This is a great question and one of the great things about runners – we tend to like to learn about our sport. Oftentimes people will first turn to Runner’s World for their first and sometimes only education about running. This is not a bad resource by any means, but it is more of a “popular” magazine vs “educational” resource. By all means, keep reading it – I certainly do. But here are some other resources you might want to consider:
*Running Times – a magazine subscription also published by Rodale that has more focus on competitive running and training specifics
*Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry – a great book giving an overview of running from an anatomical and physiological standpoint; has great pictures of some key exercises and is a great overall resource for runners; it’s by a fellow PT also :)
*Lore of Running by Timothy Noakes – this is “the book” if you truly want to envelop yourself in all things running; fair warning it is 921 pages of about all the information about running you could want to know; I recommend this only to those that are truly “all-in” with the sport and those who want to know the technical aspects of running
*Some injury focused blogs: RunningPhysio, An Athlete’s Body,
*Some science focused blogs: Science of Running, Sweat Science, Running Research Junkie
*Bowerman and the Men of Oregon by Kenny Moore – a great book about US running history and the big names who helped push it along in its early stages, especially competitive track and field; a great read for those of us living in the NW for sure.
*Once a Runner by John L Parker Jr. – if you are wanting a novel about running, this is the one to read. Just a fun read to throw in at the end of this post.
*Names I am always interested to hear from: Brian Heiderscheit, the Hanson Brothers, Alex Hutchinson, Greg McMillan
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