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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!

This Girl Ran Tales of a Party Girl Turned Triathlete

This Girl Ran Tales of a Party Girl Turned Triathlete

Author: Helen Croydon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2018 If you had told Helen two years ago that she would be getting up at 6 a.m. on Sundays to swim in a freezing reservoir and spending her Saturday nights unshowered and covered in mud in a pub, she would have spat out her champagne. But when everyone around you starts settling down, what else is a glamorous party girl to do but to launch herself into the world of endurance sport? For someone who didn't even own a pair of flat shoes (and definitely no waterproofs), Helen would soon find she had a lot to learn. Join Helen on her hilarious and soul-searching journey as she swaps a life of cocktail bars and dating for the challenges and exhilaration of triathlons, trail runs, obstacle races, long-distance cycles and ocean swims... and sets herself the seemingly impossible goal of qualifying as a Team GB triathlete.

The Road to Sparta Reliving the Epic Run that Inspired the World's Greatest Foot Race

The Road to Sparta Reliving the Epic Run that Inspired the World's Greatest Foot Race

Author: Dean (Author) Karnazes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2018

In 490 BCE Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion. He was hailed as a hero and his run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in history. Dean Karnazes honours this achievement and his own Greek heritage by attempting this ancient journey in modern times. His account of running the gruelling Spartathlon, fuelled only by the figs, olives and meats available to Pheidippides, will captivate even the most sedentary readers.

The 30-Minute Runner Smart Training for Busy Beginners

The 30-Minute Runner Smart Training for Busy Beginners

Author: Duncan Larkin, Dr. Mike Moreno Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2018

The 30-Minute Runner takes a simplified approach to training, which is to break down everything into one thirty-minute session per day, a manageable segment for first-time runners and those who may be in decent shape but lead incredibly busy lives. Everything in the book, including training schedules, techniques, and tips, is put forth purely in terms of minutes spent running, without any goal paces to worry about, mileage to keep track of, or anything to measure other than time spent out on the roads and trails. The book focuses on how to maximize those thirty critical minutes in order to achieve two primary goals: shedding extra pounds and completing a 5K race. Author Duncan Larkin, a certified Army Master Fitness Trainer, also covers topics like running for new moms, single-parent training, how to prepare to run your first race, race-day tips, how to train while on business travel, and taking it to the next level, running forty-five and sixty minutes a day (10K and half-marathon schedules). In addition to the running-based guidelines, The 30-Minute Runner also offers nutritional advice and core exercises that complement the thirty-minute runs.

Running Out Of Gas A Life Long Runner's Take On Slowing Down

Running Out Of Gas A Life Long Runner's Take On Slowing Down

Author: Scott Ludwig Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2018

It's inevitable that all runners who have been pounding the pavement for a very long time will eventually slow down. Having run every day since November 30, 1978, Scott Ludwig certainly falls into this category. Considering that he can no longer run a single mile in the pace he ran 26 of them when he set his first marathon best many years ago, Ludwig finds he is ready to accept the reality of slowing down with age. Now that he has entered the ranks of the grizzled veterans, he seeks to offer runners all the wisdom and insight he gained from his many years-and miles-on the roads and trails. A do as I say, not as I do runner, Ludwig has compiled his advice for runners who find they may not run quite as fast as they used to in Running Out of Gas, a humorous take on aging gracefully. Relating his own personal running anecdotes, Ludwig prepares runners for what's to come, while sharing a few laughs along the way. Runners of all ages and mileage will enjoy Scott Ludwig's Running Out of Gas.

Running Rewired Reinvent Your Run for Stability, Strength, and Speed

Running Rewired Reinvent Your Run for Stability, Strength, and Speed

Author: Jay Dicharry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2017

In Running Rewired, America's leading endurance sports physical therapist and coach shares a program for runners to become stronger, faster, and more durable. Jay Dicharry distills cutting-edge biomechanical research into 15 workouts any runner can slot into their training program to begin seeing real results in about 6 weeks. For better or worse, your body drives your running form.Running Rewired will show you how to shed old injuries, mobility problems, weaknesses and imbalances and rewire your body-brain movement patterns. You'll rebuild your movement and transform your running within one season. Through his work with athletes at REP Lab and top university sports performance clinics, Dicharry has found that strength training alone is inadequate for runners. To develop the four essential movement skills required for faster, safer running, runners must practice better movement as they build strength. In Running Rewired, you'll use * 11 self-tests for joint mobility, posture stability, rotation, and alignment * 83 exercises to fix blocks, move with precision, build strength, and improve power * 15 rewire workouts to amplify any training plan from 5K to ultramarathon Dicharry's Running Rewired combines the best of real-world coaching and a physical therapy approach to strength and mobility for better running. You'll find your personal best running form and become a faster, more durable runner.

Run Strong, Stay Hungry 9 Keys to Staying in the Race

Run Strong, Stay Hungry 9 Keys to Staying in the Race

Author: Jonathan Beverly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2017

In Run Strong, Stay Hungry, running journalist Jonathan Beverly reveals the secrets of veteran racers who are still racing fast and loving the sport decades after they got their start. Beverly collects the habits and mindsets of more than 50 runners including Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Deena Kastor, Benji Durden, Colleen De Reuck, Dave Dunham, Kathrine Switzer, and Roger Robinson. Run Strong, Stay Hungry shares 9 keys from these veteran racers that let them keep running strong and staying hungry for competition. Are they biomechanically gifted? Stubborn? Simply lucky to have avoided injury? Turns out, there's a lot more to it. In his comprehensive research, Beverly discovers that these runners all share specific perspectives and habits that allow them to adapt to changing life circumstances, accept declining abilities, and rebound from setbacks. These keys not only keep them on their feet, but also allow them to continue to draw the same enjoyment from the sport whether they are winning championships or finishing in the middle of the pack, cranking out 100-mile weeks and doing blazing speed work on the track, or squeezing in just enough miles into a busy schedule to simply feel fit and fast and occasionally test that fitness in a race. Beverly interviews over 50 runners including Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Deena Kastor, Benji Durden, Colleen De Reuck, Dave Dunham, Kathrine Switzer, and Roger Robinson. From training methods to mental attitudes to finding community among their fellow runners, there are specific keys that help these masters runners to adapt, accept, and rebound from the hurdles that life and aging put in their path. By adopting the practices of these lifetime competitors, you too can enjoy a lifelong, healthy running career as well as boost your enjoyment of running and your racing performance.

Wrong Side of the Road

Wrong Side of the Road

Author: Sam Boatwright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2017

Sam Boatwright is an ordinary bloke. He does have limitations. The difference between him and everyone else? He doesn't seem to have found his limitations - yet. In 2012, Sam ran around the whole of the UK, battling through 50 miles each day for 50 days in a row. This was unbelievable, however, over this past summer Sam pushed his body even further by completing the seemingly impossible `Epic Adventure'. Sam cycled and ran from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States of America in 32 days. `Wrong Side of the Road' tells the heartfelt and gruelling tale of the fallout after the `Epic Run' and the subsequent awe-inspiring achievement of spanning the US completely self-propelled. If you are searching for the answer to the question - How? - this book is the answer.

Scottish Trail Running 70 Great Runs

Scottish Trail Running 70 Great Runs

Author: Susie Allison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2017

70 routes for the off-road runner, these tried and tested paths and tracks cover the whole of Scotland, including the islands. The selected routes come highly recommended by local runners and include many of Scotland's most enjoyable and runnable paths. This guide takes runners on a journey of discovery that starts in suburbia and crosses every kind of runnable terrain to reach remote glens and far-flung islands. Short, simple circuits close to town will suit beginners while ultra marathons through Scotland's wildest mountains will test even the most experienced runner. The runs are graded to help progressive development of the skills and confidence needed to tackle more challenging routes. Growing numbers of runners are turning to trail running; getting away from the traffic and knee pounding tarmac and enjoying the variety of rich experiences that can be gained on paths and tracks. Moving fast and light through scenic countryside is what trail running is all about. Leafy woodland, lazily meandering riverbanks, dramatic sea-cliffs, remote mountain passes: these are all more enjoyable places to run than crowded city pavements or suburban street mazes.

Running: Cheaper Than Therapy A Celebration of Running

Running: Cheaper Than Therapy A Celebration of Running

Author: Chas Newkey-Burden Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/11/2017

Running: Cheaper than Therapy is a witty and expertly compiled compendium of running wisdom and humour. From a short jog that lifts your mood to the closing stages of a marathon when you feel physically exhausted but emotionally invincible all at once, running delivers every time. Running: Cheaper Than Therapy is a celebration of the pastime that always makes you feel better. Covering every aspect of running life from jogging etiquette and the things we both love/hate about it, through to the weirdest and wonderful marathons around the world. Also included are the funniest spectator signs ever, cool advice that could improve your PB and brilliantly insightful running philosophies. Complete with guest contributions from parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt, political strategist Alastair Campbell, Olympian Liz Yelling and comedian David Baddiel, this brilliantly knowing compendium will be appreciated by joggers, triathletes and runners who know the joy of putting on a pair of trainers and getting out there.

Bricklayer Bill The Untold Story of the Workingman's Boston Marathon

Bricklayer Bill The Untold Story of the Workingman's Boston Marathon

Author: Patrick L. Kennedy, Lawrence W. Kennedy, Bill Rodgers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2017

Two weeks after the United States officially entered World War I, Irish American Bricklayer Bill Kennedy won the Boston Marathon wearing his stars-and-stripes bandana, rallying the crowd of patriotic spectators. Kennedy became an American hero and, with outrageous stories of his riding the rails and sleeping on pool tables, a racing legend whose name has since appeared in almost every book written on the Boston Marathon. When journalist Patrick Kennedy and historian Lawrence Kennedy unearthed their uncle's unpublished memoir, they discovered a colorful character who lived a tumultuous life, beyond his multiple marathons. The bricklayer survived typhoid fever, a five-story fall, auto and train accidents, World War action, Depression-era bankruptcy, decades of back-breaking work, and his own tendency to tipple. In many ways, Bill typified the colorful, newly emerging culture and working-class ethic of competitive long-distance running before it became a professionalized sport. Bricklayer Bill takes us back to another time, when bricklayers, plumbers, and printers could take the stage as star athletes.

Bricklayer Bill The Untold Story of the Workingman's Boston Marathon

Bricklayer Bill The Untold Story of the Workingman's Boston Marathon

Author: Patrick L. Kennedy, Lawrence W. Kennedy, Bill Rodgers Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2017

Two weeks after the United States officially entered World War I, Irish American Bricklayer Bill Kennedy won the Boston Marathon wearing his stars-and-stripes bandana, rallying the crowd of patriotic spectators. Kennedy became an American hero and, with outrageous stories of his riding the rails and sleeping on pool tables, a racing legend whose name has since appeared in almost every book written on the Boston Marathon. When journalist Patrick Kennedy and historian Lawrence Kennedy unearthed their uncle's unpublished memoir, they discovered a colorful character who lived a tumultuous life, beyond his multiple marathons. The bricklayer survived typhoid fever, a five-story fall, auto and train accidents, World War action, Depression-era bankruptcy, decades of back-breaking work, and his own tendency to tipple. In many ways, Bill typified the colorful, newly emerging culture and working-class ethic of competitive long-distance running before it became a professionalized sport. Bricklayer Bill takes us back to another time, when bricklayers, plumbers, and printers could take the stage as star athletes.