Have you heard of the npr8? They’re a group of runners NPR is following as they train for the Boston Marathon. Watching their progress got me thinking about books for serious runners. Here are a few that come to mind:

  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, in which the author trains with the legendary long distance runners of Mexico’s Tarahumara tribe.
  • Jim Axelrod’s In The Long Run focuses on the circumstances that got the author to start running in the first place – a crossroads in his personal and professional life.
  • In The Lure Of Long Distances, Robin Harvie delivers a philosophical exploration of ultramarathoning.
  • And Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a memoir about training for the New York City Marathon and writing. As the Times puts it, “For Murakami, long-haul running is not just a metaphor for the loneliness of the long-distance novelist; it’s pretty well synonymous with it.

Any other suggestions?

Notes

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  11. djceebs answered: Eat To Live by Scott Jurek
  12. malloryrunsthis answered: I really enjoyed Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run as well!
  13. en-train-de answered: Eat & Run, by Scott Jurek. amazing man, amazing book.
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    I’m reading Born to Run of these right now. Running has changed my life and there’s nothing quite like it.
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