Agree that Spirit of the Marathon DVD is great! I tired so hard to like Born to Run with all the buzz about it but I really did not like it. I could barely get myself to finish it which is very unusual for me with a book.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall. No other book will motivate you to run like this one, and it gives you every come back you could ever need when someone asks, "Isn't all that running bad for you?"
"If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?"
"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard everybody would do it. It's the hard that makes it great."
The Lola Papers by Amy Marxkors Sole Sisters by Jennifer Linn...have read both of these for my women's running book discussion group Anything by Dean Karnazes Anything by George Sheehan...hard to find, most out of print but amazing books. My fave is Running and Being Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi Running with Joy by Ryan Hall On Wings of Mercury by Lorraine Moller...I met Lorraine at and expo and go to try on her Olympic medal
Many other great ones too! I read a lot of running books!
In preparation for my first full marathon in less than two months (!), I've been reading books about running, not training books but books about the experiences of runners. So I'm curious--what are your favorite books about running?
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