What are the best memoirs about inspirational runners?

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    #1What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir

    What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir

    In 1982, Haruki Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.

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    Gary Stewart
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Good read. I found myself agreeing to everything is stated. Great book for runners and those who participate in marathons."
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    #2Night Running: A Book of Essays About Breaking Through

    Night Running: A Book of Essays About Breaking Through
    Night Running: A Book of Essays About Breaking Through is a nonfiction sports memoir book written by Pete Danko, Kelsey Eiland and Bonnie Ford. It was published June 14, 2016 by Wellstone Books.
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    #3Running with Joy

    Running with Joy

    Running with Joy is a nonfiction sports memoir written by Ryan Hall. It was published February 1, 2011 by Harvest House Publishers. It follows the story of the fastest marathoner of all time.

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    Eugene Brown
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "As an avid runner, I enjoy good nonfiction memoirs about other runners. I find these accounts so inspiring as I learn about these people. Running with Joy is one of the recent books I finished reading. A nonfiction sports memoir written by Ryan Hall, Running with Joy, conveys the sense of what it takes and how the journey of the fastest American-born marathoner of all time, dealt with his day to day routines to get to that status. I felt this book was an inspirational joy to read as I followed Ryan Hall's journey, from his struggles, to his triumph. It's a definite feel good real and a story that needs to be read to be appreciated. I think we can all take something from this book and it's one I definitely would recommend."
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    #4Running Away: A Memoir

    Running Away: A Memoir
    Running Away: A Memoir is a nonfiction sports memoir book written by Robert Andrew Powell. It was published April 15, 2014 by New Harvest.
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    Samantha Palmer
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A combination about sports and personal views. No specific focus."
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    #5The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete

    The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete

    The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete is a nonfiction sports memoir book written by Matt Long and Charles Butler. It was published October 12, 2010 by Rondale Books.

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    #6Strides: Running Through History With an Unlikely Athlete

    Strides: Running Through History With an Unlikely Athlete

    Strides: Running Through History With an Unlikely Athlete is a nonfiction sports memoir book written by Benjamin Cheever. It was published September 18, 2007 by Rodale Books.

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    Tyler Webb
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Strides: Running Through History With an Unlikely Athlete is a nonfiction sports memoir book written by Benjamin Cheever. It was published September 18, 2007 by Rodale Books. a very good read."
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    #7Paula: My Story So Far

    Paula: My Story So Far
    Paula: My Story So Far is a nonfiction sports memoir book written by Paula Radcliffe. It was published October 1, 2005 by Simon & Schuster UK. 
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    Phillip Dunn
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The inspirational story of Paula Radcliffe, the most sensational female distance runner of all time. Inspirational and moving, a great story of the life of someone who has persevered. A great read."
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    #8Daughters of Distance

    Daughters of Distance

    Daughters of Distance is a sports memoir book written by Vanessa Runs. It was published April 7, 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

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    Zachary King
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I found this book to be inspirational and enlightening as it told the story of triumph and overcoming adversity. I feel it is worth a read for both runners and enthusiasts and will be a pleasant read."
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    #9The Irishman Who Ran for England

    The Irishman Who Ran for England

    The Irishman Who Ran for England is a nonfiction sports biography written by Jim Hogan. It was published November 20, 2008 by Currach Pr. It is the story of an Irish man to run for England.

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    Richard Griffin
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This tale takes you in to the mindset of a coach, an athlete, and his team. Really inspiring, and I highly recommend it if you're feeling like you're going through the middle of something."
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    #10Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe

    Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe

    Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe is a nonfiction sports memoir book written by Becky Wade. It was published July 5, 2016 by William Morrow.

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    Gustavo Leal
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "good"
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    #11Feet in the Clouds

    Feet in the Clouds

    Feet in the Clouds: A Tale of Fell-Running and Obsession is a nonfiction sports and fitness reference book written by Richard Askwith. It was published April 25, 2005 by Aurum Press.

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    Mark Perez
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Excellent. To take part in a fell race is to run up and down one or more of the British Isles' many mountains. Fell-racers anticipate hypothermia, injury, falls (off cliffs, down scree slopes or into the occasional well), exhaustion, disorientation and death. Because if you don't realise how unpleasant it's going to be, says Richard Askwith, you're at risk of not enjoying yourself properly. In his bracing and inspiring account of fell-running, Askwith argues that this demanding but little-understood sport has given rise to some of the British Isles' unsung sporting and folk heroes over the past 150 years: "Great things are done when men and mountains meet; and, though not one Briton in a hundred has any inkling that the great kings of their fells ever existed, the heroics of the greatest are as glorious as anything in sport's history.""
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    #12Why We Run

    Why We Run

    Why We Run: A Natural History is a nonfiction biological science reference book written by Bernd Heinrich. It was published May 7, 2002 by Ecco.

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    Stephanie Washington
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I was into running for a couple of years. There is something about it that I just enjoyed and was looking into famous runners. My friend, who loves running and does marathons, told me about Why We Run by Bernd Heinrich. He's put together a book about inspirational runners and I really loved the history of running he laid out. "
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