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Top 7 Running Books in Australia

Top 7 Running Books in Australia

A good running book can be just what you need to boost your motivation, expand your knowledge or simply laugh at what it means to be a runner.

To help you find your next book we have curated the top 7 books for runners (based on average review score) currently on

Ranging from humurous observations to inspiring personal stories, the list below will definitely have something for you.


Running and Stuff - James Adams

Running and Stuff (4.8 out of 5)
by James Adams $9.99

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Running blog veteran, James Adams, uses his unique story-telling ability to take us with him on an incredible journey as he runs across the USA.

What makes this book different? Well James isn't a pro. He's not an elite. In fact, he doesn't even class himself as an above-average runner.

He's just a normal-ish guy who eats too much junk and doesn't take peraticularly good care of himself... He just REALLY love ultra running!

Expect humour, self deprecation and inspiration from this down to earth and humble runner.


Today We Die a Little

Today We Die a Little: The Rise and Fall of Emil Zátopek, Olympic Legend (4.8 out of 5)
by Richard Askwith from $14.99

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The definitive biography of an Olympic legend, cold war hero and one of the greatest runners of all time.

Emil Zátopek won five Olympic medals, set 18 world records, and went undefeated over 10,000 metres for six years.

He put his country on the map then, in 1968, paid a huge personal price for his beliefs.

A well researched book telling the deeply complex and moving tale of an inspiring hero.


Born to Run - Christopher McDougall

Born to Run: The hidden tribe, the ultra-runners, and the greatest race the world has never seen (4.7 out of 5)
by Christopher McDougall from $9.92

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Born to Run centers around the tale of a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals.

With incredible energy and smart observation, McDougall tells this story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner.

He travels to a range of settings from labs to canyons and meets a vast array of fascinating characters along the way.

An inspiring read that will expand the way you look at running and life in general.


Ultra-marathon Man - Dean Karnazes

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner (4.7 out of 5)
by Dean Karnazes from $12.34

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The inspiring journey of Dean Karnazes, an internationally recognized endurance athlete who has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits.

He's taken part in a marathon across Death Valley, a 200 mile, twelve-person relay race (which he ran solo, of course) and one of the biggest and most controversial challenges of all - the first marathon ever run to the South Pole.

This book introduces us to the sometimes bizarre emotional and psychological make-up of endurance runners, as well as the peculiar mores surrounding the subculture of ultra-endurance athleticism.

Warning, this book will make you want to run!


Running With Sherman - Christopher McDougall

Running with Sherman: The Donkey Who Survived Against All Odds and Raced Like a Champion (4.7 out of 5)
by Christopher McDougall $15.96

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This is the second book by Christopher McDougall to make the list and this one is a little different.

The barefoot running guru takes in a neglected donkey, his aim to get ill-tempered Sherman back to reasonable health.

Realising the donkey needs a purpose and a reason to live, the pair explore the sport of Burro racing, running with donkeys.

A well written book with a heart warming tale, highlighting the benefits of having a connection with nature, the outdoors and exercise.


Shoe Dog - Phil Knight

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE (4.7 out of 5)
by Phil Knight $9.99

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In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan.

Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion. In an age of start-ups, Nike is the Eliud Kipchoge of all start-ups.

Founder, Phil Kinght, details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream - along with his triumphs.

This is essential reading for all Nike fans.


The Runner's Rule Book - Mark Remy & Runner's World

The Runner's Rule Book: Everything a Runner Needs to Know--And Then Some (4.7 out of 5)
by Mark Remy & Runner's World $12.99

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A light-hearted take on the unspoken rules surrounding the lingo, behavior, and etiquette that every seasoned runner seems to know.

100+ rules that cover the basics of running, racing, track etiquette, and apparel and gear, including hilarious running commentary on running culture.

You'll find yourself laughing at the same time as nodding in agreement.

A perfect gift for any runner.

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