The Best Books for 5K Training

recommended by Kristal James

If you are a certified couch potato who dreams of running one day, these are the top five books to get you motivated. After reading these books, you will be ready to lace up your running shoes and get started!

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    5K Training For Beginners - From Couch To 5k Runner In 8 Weeks Or Less
    by Jago Holmes

    This book includes a step-by-step guide that will help you with every step of running your first 5k. All the way from the couch to the finish line, this book will be your helpmate the entire time.

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    The Ultra Mile: The Joy, Freedom, and Opportunities of Running
    by Tim Wills

    This book takes an interesting approach that blends creative writing with running. Through different writing prompts, the author strives to show you that running is not only exercise; it can be a means of joy and freedom as well.

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    The Complete Runner's Day-by-Day Log 2022 Planner Calendar
    by Marty Jerome

    This running guide is best for those of you who love a good schedule. If you find that you are more productive when you have everything written down on your schedule, this is the book for you. This book will help you plan all of your running goals.

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    I Hate Running and You Can Too: How to Get Started, Keep Going, and Make Sense of an Irrational Pass
    by Brendan Leonard

    Most people seem to hate running, but there is no denying that it is a great form of exercise. If you also hate the act of running but are in love with the idea of running as a past time, this is a great book for you.

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    Daniels' Running Formula
    by Jack Daniels

    This book offers several running programs to choose from, depending on your skill level. Each program is chock full of training opportunities that are meant to help you build the endurance you need for your next big race.

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