16 Great Running Books to Inspire Your Training (3 of 4)

9.)  The Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide to Marathon & Half-Marathon Training: Tips, Tools, and Training to Get You from Sign-Up to Finish Line

by Mario Fraioli  (Author), Kara Goucher (Foreword)

RnRTrainingPublisher’s Overview:

Rock your run with The Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide to Marathon and Half-Marathon Training! This practical, encouraging guide makes preparing for marathon and half-marathon as rewarding as race day. With coaching advice, running workouts, and training programs from Coach Mario Fraioli, you’ll enjoy training and cross the finish line feeling great.

Coach Mario will guide you from sign-up to finish line. With his expert advice, you’ll choose your race, set your goals, select the right gear, and move swiftly through a beginner or experienced marathon or half-marathon training program.

Fraioli covers all of running’s most important topics: dynamic warm-up exercises, smart and realistic workouts, healthy sports nutrition and hydration guidelines, tips for quick and complete recovery, strength training and crosstraining, advice to treat common running injuries, and strategies for race week and race day. He offers useful tools like running pace charts, a sweat loss calculator, and a preview of each Rock ‘n’ Roll race course.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon series is the world’s most popular running series because each race is a fun and feel-good challenge. Now with the Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide, you’ll be ready to rock your marathon or half-marathon.

 

10.)  The Cool Impossible: The Running Coach from Born to Run Shows How to Get the Most from Your Miles—and from Yourself

by Eric Orton  (Author)

CoolImpossiblePublisher’s Overview:

Natural running is more than barefoot running. It’s about the joy of running that we were all born with and can reawaken. With a program focused on proper form, strength development, and cardiovascular training, Orton will help beginners, competitors, and enduring veterans reach “the cool impossible”—the belief that any achievement, athletic or otherwise, is within our reach. Inside you’ll find:

* Foot strength exercises for runners to catapult performance, combat injuries, and transform technique
* A total-body-strength program designed for runners
* Step-by-step run-form coaching for performance and lifelong healthy running
* A training program for building endurance, strength, and speed
* No-nonsense nutrition for runners
* Visualization and mind-training tactics to run and live the Cool Impossible
* And much more…

ATHLETICISM IS AWARENESS—awareness of form and technique, awareness of our effort level, and, most important, awareness of what we think. And with that awareness comes the endless potential for mastery and achievement beyond anything you thought possible.

 

11.) Half-Marathon: A Complete Guide for Women

by Jeff Galloway  (Author), Barbara Galloway  (Author)

HalfGuideForWomenPublisher’s Overview:

Author of the best-seller Marathon You Can Do It!, Galloway now offers together with his wife a state-of-the-art book on the highly popular half-marathon distance especially for women. Jeff’s trademarked run-walk-run method has helped hundreds of thousands of average people to get off the couch, train for marathons and half-marathons without injury and has helped veterans to improve times. This book offers a step-by-step program for women that starts with setting up your training each week.

Jeff and Barbara will show you how to select a realistic goal, and which workouts are needed to prepare for various performances. The book is loaded with tips especially for women on how to stay motivated, eliminate aches, pains, and injuries, with the minimum training needed to enjoy other aspects of life.

 

12.) The Little Red Book of Running (Little Red Books)

by Scott Douglas  (Author), Amby Burfoot (Foreword)

LittleRedBookPublisher’s Overview:

Scott Douglas offers the advice he’s gleaned from three decades of running, from twenty years as a running writer, and from the deep connections he’s made with top runners and coaches around the country and around the world. The 250 tips offered here are the next best thing to having a personal coach or an experienced running partner. Douglas includes tips for increasing your daily, weekly, and yearly mileage; advice on increasing your speed and racing faster; useful knowledge on how to stay injury-free and be a healthy runner; and much more.

The range of tips means there’s something for any runner—someone looking to start running to get in shape, a competitive high school or college runner, an athlete looking to move into running, or an experienced runner looking to improve his or her time in an up- coming marathon. You have the questions: What running apparel is best? What kind of gear do you need to run in the rain or snow? How do you find time in a busy schedule to run? How can you set and achieve meaningful goals? Douglas has the answers.

In a hardcover edition handsome enough to give as a gift, The Little Red Book of Running is more than a handbook—it’s a runner’s new best friend.

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