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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!

The Marathon Runner

The Marathon Runner

Author: Jan Weeks, Paul Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

The Long Distance Runner's Guide to Injury Prevention and Treatment How to Avoid Common Problems and Deal with Them When They Happen

The Long Distance Runner's Guide to Injury Prevention and Treatment How to Avoid Common Problems and Deal with Them When They Happen

Author: Brian J. Krabak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2017

An indespensible safety guide for professional athletes, coaches, lifelong runners, and beginners. For any runner who loves hitting the pavement and conquering half-, full-, and ultra-marathons, getting injured is a terrifying, and often heartbreaking, setback. Yet, almost three-quarters of long distance runners will suffer from a serious injury several times in their athletic career. Although it may be impossible to completely avoid injury, The Long Distance Runner's Guide to Injury Prevention and Treatment is a vital source to help those who love to run understand some of the most common causes of injuries, and learn how to best avoid and treat athletic ailments. In this book, expert editors and long-time runners Brian Krabak and Grant Lipman combine valuable insights, tips, and tactics from more than a dozen medical professionals who specialize in treating endurance athletes. With chapters on important and diverse topics such as proper nutrition, muscular ailments, skeletal injuries, medical illnesses caused by racing and proper recovery, The Long Distance Runner's Guide to Injury Prevention and Treatment is a must-have on the shelf of every runner.

Run Smart Using Science to Improve Performance and Expose Marathon Running's Greatest Myths

Run Smart Using Science to Improve Performance and Expose Marathon Running's Greatest Myths

Author: Greg James, John Brewer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Renowned marathon expert and leading sports scientist Professor John Brewer reveals why many of the concepts surrounding marathon training and running are wrong - and suggests how the latest sports science research transforms the way marathons should be approached. Run Smart uses the latest scientific research to show how preparing for, and running, marathons can be made easier, and in doing so challenges many of the myths that surround marathon running. The book will draw on the author's experience as one of the UK's leading sports scientists, his extensive research background in marathon running, and his experience as a marathon runner, to provide credible advice to runners to support their preparation for a marathon. The book will challenge many current concepts, myths and ideas, and provide science-based alternatives in areas such as training and nutrition that will optimise and ease a runner's preparation for, and completion of, the 26.2 mile distance. This highly accessible book will use the latest scientific findings to support new runners training for their first marathon and help more experienced athletes improve and train smarter.

Beyond Impossible From Reluctant Runner to Guinness World Record Breaker

Beyond Impossible From Reluctant Runner to Guinness World Record Breaker

Author: Mimi Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2017

When Mimi first started jogging on a treadmill as an unfit 36-year-old mother-of-three, she never imagined she would go on to become a World-Record-breaking ultrarunner. After coming to terms with the anorexia that had impacted her life from a young age, Mimi begins to reassess her relationship with food and finds a new resolve in running. With a renewed sense of purpose, she decides to take the sport that saved her life to the next level, training hard and throwing herself in at the deep end by entering the epic Marathon des Sables in the Sahara desert, despite still being a novice runner. One startling success leads to another, as she finds herself taking on ever-more-challenging races - from the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, USA, to the 6633 Arctic Ultra - all building up to her biggest challenge yet: attempting to gain the Guinness World Record time for a female running 840 miles from John o'Groats to Land's End. This incredible story of how an ordinary mum ran her way into the record books will inspire beginner runners and die-hard marathon devotees alike, proving that, no matter where life takes you, it's never too late to achieve your dreams and do the impossible.

North Wales Trail Running 20 off-road routes for trail & fell runners

North Wales Trail Running 20 off-road routes for trail & fell runners

Author: Steve Franklin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Best Trail Runs Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs

Best Trail Runs Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs

Author: Adam Chase, Nancy Hobbs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2017

Best Trail Runs Denver and Boulder features forty of the best trail runs within an hour of both cities-complete with color photos, maps, and detailed specs and trail descriptions, as well as GPS coordinates for all trailheads. Sidebars throughout the book highlight useful information about local restaurants, lodging, entertainment, and other amenities, as well as information about local running clubs, outdoor retail shops, and more. More than just a where-to guidebook to the best trail runs in and around these urban areas, Best Trail Runs Denver and Boulder includes vital information on warm-up exercises for each area's specific terrain, as well as hazards in the area (and how to prepare for them), and the best seasons to run which trails. Full of inspirational photos throughout, this book also includes practical maps and must-see features along the way.

A Race Through the Greatest Running Stories

A Race Through the Greatest Running Stories

Author: Damian Hall Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2017

A jaunt through running's greatest moments, gripping endurance feats, inspired solo pursuits and a whole host of heroes, helions and legend-makers. From Paula Radcliffe's record-breaking marathon win to the birth of the gruelling Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, Kilian Jornet's tequila stop on his way to winning the Hardrock 100 to the Bangkok half-marathon U-turn that set runners on a much longer journey than expected, the Galloping Granny to Marathon Monks, running historian Damian Hall brings together some of the most incredible, iconic, and at times highly unusual moments from the world of running. With over 80 striking and unique illustrations by artist Daniel Seex, each inspired by the stories told, A Race Through the Greatest Running Stories is a sporting treasure trove of human virtue, vice and running trivia.

Runner's World Your Best Stride How to Optimize Your Natural Running Form to Run Easier, Farther, and Faster - With Fewer Injuries

Runner's World Your Best Stride How to Optimize Your Natural Running Form to Run Easier, Farther, and Faster - With Fewer Injuries

Author: Jonathan Beverly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2017

Most books on running form revolve around the premise that there is an ideal form all runners should try to achieve. These books explain how that form should look and how runners can work to emulate it as closely as possible. Research and experience show, however, that people can run effectively in a wide variety of patterns with some key universal elements. Unfortunately, the constraints of our modern lifestyles change how we move, limiting our range of motion and weakening key muscle groups. Runner's World Your Best Stride is designed to help runners counteract those forces and regain their own unique, powerful and effective stride that will carry them through endless, injury free miles. Building off of his viral Running Times article from April 2014, It's All in the Hips, author Jonathan Beverly details his search for common ground among physical therapists, podiatrists and coaches on which elements of running form are universal and how to improve them. For instance, he explores how footstrike is actually a by-product of the movement in your knees, torso and arms. Specific exercises show readers how to counteract tight muscles from excessive sitting, howto improve limited arm mobility from hunching over electronic devices, and ways to improve speed by lengthening your stride. All of this culminates in an approachable guide to human movement, and a practical tool for improvement.

Footnotes How Running Makes Us Human

Footnotes How Running Makes Us Human

Author: Vybarr Cregan-Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2017

Running is not just a sport. It reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live, breaking down our increasingly structured and demanding lives. It allows us to feel the world beneath our feet, lifts the spirit, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from the demands of the modern world. When Vybarr Cregan-Reid set out to discover why running meant so much to so many, he began a journey which would take him out to tread London's cobbled streets, climbing to sites that have seen a millennium of hangings, and down the crumbling alleyways of Ruskin's Venice. Footnotes transports you to the cliff tops of Hardy's Dorset, the deserted shorelines of Seattle, the giant redwood forests of California, and to the world's most advanced running laboratories and research centres, using debates in literature, philosophy and biology to explore that simple human desire to run. Liberating and inspiring, this book reminds us why feeling the earth beneath our feet is a necessary and healing part of our lives.

The Trail Runner's Companion A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras

The Trail Runner's Companion A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras

Author: Sarah Lavender Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

The sport of trail running is booming as more runners seek more adventurous routes and a deeper connection with nature. Not only are runners taking to the trail, but a growing number are challenging themselves to go past the conventional 26.2-mile marathon point. The time is right for a book that covers everything a runner needs to safely and successfully run and race trails, from 5Ks to ultra distances. Like a trusted coach, The Trail Runner's Companion offers an inspiring, practical, and goal-oriented approach to trail running and racing. Whether readers are looking to up their distance or tackle new terrain, they'll find sophisticated, yet clear advice that boosts performance and enhances well-being. Along the way, they'll learn: *Trail-specific techniques and must-have gear *What to eat, drink, and think-before, during, and after any trail run *How to develop mental tenacity and troubleshoot challenges on longer trail adventures *Colorful commentary on the characters and culture that make the sport special With an engaging, encouraging voice, including tips and anecdotes from well-known names in the sport, The Trail Runner's Companion is the ultimate guide to achieving peak performance-and happiness- out on the trails. Sarah Lavender Smith has long been one of trail running's finest and most insightful writers, and her first book, The Trail Runner's Companion, ties everything together for all trail runners, from newbies to veterans and all abilities in between. She expertly and empathetically describes how one should train, eat, drink, and think while becoming a trail runner. But perhaps most importantly of all, she tells us what it means to be a trail runner-why this journey, in her words, 'all the way up to the summit and back down,' is worth the effort. If you already are a trail runner, The Trail Runner's Companion will make you want to become a better trail runner. If you aren't yet a trail runner, The Trail Runner's Companion will make you want to become one. - John Trent, longtime ultrarunner, race director, Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run board member, and award-winning sportswriter The Trail Runner's Companion is a must-have for all trail runners, both new and experienced. It brings a wealth of knowledge and entertaining stories to keep you engaged in the valuable content of the book. If only I had The Trail Runner's Companion to read before my first trail race, I could have avoided so many mistakes! I highly recommend it. - Kaci Lickteig, 2016 UltraRunning Magazine UltraRunner of the Year and Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run champion

Square One Returning to Life and Competitive Running after My Devastating Stroke

Square One Returning to Life and Competitive Running after My Devastating Stroke

Author: Dirk Vlieks, Amby Burfoot Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/05/2017

Dirk Vlieks was at the top of his game. At the age of thirty-two he was a top-ranked triathlete with numerous Ironman finishes under his belt. That all changed in an instant one day in June of 2006 when he stepped groggily from his bike in Honu, Hawaii, and collapsed. He had suffered a stroke so devastating that by the time he reached the hospital, a doctor told his wife to prepare to turn off the machines keeping him alive. Vlieks spent the next two months in intensive care before he was strong enough to begin a rehabilitation program that included learning to speak, talk, eat, and walk again. His first weaving assisted walks turned later to slow jogs, then short runs. Five years later, he returned to Hawaii to finish the race in which he nearly died. He would then run the New York City Marathon. In Square One: Returning to Life and Competitive Running After My Devastating Stroke, Vlieks shares his inspirational story about persevering against all odds. It has not been a smooth ride, and he continues to work and run and inspire. His mission now is to help energize and motivate others to live their lives with determination and joy.

For the Love of Running A Companion

For the Love of Running A Companion

Author: Paul Owen Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/05/2017

Do you know... Who holds the world record for the fastest marathon run in flip flops, or dressed as a beer can? The stories behind the running legends known as 'Grandma' and 'The Buckeye Bullet'? Why a race in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is known as the Trail of Tears? Running is the simplest, the most natural, the most wildly liberating and gloriously exhilarating of sports. All you need is a pair of trainers - and not even that, if you're one of those barefoot-runner types - and you're set. But the strength, determination and stamina required to get to the top of your game is something to be admired and aspired to. Collected here are all the most fascinating insights into the world of running - from its illustrious history to tales of modern-day greats - that you could ever need to inspire your next run. This miscellany is perfect for anyone who knows the incomparable joy of hitting the road, whether you're on your first 5K or your latest ultramarathon!