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Marathon & cross-country running

See below for a selection of the latest books from Marathon & cross-country running category. Presented with a red border are the Marathon & cross-country running books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Marathon & cross-country running books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Wild Running Britain's 200 Greatest Trail Runs

Wild Running Britain's 200 Greatest Trail Runs

Author: Jen Benson, Sim Benson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2019

Following the success of original Wild Running this new, completely rewritten edition provides the ultimate guide to the best wild trails in Britain. 50 of the original list have been retained with 150 new routes, picked for their fantastic terrain, sensational views and ease of navigation. Stunning photography and engaging writing chart the history of each run, route and landscape, making this a must-have guide for runners and explorers alike. The ultimate guide for the runner looking to break free from the gym and city. Includes sections on training, getting started, staying safe & racing.Graded from easy to challenging, including directions, terrain data and safety advice, with Ordnance Survey 1:250,000 route maps and downloadable 1:50,000 maps and GPX routes.

Outrunning the Demons Lives Transformed Through Running

Outrunning the Demons Lives Transformed Through Running

Author: Phil Hewitt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2019

RUNNING AWARDS 2019 - TOP BOOK Hope through running... Running can take us to fantastic places. Just as importantly, it can also bring us back from terrible ones. For people in times of crisis, trauma and physical or mental illness - when normality collapses - running can put things back together again. After bestselling author Phil Hewitt was viciously mugged, stabbed and left for dead in 2016, he found himself suffering the acute symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Unable to make sense of the horrific experience that had happened to him, Phil found that dedicating himself to running was slowly but surely helping him heal. Outrunning the Demons is an enriching and celebratory exploration of the transformative power of running - and how it can be the key to unlocking resilience we never knew we had. Told through 34 deeply affecting real-life stories and covering such diverse themes as trauma, bereavement, addiction, depression and anxiety, this compelling book is an exposition of just why running can so often be the answer to everything when we find ourselves in extremis.

Running Up That Hill The highs and lows of going that bit further

Running Up That Hill The highs and lows of going that bit further

Author: Vassos Alexander, Chrissie Wellington Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

SHORTLISTED FOR THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS HEALTH & FITNESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019 RUNNING AWARDS 2019 - TOP BOOK Running Up That Hill is a celebration of endurance running. Of running ridiculous distances - through cities, over mountains and across countries. Distances most people couldn't even imagine. But sports presenter Vassos Alexander is hooked! Why else would he run an ultra in Paris, backwards, having missed the start? Why head to Wales for the world's hardest mountain race with a badly sprained ankle? And why follow in some unforgiving, ancient footsteps and attempt the oldest and toughest footrace on earth, the 153-mile Spartathlon? There's joy to be found here. Really there is. Vassos recalls his own assaults on these gruelling races, along with ultra-running legends including Scott Jurek, Jasmin Paris, Kilian Jornet, Mimi Anderson and Dean Karnazes. They all testify to the transformative power of endurance running. It's about the astonishing highs that come from pushing your body to the limit. The confidence and peace when you challenge yourself and succeed. All told, this is a cracking tale of what keeps ultra-distance runners running, mile after mile after mile.

How Not to Run A Journey to the Roof of the World

How Not to Run A Journey to the Roof of the World

Author: Shauney Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2018

How Not To Run: A Journey to the Roof of the World is the story of a weekend runner who only ever wanted to keep fit to ride her horses with a little more finesse. Shauney always said she would never race. 'I just don't see the point. I don't think it would be for me,' she used to say. However, four and a half years later she found herself standing in the midst of the towering Himalayas, on the start line of the Everest Marathon, one of the toughest races anywhere in the world. With numerous 10Ks, half-marathons, full marathons, trail races and ultra-marathons already under her belt, the road from adamant non-racer to extreme long-distance runner had not been a smooth one - and was about to reach new heights of risk, danger and near disaster. Follow Shauney's journey over thousands of painful yet joyous miles, from some of the most beautiful, hidden parts of Scotland, via unforgettable, eye-watering races, all the way to the heights of the Himalayas - for the pinnacle of her racing and fundraising career so far.

The Mindful Runner Finding Your Inner Focus

The Mindful Runner Finding Your Inner Focus

Author: Gary Dudney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2018

Runners know there's a profound truth behind the old joke: Running is fifty percent physical and ninety percent mental. The Mindful Runner focuses on the mental side of running. It thoroughly explores the complex landscape of the runner's mind, offering fresh perspectives on how to get the most out of yourself while enjoying the journey along the way. Do you enjoy reading about running but think you've heard it all? Then this book will delight and surprise you. Full of great stories, it offers new ways to think about running. Running can be a transformative experience, or it can just be great exercise with a tidy bonus of enhanced self-esteem and self-awareness. Learn how to maximize your mental game out there to reach your goals; you`re guaranteed to gain a greater appreciation for the rewards and possibilities inherent in running. The Mindful Runner builds on the author's first running book, The Tao of Running, but broadens the focus to all runners going any distance, ensuring that you're covered with advice on mental strategies that apply in any running situation

Run Like Duck

Run Like Duck

Author: Mark Atkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2018

A guide to running for the unathletic, told by a man who fell into the sport almost by accident. Progressing cautiously on a reluctant and unexpected journey to 100 Marathons (and beyond), he learned the hard way from years of getting it wrong. Unlikely to break any records or become a national figure for the standards he sets, he nonetheless has enhanced his life and fitness, taking his long-suffering family along with him. In this witty account, he writes about his unsteady progress while knocking the stuffing out of running pomposity.

Hansons First Marathon Step Up to 26.2 the Hansons Way

Hansons First Marathon Step Up to 26.2 the Hansons Way

Author: Luke Humphrey, Keith and Kevin Hanson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

With the right training, anyone can finish a marathon! Hansons First Marathon, from one of America's most successful marathon training groups, offers a smart, friendly guide to preparing for your first marathon. With their proven method, the coaches of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project will show you how to break down the 26.2 miles into achievable daily workouts. By race day, you'll feel strong and confident of a race experience you'll be proud of. The Hansons-Brooks Distance Project has an amazing track record of turning normal runners into marathoners through their acclaimed Hansons Marathon Method. Now they have made the marathon not just something to check off your bucket list, but also an enjoyable, inspiring, and life-changing experience. Hansons First Marathon is for anyone who has decided to step up to the marathon. Whether you're a totally new runner who has never run a race, a recreational runner who enjoys occasional races, or even a competitive runner who is ready to go all the way-you'll find the right marathon training schedule for you in Hansons First Marathon. Author and coach Luke Humphrey starts you off on the right foot with a simple survey about your running experience, race goals, and your natural strengths and weaknesses. Then he guides you to the right plan to prepare you for the miles ahead. Hansons First Marathon covers everything you need to know: * Finding your foot type and a good shoe for marathon training * The types of workouts and how (and why) to do them * Choosing your race wisely * Training around travel, illness, and navigating injuries * How to stretch and strength train for marathon * Ways to recover from daily runs and after your race * Science-based nutrition and hydration guidelines for workouts and race day * What to do differently during the crucial final 6 weeks before your race * How to get to the start line feeling confident, stress-free, and ready * Setting an ideal marathon race strategy that puts you in control Marathons are an exciting, rewarding challenge for runners of all abilities, but how you get to the start line matters as much as how you finish. Choose Hansons First Marathon to start your marathon adventure and you'll set yourself up for success.

The Trail Running Guidebook For All Trail Runners Who Want to Perform Wilder

The Trail Running Guidebook For All Trail Runners Who Want to Perform Wilder

Author: Hanny Allston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

Fastpacking Multi-day running adventures: tips, stories and route ideas

Fastpacking Multi-day running adventures: tips, stories and route ideas

Author: Lily Dyu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2018

Guidebook to fastpacking - multi-day running trips carrying the bare essentials - in the UK, Europe and beyond. Includes 12 route ideas (all tried and tested), fastpacking stories from around the world (featuring Jez Bragg, Anna Frost and Jasmin Paris), and invaluable tips and tricks to help you prepare for your own running adventure. A summary of each route idea is provided, together with mapping and a gradient profile, as well as highlights, tips and 'tales from the trail'. Invaluable practical information is also included, covering everything you need to know to prepare and plan for a trip: training, accommodation options, safety, equipment, apparel, nutrition, hydration and more. The route ideas and stories featured showcase an impressive range of fastpacking opportunities, both in the UK and abroad. From mountain hut hopping trips, bothy discovery tours and wild camping expeditions, the inspirational tales and selected trails are guaranteed to entice 'everyday' runners to try their hand at a multi-day journey, be it in the Brecon Beacons, Bhutan or beyond.

Running Past Fifty Advice and Inspiration for Senior Runners

Running Past Fifty Advice and Inspiration for Senior Runners

Author: Gail Waesche Kislevitz, Amby Burfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2018

Baby boomer may be slower than they once were, but they show no signs of slowing down. Inspiring and insightful, here is the perfect read for every one of them. Lifelong runner Gail Waesche Kislevitz provides tips and motivation from 36 runners aged fifty or older. Running brings joy and health benefits to all participants, especially those of the baby boomer generation. But when legs get sore, joints feel achy, and old age creeps up, sometimes senior runners need a little extra motivation to get out of the door and on the road. Presenting time-tested recommendations, Kislevitz interviews some of the nation's greatest senior runners. Included here are exclusive interviews with greats such as Ed Whitlock, who, at the age of eighty-five, set an age-division world record of 3:56 in the marathon; Bill Rodgers, winner of four Boston Marathons and four New York City Marathons; George Hirsch, chairman of New York Road Runners; Olympian and author Jeff Galloway; world record holder Sid Howard; and runner and women's pioneer runner and advocate Kathrine Switzer And legendary runners aren't the only ones running well into seniority. Kislevitz also offers motivational stories from average runners who hit the pavement frequently and refuse to let their age stop them from competing regularly. All the inspirational runners chronicled in this book have completely different stories and personalities, and yet we all share much. We also like to hang out together to talk about our training, our racing, our challenges, our sore muscles, and our future goals. -Amby Burfoot from his Foreword

The World Marathon Book

The World Marathon Book

Author: Wild Bunch Media Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

The World Marathon Book celebrates the runners who conquer the legendary 26.2 miles, and the races they take part in, detailing their illustrious histories and greatest moments. It explores both the famed city-based marathons like London, Paris and New York as well as the more adventurous races like the Marathon du Medoc - a must for anyone who prefers a glass of wine to than a Lucozade while racing - or the Great Wall Marathon in China for those who prefer a further challenge. With inspiring photography, fantastic personal stories and essential infographic elements, this is the book for anyone who has ever taken on, or wishes to take on, the 26.2 miles.