Ultrarunning Books

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Beyond the Marathon: The Grand Slam of Trail Ultrarunningby Robert B BoederIn 1994, Robert Boeder completed the Grand Slam of trail ultrarunning finishing four 100 mile trail races in one summer. In this classic first person narrative he describes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges of completing the Old Dominion,Western States, Leadville and Wasatch Front.
Don Allison is the former editor of Ultrarunning magazine, the voice of the sport. His essential read on the US ultrarunning experience over the last 30 years covers a lot of ground with over 500 pages by some of the best ultrarunners in the US. Released January 1, 2004 updated 2010
This book is written as a tribute for those who have participated as runners, pacers, crew members, and the many volunteers who make the run possible. It is also written for those who may be tempted to take on the challenge of Western States. Only these folks know and can appreciate what is required to finish Western States.
Dean Karnazes book about his mid-life crisis and how he turned to running to transform himself into someone more satisfied with his life. This book has had a big impact on a lot of people who entered the sport through his inspiration.
In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as an elite athlete, and about the vegan diet that is key to his success. From his Midwestern childhood of hunting and fishing to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his epic, record-breaking races, Jurek’s story shows the power of an iron will and the importance of thinking of food as fuel.
From not enough water to too much, the Science of getting the balance right is a quest to understand the bodies needs under pressure. Tim Noakes has a good look at the evidence to provide a great resource on hydration for the ultrarunner.
Adam Chase’s book:
The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running: Everything You Need to Know About Equipment, Finding Trials, Nutrition, Hill Strategy, Racing, Training, Weather, First Aid and Much More. US oriented trail ultras.
Andy Mouncey’s book reconciles the madness of the ultra distance with the magic of the moment to give an insight into why more and more people are running trail ultramarathons for fun.
Grahak Cunningham’s excellent book is loaded with training tips, anecdotes and race stories about the Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race. Four-time finisher Grahak Cunningham takes you on a journey from his first race in 2007 as a multiday novice to his ultimate victory in 2012. Discover what he learnt along the way.
In July 2008, Moire O’Sullivan made a solo attempt on the Wicklow Round, a hundred kilometres over twenty six of Ireland’s remotest mountain peaks. After twenty one and a half hours she collapsed, two summits from the end. Moire returned a year later to become the first person ever to complete the Round in less than twenty four hours. “Mud, Sweat, and Tears” tells a woman’s story of her passion for mountain running, a passion that has brought her to the heights of some of Ireland’s most impressive mountains and to the depths of her own human limitations.
The main section of the book gives fun runners and ambitious runners alike a knowledgeable introduction, enabling them to draw up a structured training plan for the ultra distances. Includes plans for 50km 100km, 24hr and multiday races and ideas on how to achieve these performances. Covers nutrition, equipment, orthopedic problems and typical injuries.
North American Ultrarunning: A History explores the rich heritage of ultradistance running stretching back thousands of years; the Americas were originally peopled by nomads on foot.It records the development of an American sport with deep historical roots, basic to human development, enabling runners to experience to some degree the lives of those who lived decades, centuries even thousands of years ago.
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