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Gift Ideas: Books for Runners

Motivational and Educational Running Books

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Updated November 22, 2013

Running for Mortals by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield

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John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield, authors of the popular Marathoning for Mortals, explain how beginning-level runners can easily implement running in their lives. Their book covers topics, such as starting a running habit, proper nutrition and hydration, and training for speed and endurance.
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Running Within by Jerry Lynch and Warren A. Scott

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For runners looking for a competitive edge, this book provides an in-depth look at the physiological and psychological aspects of running, with strategies and tools for maximizing the mental side of performance.
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Runner's World Guide to Running and Pregnancy by Chris Lundgren

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If the female runner in your life is a Mom-to-be, she'll definitely welcome this encouraging and informative book about how to stay fit, be safe and have a healthy baby.
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50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days by Dean Karnazes

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Fifty marathons in 50 days sounds like an unfathomable feat, but that's exactly what Dean Karnazes, the "quintessential marathoner," did. His book details his journey and describes how he accomplished his remarkable feat. Dean also shares his advice and secrets, which can be applied to runners of all levels. Packed with practical advice and training schedules, this book will inspire and educate runners, whether they're training for their 1st or 50th marathon.
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Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes

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Whether you're trying to break your personal record in a 5K or looking to improve your running leg time in a triathlon, Bobby McGee's Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes can help runners and triathletes at all levels spice up their workouts, as well as improve their motivation and performance.
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