BTC SURVEY: Best Running Books

Get ready to head to your local bookstore (or your preferred online merchant). The results have been tallied from the BTC Survey about your favorite books related to running. We asked for your input regarding the best books in three different categories: (1) Non-Fiction books about the technical side of running; (2) Non-Fiction books about the experience of running; and (3) Fiction books related to running. The top 3 books in each category (including ties) are described below with a few honorable mentions thrown in for good measure.


Best Non-Fiction Running Books (Technical)

BTC runners obviously like to think about the science behind training and racing. There were many submissions in this category from many outstanding authors. From training methods to nutrition to race strategy, these books are great resources for the serious and recreational runner alike.


  1. Daniels’ Running Formula by Jack Daniels, PhD
  1. Lore of Running by Tim Noakes, MD 



3. 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster By Training Slower by Matt Fitzgerald

3. Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance by Matt Fitzgerald

3. The Complete Book of Running by James E. Fixx




Honorable Mention:


Best Non-Fiction Running Books (Experience)

BTC runners also enjoy reading about the experience of running. From investigations into the origins of human running to stories about great runners to metaphysical contemplations of the dynamic between the physical and spiritual sides of running, these books are sure to entertain and enlighten.


  1. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  1. 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
  1. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami



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Best Fiction Running Books

BTC runners overwhelmingly prefer to read non-fiction when it comes to running, but a few fiction entries were also submitted. Enjoy these books this summer on the beach, on a boat, or lounging in bed.

  1. Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr.
  1. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner: Stories by Alan Sillitoe
  1. The Running Man by Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman)