Ten books runners need to read

Sometimes it's not enough to just run. You find yourself thinking about it, talking about it, dreaming about it and reading about it.

I have a pile of books from all genres sitting on my bedside table that I'm yet to read, but somehow I still find myself standing in front of the health and fitness section of the airport bookshop scanning the book spines for a running-related read.

The rise in popularity of running in recent years means there are loads of books to choose from. There are how-to guides on running your first half marathon, recipe books to fuel your runs, and inspiring real-life accounts by famous runners.

Whether you're looking for a story to inspire you to push past your limits or a helpful book to improve your technique, these titles will give you something to ponder as you chase that runner's high.

Click through the gallery above to peruse Laura Hill's top 10 running-related reads.

What books would you add? Let us know in the comments section.

The goal of one day completing an ultra-marathon inspires running fanatic Laura Hill to clock up the kilometres each week. With a day job in the corporate world, Laura loves nothing more than lacing up her runners and hitting the pavement to clear her mind and challenge her body.

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