10 Best Trail Running Books

Updated on: July 2021

Best Trail Running Books in 2021


The Trail Runner's Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras

The Trail Runner's Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
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North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021

Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel: A trail running, ultramarathon, and wilderness survival guide for weird folks

Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel: A trail running, ultramarathon, and wilderness survival guide for weird folks
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021

The Rise of the Ultra Runners: A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance

The Rise of the Ultra Runners: A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021

Sky Runner: Finding Strength, Happiness, And Balance In Your Running

Sky Runner: Finding Strength, Happiness, And Balance In Your Running
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021

Nowhere Near First: Ultramarathon Adventures From The Back Of The Pack

Nowhere Near First: Ultramarathon Adventures From The Back Of The Pack
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
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Grand Trail: A Magnificent Journey to the Heart of Ultrarunning and Racing

Grand Trail: A Magnificent Journey to the Heart of Ultrarunning and Racing
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
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The Trail Running Guidebook: For all trail runners who want to Perform Wilder

The Trail Running Guidebook: For all trail runners who want to Perform Wilder
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021

80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster By Training Slower

80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster By Training Slower
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
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Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning: Training for an Ultramarathon, from 50K to 100 Miles and Beyond

Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning: Training for an Ultramarathon, from 50K to 100 Miles and Beyond
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
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Born to Run Book Review

Born To Run is Christopher McDougall's exploration into the beauty, art, and joy of running.

The story begins with McDougall searching for a phantom figure in Mexico's Copper Canyons. To find him he must traverse dangerous canyon roads, drug traffickers, and hike treacherous mountain trails. The figure, the mystical Caballo Blanco, is going to release the secrets of the Tarahumara, a culture of Indians hidden deep in the canyons whose only passion is to run. Reluctant at first, the reclusive Caballo finally agrees to set up a meeting with the people of the mountains. What he discovers in a group of silent, stoic people whose only desire is to be left alone. With this discovery, McDougall can uncover the passion for ultra-running, a way of foot racing which exceeds distances of fifty miles and often takes place on mountain trails or in extreme heat or cold conditions.

In the course of his yarn, the author introduces the reader to a colorful cast of individuals that come together in the ultimate race in Mexico. These include two hot-shot college kids, an advocate for barefoot running, and the current king of ultra-running, and a group of Tarahumara Indians. With the help of Caballo Blanco and several others along the way, Christopher McDougall is able to compete in the final climatic race, which he sets up as one of the greatest sports stories ever written.

McDougall's story-telling and structure is excellent and his departure midway through the story to explain the psychological and physiological aspects of the sport only lend a more complete view to the adventures he has presented and the exciting grand finale to the story. He uses humor, drama, and an excellent sense of character to paint a picture of competitive running turned on its head.

Through the people he meets, McDougall is able to extract from each the passion they have for running, whether it's the competition, the ability to push the body beyond its limits, or just the pure joy of the act. Steeped in running lore, legends, and amazing facts, Born to Run is a must-read for beginning runners, non-runners, and the most experienced endurance athletes alike. Born To Run,written by Christopher McDougall, among many other things, is a testament tothe human spirit and the limits of human ability. At times a running book, ascience book, and a downright engrossing story, the book succeeds in the purestway by explaining how and why humans were literally "born to run."

The story begins with McDougall searching for aphantom figure in Mexico'sCopper Canyons. To find him he must traverse dangerous canyon roads, drugtraffickers, and hike treacherous mountain trails. The figure, the mysticalCaballo Blanco, is going to release the secrets of the Tarahumara, a culture ofIndians hidden deep in the canyons whose only passion is to run. Reluctantat first, the reclusive Caballo finally agrees to set up a meeting with thepeople of the mountains. What he discovers in a group of silent, stoic peoplewhose only desire is to be left alone. With this discovery, McDougall canuncover the passion for ultra-running, a way of foot racing which exceeds distances of fifty miles and often takes place on mountain trails or in extremeheat or cold conditions.

In the course of his yarn, the author introduces thereader to a colorful cast of individuals that come together in the ultimaterace in Mexico.These include two hot-shot college kids, an advocate for barefoot running, andthe current king of ultra-running, and a group of Tarahumara Indians. With thehelp of Caballo Blanco and several others along the way, Christopher McDougallis able to compete in the final climatic race, which he sets up as one of thegreatest sports stories ever written.

McDougall's story-telling and structure is excellentand his departure midway through the story to explain the psychological andphysiological aspects of the sport only lend a more complete view to theadventures he has presented and the exciting grand finale to the story. He useshumor, drama, and an excellent sense of character to paint a picture ofcompetitive running turned on its head.

Through the people he meets, McDougall is able to extract from each the passion they have for running, whether it's thecompetition, the ability to push the body beyond its limits, or just the purejoy of the act. Steeped in running lore, legends, and amazing facts, Bornto Run is a must-read for beginning runners, non-runners, and the mostexperienced endurance athletes alike.

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