Have you heard of the npr8? They’re a group of runners NPR is following as they train for the Boston Marathon. Watching their progress got me thinking about books for serious runners. Here are a few that come to mind:
Born to Runby Christopher McDougall, in which the author trains with the legendary long distance runners of Mexico’s Tarahumara tribe.
Jim Axelrod’s In The Long Runfocuses on the circumstances that got the author to start running in the first place – a crossroads in his personal and professional life.
And Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a memoir about training for the New York City Marathon and writing. As the Timesputs it, “For Murakami, long-haul running is not just a metaphor for the loneliness of the long-distance novelist; it’s pretty well synonymous with it.”