Books, I love books, especially non fiction. Good running related books are far and few between. Some offering training and nutritional advice but few offer compelling stories about runners and from runners perspective.

I read Born to Run way back in late 2009. Back before the hype, before this so-called ‘running boom’ and before the barefoot craze. I picked up Born to Run because I had often thought I about giving running a second try, seeing if I liked it or gasp loved it again and a book called Born to Run with an interesting foot on it appeared in front of me at my local book store. I read it, I liked it but didn’t start running. It wasn’t until about a year later that I actually went for a run, and re-read Born to Run.

I’m not going to write a review, if you haven’t already read the book you should get a copy right now, order it, go to the bookstore, download the ebook and read it, it’s a game changer.

A few years later it’s mid 2012 and two awesome plant-based athletes have new books, Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra came out this week and Scott Jurek’s Eat & Run will be released in a few weeks.

I downloaded the sample of Finding Ultra from the iBook store onto my phone, I read the entire sample, something around 40 pages without breathing. Short synopsis: incredible-but-true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever. According to “Finding Ultra is much more than an edge-of-the-seat look at a series of jaw-dropping athletic feats—and much more than a practical training manual for those who would attempt a similar transformation. Yes, Rich’s account rivets—and, yes, it instructs, providing information that will be invaluable to anyone who wants to change their physique.”

It isn’t often that a plant-based runner writes a book. I have been anticipating Scott Jurek’s book for months, maybe close to a year. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It promises to be a mix of stories and Scott’s favorite plant-based recipes. Official description says ” In Eat and Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career—as an elite athlete and a vegan—and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his world-spanning, record-breaking races—Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart all the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance.”

What did you think about Born to Run? Are you planning on reading Finding Ultra and or Eat & Run? What are some of your favorite running books? I’m always up for suggestions


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    kate @ run with kate | 6 years ago Reply

    I really enjoyed Born to Run. I will have to read the others too. Thanks for the post.

    Jeremy Gradney | 6 years ago Reply

    Born to Run has been on my list for a while, but I've yet to get around to it. I'm going for lighter fare right now...The Runner's Rule Book by Mark Remy...I think once I wrap that one up I'll finally go for BtoR!

    pacifiersandfruitloops | 6 years ago Reply

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