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Six best books for runners

Whether you’re a fitness runner looking to conquer hills with more speed or strength or a competitive runner looking for that extra performance edge, our best-selling running books can take your training and performance to a new level.

Daniels' Running Formula 4E

Jack Daniels has been referred to as “the world’s best running coach,” and in the fourth edition of Daniels’ Running Formula the elite distance coach offers his secrets to success. Get proven running programs for events from 800 meters to marathons. The chapters on altitude training, the VDOT system, seasonal planning, and the 31 training plans and workouts will help you run faster and longer. Train to achieve the results you seek every time you lace up.

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The Happy Runner

The Happy Runner breaks down the science of performance psychology, introduces training principles, and provides real-world success stories so readers can apply Some Work, All Play (SWAP) principles into their daily routines. Based on personal experiences and professional coaching expertise, authors David and Megan Roche explain how you can reach your running potential. Learn how to run fast, run long, and avoid setbacks from injury with proven training methods. Embrace the importance of self-belief and positivity to achieve your goals.

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Running Anatomy

Maximize running strength, speed, and endurance with the newly revised Running Anatomy, Second Edition by Joe Puleo and Patrick Milroy. It features 48 of the most effective strength exercises for runners, each with clear step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the muscles in action. Increase muscle strength and optimize the efficiency of your running motion. Get prehabilitation and rehabilitation exercises for common running injuries and use current information about technology and gear to enhance your running experience and achieve your personal best.

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Advanced Marathoning


Advanced Marathoning, Third Edition, by Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas has the information competitive runners need to train smarter, remain injury-free, and run their best marathon. With easy-to-understand day-by-day training schedules for 18- and 12-week preparation—for weekly distances of 55, 55 to 70, 70 to 85, and 85-plus miles—this book offers the most comprehensive and efficient approach to competitive marathoning. Complement your running workouts with strength, core, and flexibility exercises; implement cutting-edge nutrition and hydration strategies and recovery techniques; and taper properly to reach peak performance.

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Yoga for Runners


If you’re painfully familiar with stiffness, muscle imbalances, and overuse injuries, let Yoga for Runners by Christine Felstead show you how to incorporate yoga and breathing techniques into your workouts, help you eliminate chronic aches and pains, and keep you running stronger and longer. Each of the yoga poses—selected especially for runners—is described in detail to ensure correct execution and improve your strength, mobility, and flexibility. Thirteen yoga sequences focus on areas of concern such as core stability, increasing mobility of the hip joint, and speeding up the recovery process after a run.

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Breakthrough Women's Running


If you’re a woman runner with big goals and are looking for the right plan to achieve them, Breakthrough Women’s Running was written just for you. Told with engaging storytelling and packed with colorful images and practical recommendations, strategies, and insights to improve your running, this book offers 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon, and run-walk training plans to suit your current distance or pacing goals.

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