I have been buying many books on running, especially autobiographies. I enjoy reading about other people and their experiences as they train for marathons or ultramathons. Surprisingly, there are not really that many of them. Here are some of the books I have found:


Feet in the Clouds: A Tale of Fell Running and Obsession by Richard Askworth
Running Wild: An Extraordinary Adventure from the Spiritual World of Running by John Annerino
Uncommon Heart by Anne Audain
How Running Changed My Life: True Stories of the Power of Running by Garth Battista
Staying The Course: A Runner’s Toughest Race by Dick Beardsley
The Death Valley 300: Near Death and Resurrection on the World’s Toughest Endurance Course by Richard Benyo
God on the Starting Line: The Triumph of a Catholic School Running Team and Its Jewish Coach by Marc Bloom
Beyond the Marathon : The Grand Slam of Trail Ultrarunning by Robert B Boeder
Hardrock fever: Running 100 miles through Colorado’s San Juan Mountains by Robert B Boeder
26 Miles to Boston: The Boston Marathon Experience from Hopkinton to Copley Square by Michael Connelly
No Mountain Too High by Stan Cottrell
Marathon: The Clarence DeMar Story by Clarence De Mar
Running With Angels: The Inspiring Journey of a Woman Who Turned Personal Tragedy into Triumph Over Obesity by Pamela H. Hansen
Marathon by Richard Harteis
A Quest for Adventure:: David Horton’s Conquest of the Appalachian Trail and the Trans-America Footrace by David Horton
Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon by Neal Jamison
The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of My Feet: Tales from the World of Adventure Racing by Neal Jamison
To the Edge: A Man, Death Valley, and the Mystery of Endurance by Kirk Johnson
Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes
First Marathons by Gail Kislevitz
More Than a Run by Rick Marks
The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon Race Director’s Road to Success by David J. Mcgillivray
And Then the Vulture Eats You by John L. Parker, Jr.
The Extra Mile-One Woman’s Personal Journey To Ultrarunning Greatness by Pam Reed
Ten Million Steps: The Incredible Journey of Paul Reese, Who Ran Across America by Paul Reese
Meditations from the Breakdown Lane: Running Across America by James Shapiro
My run across the United States by Don Shepherd
Falling Forward: Tales from an Endurance Saga by Dallas Smith
The Looniness Of The Long Distance Runner: An Unfit Londoner’s Attempt To Run The New York City Marathon From Scratch by Russell Taylor
Four million footsteps by Bruce Tulloh


The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It by Neal Bascomb
Pre: The Story of America’s Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine by Tom Jordan
Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men’s Cross-Country Team by Chris Lear
Sub 4:00: Alan Webb and the Quest for the Fastest Mile by Chris Lear
Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon’s Legendary Coach and Nike’s Cofounder by Kenny Moore


The Gift – A Runner’s Story by Paul Maurer
Pain by Dan Middleman
Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr.
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe
Long Road to Boston by Bruce Tuckman