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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!

Boston Marathon How To Qualify

Boston Marathon How To Qualify

Author: Jeff Galloway Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2018

With the Galloway program, it's possible to be in the best shape of your life and still have energy to enjoy family and career. The highly successful training schedules include all the elements needed to qualify based on the Boston Marathon standards. Train using Galloway's successful Run Walk Run (R) Method to achieve maximum performance without risking injury. Galloway's magic mile gives a reality check on progress and sets realistic pacing goals for long runs and the race itself. With Galloway's training expertise, you will be ready to compete at your best on race day. This new edition includes up-to-date information on the Boston Marathon.

Courage to Tri A Motivational How-To for Women

Courage to Tri A Motivational How-To for Women

Author: Bethany Rutledge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

Have you dreamed of crossing a finish line but felt like you had no idea how to get from where you are now to the starting line? Whether it's a 5K, triathlon, or some other starting line, this book is here to give you all the insights you need to make it to your first race. Even if you've never done anything athletic in your entire life, completing a triathlon is ultimately up to your willingness to dedicate the time and put in the effort to try. This book is also full of stories from women who will inspire and motivate you. These women not only successfully completed a race, they found new confidence and overcame unhealthy lifestyle choices. Meant for each and every woman-whether you're fit or a self-proclaimed couch potato-this book is the perfect guide to successfully a triathlon with just a few months of effort and dedication. After a life-changing experience, the author went from a career-driven woman to a triathlon enthusiast. She shares her own story as well as those of the women she interviewed for this book. After reading Courage to Tri, you'll be inspired to sign up for your first race as well as given the tools to actually conquer it

Die Another Day

Die Another Day

Author: Craig Horton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2018

April 2017. The Sahara Desert. Nightfall. I've been running for nine hours straight. By myself. Over desert mountains. Behind me are hundreds of other runners, also doing their best to get to the finish line. I'm taking part in the world's toughest foot race, called the Marathon Des Sables in Morocco. And having run through the baking 50-degree Celsius (130-degree Fahrenheit) heat of the daytime, the temperature isn't the only thing that's beginning to drop. So too is my ability to keep going, which is beginning to sap. It's a horrible feeling. Having spent the past 18 months dragging myself out of the depths of stress-induced excessive drinking and an unhealthy lifestyle, I can't understand why I'm beginning to flag. I'd started to control the drinking. I'd moved from the UK to Amsterdam to start again in a new job role. I'd done all the training to get here. I should be in fine physical shape. Yet I'm not. My legs are getting heavier and heavier. How? I'd just been trained by an elite running coach. I'd been in the shape of my life. Through running, I'd overcome potentiality life-wrecking professional wounds, personal wounds following a divorce from my ex-wife. More importantly, I'd survived a heart attack and come back stronger. I'd died while out running. By the time the ambulance had arrived, I'd stopped breathing. I'd died, yet I'd come back to life. I'd mended a broken heart in more ways than one. But now, here I am in The Sahara, plagued by the knowledge that if I were to die during this race, I certainly wouldn't be the first person to do so. Others had perished trying to finish this race over the years. Yet on the heart-rate monitor on my watch, my heartbeat seems perfectly regular. So what on Earth is happening to me? I grind to a walk and begin to vomit. Hmm. That's interesting. When was the last time I actually ate? I can't remember. I try to drink some water that I'm carrying with me, but I can't keep it down now. I can't stop retching. Before long, I've made it to an aid station along the route in the desert, manned by the event's doctors. I lie down in a heap. I'm thinking of my two beautiful daughters now. Kirstin, my soon-to-be-wife. Thoughts of my mum, who I'd become closer with again, closer than ever, in fact. I'd promised them I wouldn't die, that I'd make it, that I'd survive against their better judgement. Countless people who knew the real Craig were worried about how this event would play out for me. Until I'd started training for the Marathon Des Sables, drinking too much coupled with an unhealthy lifestyle had dominated my life. In my late teens, I'd often drunk far too much, ending up in police cells. I'd say things like, Who cares if I die - I've already lived the life of two men!

The Holy Trail 12 Legendary Trails You Should Run

The Holy Trail 12 Legendary Trails You Should Run

Author: Rik Merchie Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2018

For those willing to go to the edge, for those who love to run close to the sky, here are some of the world's most challenging and beautiful running trails and races. Twelve trails are covered in depth, and many more are included. From Norway to South Africa, Hong Kong to Colorado, and Switzerland to Columbia, these profiles are accompanied by travel information, as well as stories from those with experience on these trails, whether talking about the music they run to, or the good will shared among fellow runners.

Run Forever

Run Forever

Author: Amby Burfoot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

In Run Forever, Boston Marathon winner and former Runner's World editor-in-chief Amby Burfoot shares practical advice and wisdom on how to run with greater joy and health for an entire lifetime. Everyone learns how to run at an early age. It's naturally wired into your body. Yet in recent years, running has become complicated by trendy gadgets and doctrine. With a Boston Marathon win and over 100,000 miles run on his resume, Amby Burfoot steers the sport back to its simple roots in Run Forever. From a warm and welcoming perspective, Burfoot provides clear, actionable guidance to runners of every age and ability level. Whether you are a beginner runner or experienced marathoner, Run Forever will show you how to motivate yourself, avoid injuries, increase speed and endurance, and reach your goals. Best of all, you'll enjoy optimal health throughout your life.

Runner A short story about a long run

Runner A short story about a long run

Author: Lizzy Hawker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2018

This is the complete story of long-distance runner Lizzy Hawker's journey from a school girl running the streets of London to a world record-breaking athlete racing on mountains. Scared witless and surrounded by a sea of people, Lizzy Hawker stands in the church square at the centre of Chamonix on a late August evening, waiting for the start of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. The mountains towering over the pack of runners promise a gruelling 8,600 metres of ascent and descent over 158 kilometres of challenging terrain that will test the feet, legs, heart and mind. These nervous moments before the race signal not just the beginning of nearly twenty-seven hours of effort that saw Lizzy finish as first woman, but the start of the career of one of Britain's most successful endurance athletes. She went on to become the 100km Women's World Champion, win the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc an unprecedented five times, hold the world record for 24 hours road running and become the first woman to stand on the overall winners' podium at Spartathlon. An innate endurance and natural affinity with the mountains has led Lizzy to push herself to the absolute limits, including a staggering 320 kilometre run through the Himalayas, from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu in Nepal. Lizzy's remarkable spirit was recognised in 2013 when she was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. These ultimate challenges ask not just what the feet and legs can do, but question the inner thoughts and contemplations of a runner. Lizzy's astonishing story uncovers the physical, mental and emotional challenges that runners go through at the edge of human endurance - inspiring us to get out of the chair and go running in the mountains.

The Way of the Runner A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running

The Way of the Runner A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running

Author: Adharanand Finn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2018

Ultramarathon Mom From the Sahara to the Arctic

Ultramarathon Mom From the Sahara to the Arctic

Author: Holly Zimmermann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

With condemning, yet humorous, comments, Holly Zimmermann, mother of four young children, endeavors to take on some of the world's most difficult and dangerous foot races. A grueling 257-kilometer ultramarathon through the Sahara Desert, written in a daily journal-style format, is the core of the story. Interspersed between the adventures in the Sahara, Holly recalls other races, including when two bombs went off before her eyes at the Boston Marathon. After the Sahara Desert, the setting for her next challenge shifted to the opposite extreme: Greenland, for the Polar Circle Marathon. What makes this book distinctive are the Forrest-Gump-like happenstances which occur throughout, brought in as flashbacks. A colorful cast of characters as training partners include the world champion of ultradistance cycling as well as the grandson of Italian fashion icon Salvatore Ferragamo. Training, planning, and gear for ultramarathons as well as nutritional tips for fueling the body are also described, always with a touch of sarcastic humor. Ultramarathon Mom: From the Sahara to the Arctic tells a unique story and delivers an impactful message: Live your dreams.

Fifty Places to Run Before You Die Running Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations

Fifty Places to Run Before You Die Running Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations

Author: Chris Santella, Thom Gilligan Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Fifty Places to Run Before You Die is a beautifully illustrated collection of the most exhilarating running courses in the world. Featuring a balance of popular races (marathons, 10Ks, and endurance runs) and scenic trails off the beaten path, as well as interviews with accomplished runners and leaders of respected running organizations, this book divulges the details that make each venue unique-and plenty of tips for those who aspire to run there. Readers will discover events and courses both national and international, including the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc in France, the New York City Marathon, the Vancouver Sun Run, the Grand Canyon, the Dolomites in Italy, and the Great Ocean Road Marathon in Australia. Fifty Places to Run Before You Die is an essential travel companion for runners of all levels seeking to conquer new terrain while breaking personal records.

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.