version of Feet in the Clouds. Very readable with lots of anecdotes from the Scottish hill racing scene
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The pants of perspective
Anna McNuff


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4.8 stars
  • Nessie
    An account of Anna's 3000 mile run of the Te Araroa trail the length of New Zealand. Funny, warm and inspiring.
  • katypie
    Really liked this. Am reading 50 shades of the USA currently.
  • geordiesanta
    I struggled in places, probably Anna's writing style compared to Rosie Swale Pope but what a journey, another inspiring lady with balls of steel. A great account of an amazing achievement.
  • steve45
    Good reading throughout which I much preferred to Rosie Swale Pope's writing (just my opinion!). And a great personality too!
  • The Mighty Fleecy
    This was easy to read and funny
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The Perfect Distance
Pat Butcher


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5.0 stars
  • runnerbean
    The rivalry between Coe and Ovett. A really good read esp if you ‘picked’ sides back in the days they competed.
  • Garfield
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The Rise Of The Ultrarunner
Adharanand Finn


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5.0 stars
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The Round: In Bob Graham's Footsteps
Steve Chilton


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1.3 stars
  • SimonF
    The interviews are interesting. The rest of it just sucks all the joy out and completely misses all the reasons why people become so wrapped up in it.
  • Northern Exile
    Dreadful. If you want to know about the Bob Graham Round, read "Feet in The Clouds", this is just badly-written rubbish.
  • Captain S
    It's a bit boring really
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The Runner’s Handbook
Bob Glover


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5.0 stars
  • Velociraptor
    Old but still good!
  • Tikka
    First running book I ever bought as a beginner, and I still think it's the best running book I ever bought now that I'm no longer a beginner. Practical advice presented in a very readable format.
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The Running Man
Gilbert Tuhaboyne


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5.0 stars
  • runnerbean
    A book of courage and belief. This book changed me from the inside out.
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The Science of Running: How to Find Your Limit and Train to Maximize Your Performance
Steve Magness


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5.0 stars
  • SPR
    Great book for understanding how training works and then applying it. Especially useful if you don't follow a plan written by someone else and want to structure your own training.
  • Rosehip
    Can't fit the review I wanted to 200 chars. Initially needed A'level bio revision to get into it. Full of citations. V. useful for coaches but also for those plotting their own long-distance plans.
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The Secret Race
Tyler Hamilton


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5.0 stars
  • HowFar?
  • paul the builder
    Eye opening stuff from someone who was there, and has no obvious reason to lie now (compare and contrast with cyclists or journalists of your choice...)
  • Velociraptor
    A highly absorbing tale of skulduggery and retribution in the professional peloton by someone who was in the middle of it.
  • Kazzaf
  • Tikka
    I really loved this. A very believable account from Tyler which left me with a greater understanding of why he (and others) felt they had no choice but to play the game.
  • Nilz
    A tale about cycling's dark side.
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The Swimming Drill Book
Ruben Guzman


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5.0 stars
  • Angus Clydesdale
    An excellent resource for adding variety to your swim workouts.
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The Tao Of Running
Gary Dudney


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4.0 stars
  • mr d
    Lots of tales from the authors attempts at US ultras and a look and the mental side of running. I liked it, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea.
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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
The Oatmeal


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5.0 stars
  • fetcheveryone
    The funniest running book I have ever read.
  • jennywren
  • StuH
  • mascott514
    My 11 year old has no interest in running, nor reading really. He's pinched it! and is laughing from his bedroom! Only David Walliams has achieved this. I have had a look-- its strange!
  • Raemond
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The Triathlete's Training Bible
Joe Friel


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5.0 stars
  • Sweetie
    This is a hefty book which covers everything. I refer back to it regularly.
  • panad
  • Angus Clydesdale
    I bought the 2nd Edition a very long time ago and it remains a pillar of my coaching/planning. Apparently the new 4th Edition is the best ever.
  • Dibble
    I'm a duathlete, not a triathlete but I still found (the non-swimmy bits) of the previous edition really useful
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The way of the runner
Adharanand Finn


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4.9 stars
  • katypie
    Loved this
  • Garfield
  • Albert O Balsam
    This is great - knew nothing about Japanese running, certainly opens the eyes.
  • Northern Exile
    Very enjoyable, Finn is an outstanding writer.
  • Love Lettuce
    I loved this book. It taught me about a running culture I know nothing about and made me think about the psychology of running.
  • Running sim
    Possibly my favourite of Finn’s book so far!
  • Captain S
    Fascinating insight into a running sport that I didn't know anything about with a slightly bitter-sweet ending I thought.
  • SailorSteve
    Finn’s best in my opinion. Great insights into a world I knew very little about and now follow with interest.
  • mascott514
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There is no Map In Hell
Steve Birkinshaw


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4.4 stars
  • rhb
  • SimonF
    Very honest and really interesting.
  • phal
    Loved it. 😍
  • Dave A
    Probably the most inspiring fell running book I’ve read. Fantastic.
  • mr d
    Intricate detail on his Wainright record attempt.
  • writetrack
    Couldn't put it down!
  • Rosehip
    Took me a while to get into this and I dipped in and out but once I did I couldn't put it down.
  • Northern Exile
    Not what I expected. Good account of a phenomenal journey though.
  • jacdaw
    Possibly one of the dullest books I have ever read...
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Today we die a little - The rise and fall of Emil Zatopek
Richard Askwith


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4.8 stars
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Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier
Terry Laughlin


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4.0 stars
  • Sweetie
    I couldn't swim, read this book and now I can! Big focus on becoming more efficient in the water.
  • Helegant
    Lots of useful hints. I'm using it as a 'dip in' book.
  • jacdaw
    Convincing... but ultimately the TI method is a dreadful blind alley. Avoid.
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Training Essentials for Ultrarunners
J Koop, J Rutberg


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5.0 stars
  • Velociraptor
    Probably the best ultramarathon training and racing guide out there at present, though Mr Koop's taste in race nutrition is a bit gruesome.
  • jacdaw
  • Rosehip
  • JoeCarr28
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Two Hours
Ed Caesar


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5.0 stars
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Ultramarathon Man
Dean Karnazes


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3.2 stars
  • Rascal
  • PeteFastFeet
  • _andy
    One of the books that inspired me to give ultras a go. Re-read a second time and still throughly enjoyed it. Yes, DK is full of himself, but it's still a great read.
  • Black Cat
  • Running sim
  • tonyp2604
  • oumaumau
    I almost guarantee 90% of runners who've entered an ultra since this was published, have only themselves and this book to blame. It's not great, but it is readable.
  • Rosehip
  • mascott514
  • gribb0
  • Velociraptor
    I get the impression that Mr Karnazes's ghostwriter didn't take to him.
  • paul the builder
    Just awful. Imagine the worst humblebraggy blog anywhere on the internet, in book form. That.
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Underwater Foraging - Freediving For Food
Ian Donald


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4.0 stars
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What I talk about when I talk about running
Haruki Murakami


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4.1 stars
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Why We Run: A Natural History
Bernd Heinrich


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5.0 stars
  • Binks
    Possibly my favourite running book. A decent US and zoologist looking at how animals such as birds, bees, frogs, antelopes deal with endurance. You will learn a lot from this book!
  • jacdaw
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Why We Run: A Story of Obsession
Robin Harvie


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3.7 stars
  • runnerbean
  • kev-eats-owt
  • Trin
  • katypie
  • SailorSteve
    Interesting personal journey. Well written climax. I enjoyed it.
  • _andy
    The weakest book on my shelf of running books. I even re-read it again recently, thinking it couldn't really have been that bad. But it was.
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Your pace or mine?
Lisa Jackson


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3.0 stars
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