One of the top search terms on RunToTheFinish is running books, which is in no way surprising to me since at any given time I’m listening to at least one on my runs and reading another at night making notes, dog earring pages and pondering which of my athletes needs to hear the information.
From lessons on nutrition to motivational stories of conquering ultra marathons, I love it all and have shared it here with you from the top audiobooks for running to my top 50 all time running books by category to monthly reviews of new books!
With all this talk of running, many of you weigh in with your own thoughts and of course choose which books you actually want to read!Here are the 12 best sellers when it comes to what running books RTTF readers are buying at the moment on Amazon:
How this list was compiled?
One of the ways that I keep RTTF free is by promoting quality products on Amazon and Audible.com. RTTF earns a small commission from any purchase made from following these links (at noooo cost to you).
The other great thing about this is that each month we also get a report from Amazon that shows what’s being bought by you dear readers (it’s all anonymous data). From that report I can generate lists like this which are also added to our Popular Running Gear Page.
12 TOP SELLING RUNNING BOOKS
The list below was generated from purchases from our readers for 2015. It’s not every book that was bought, but these 12 made up the vast majority of sales.
Thanks for supporting RTTF in this way – I hope you find this best seller list informative as you consider future purchases.
- A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Welligton
- Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention by Jay Dicharry
- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
- Build Your Running Body: A Total-Body Fitness Plan for All Distance Runners, from Milers to Ultramarathoners-Run Farther, Faster, and Injury-Free by Pete Magill
- Brain Training for Runners: A Revolutionary New Training System to Improve Endurance, Speed, Health, and Results by Matt Fitzgerald
- Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek
- Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself by Rich Roll
- Hansons Marathon Method: A Renegade Path to Your Fastest Marathon by Humphrey and Hanson
- 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
- Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Run-a-Week Training Program by Bill Pierce and Scott Lear
- The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing by Phil Maffetone (must read for LHR training)
- Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line – and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity – Dimity McDowell
Super shocked that my own personal favorite, Once A Runner, wasn’t among the top books! I’ll be interested to see how this list changes over the next year based on all the new books that I keep receiving to review (or buy like my friend Chic Runner’s new Women’s Running Book!). Love the running boom!
Some of the above books are available on audio, but not all which was a complaint I received with the Top 50 running books because many of you like me LOVE to run with a little motivation in year ears. Audible.com actually has over 180,000 titles so I’m quite sure you’ll find something you love and you can even test it out for 30 days totally free.
Today I’m teaming up with my friends at Audible.com to share one of the easiest ways to get started with audiobooks!
- Go to Audible.com
- Sign up to download your first book free (I used my same Amazon login!)
- Search for any of the above books (or try the one I’m listening too now The Happiness Project!)
- Click add to cart
- Listen to your book via the Audible app or load to iTunes and onto the iPod!
My iPod has a number of audiobooks on it right now, but I decided to use my free book for something I’ve been meaning to read, but hadn’t quite gotten to yet: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
I’ve mentioned before that when it comes to audiobooks while running the more positive the better!! We know running is a mental sport and doing things that keep you in a positive frame of mind can keep you running stronger and longer!
“One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.” ― Gretchen Rubin
What audiobook would you like to listen to on your next run?
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