What are the best resources for improving long-distance running?

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    #1Daniels' Running Formula

    Daniels' Running Formula
    Get in the best shape of your running career with the help of Daniels' Running Formula, the book that Runner's World magazine calls the best training book. Premier running coach Jack Daniels provides you with his legendary VDOT formula to guide you through training  to run stronger, longer, and faster.
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    Douglas Foster
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "This book is great if you want to get a scientific understanding of running for improvement. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but if you stick with it everything begins to make a lot of sense. Reading this book taught me a lot, and helped me optimize my training for increased stamina."
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    #2The runner's library: running books to help you get faster and stay healthy

    The runner's library: running books to help you get faster and stay healthy
    This list, by Jason Fitzgerald, head coach at Strength Running, includes running books, training guides, and workout plans to help you become a better runner.
    Websites

    Free

    Justin Johnson
    Written on April 14, 2017
    "No doubt running can be hard to perfect. This information will allow you to become the best runner you can be. It steps you through how to improve your current run and inform you of the things you may be over looking. "
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    #350 running resources to get better, faster, stronger

    50 running resources to get better, faster, stronger
    Whether you've completed 100 marathons or have your sights set on one, these resources can help get you hit the ground running this fall.
    Websites

    Free

    Tyler Delgado
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "This is a list of lists, and a bit overwhelming. I have no idea how good each of the articles referenced really is, though I have some trust in the site that's hosting it. I suppose how useful you find this article will depend a lot on your level of knowledge and experience with the sport. If you don't know a lot already, you may have a hard time deciding which of the articles is worth your time given your current level of engaging with the sport. You might want something much more "high level" and educational."
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    #4Best running shoes 2017: top trainers to get you road fit

    Best running shoes 2017: top trainers to get you road fit
    The best runners need the best running shoes... and so do average to middling ones. These are the best trainers for 5K to Marathons and beyond.
    Websites

    Free

    Ayaan Jain
    Written on April 8, 2017
    "I needed to find a way to improve my long-distance running. I came across this webpage article 'Best running shoes 2017: top trainers to get you road fit' and it really helped me find a solution that I hadn't thought of before for improving my long-distance running. It listed the best running shoes currently available for running and what kind of running they were best for. It helped me make the right choice and know I'm running longer, with better cushioning."
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    #5Nutrition and hydration guide for long distance running

    Nutrition and hydration guide for long distance running
    Nutrition and hydration are critical to training for and running long distance races such as half marathons and marathons. Here's some basic advice on how runners can maintain a healthy diet.
    Websites

    Free

    Carl Dixon
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "I always taught that my long-distance running problem came from not knowing a technique. It turns out that the solution in simple. I just need to eat the right foods, suggested in this article, before my run hydrate myself. Results came from the first run."
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    #6Runtastic Running App

    Runtastic Running App

    Runtastic Running App by Runtastic is a health and fitness app that lets you measure the distance, speed, and time as you run. It also tracks the calories burnt after each working. This is ideal for running, jogging, and biking.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Eugene Bates
    Written on April 7, 2017
    "Aside from the push to post to FB and social networks this is a useful app. It's a great fitness tracker. It can help keep you going if you choose to use the social aspects of the app. That's not my thing, but this can certainly help people that like and need the encouragement."
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    #7Strava

    Strava

    Strava is a fitness app available on iOS and Android. Strava records your run, maps cycling routes & analyzes your training stats. With Strava you can track your performance in other sports like swimming, hiking, CrossFit, and gym training.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Willie Brown
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Strava is a great free running and cycling GPS app to help you record your activities and stay on top of your fitness goals. It's also unique with its own community of users that you can share progress with or compete with."
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    #8MapMyRun

    MapMyRun
    Track and map every run with MapMyRun. For every mile you go, you'll get feedback and stats to help you improve your performance. Discover new workout routes and get inspired to reach new running goals with a 40 million member strong community of runners.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Dennis Walters
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "This app is great. It allowed me to share my routes with my friends so we can all share any new routes we discover. It also has allowed my group of friends to schedule runs together, as well as share our accomplishments. The tracking features are really great as well. I can track my own goals, and find ways to improve my running."
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    #9Run Less, Run Faster

    Run Less, Run Faster
    FIRST (Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training) is one of the foremost experts in the world on the science of running; its authority is unmatched and the promise of training less and accomplishing more has made the first two editions of Run Less, Run Faster a solid and steady seller.
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    Justin Hu
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "As someone who is interested in getting into the world of running, this book provided a great training regimen! It really taught me how to run smart, without putting undue stress on my body or burning myself out. Now, I love running and do it every day! My first marathon is next week."
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    #10ChiRunning

    ChiRunning
    The revised edition of the bestselling ChiRunning, a groundbreaking program from ultra-marathoner and nationally known coach Danny Dreyer, that teaches you how to run faster and farther with less effort, and to prevent and heal injuries for runners of any age or fitness level.
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    Scott Warren
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "I'm an avid runner, and am always looking to up my long-distance game, so to speak. I came across the book ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running for my Kindle, and I'm glad that I did. It is written by Danny and Katherine Dreyer, two running coaches, and their combined expertise has really changed and improved some of my fundamentals. I've learned to run 'better', and stay better longer. "
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    #11Born to run

    Born to run

    Born to Run is spreading the joy of natural movement through principle-based education and a truly world-class retail experience.their goal is to become the best running brand in the world. 

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    Jose Simmons
    Written on January 7, 2018
    "I was gearing up to run a half marathon, so I checked out this Born to run site. It has a lot of anecdotes, and even a book you can buy if you so desire, and I don't think any of this hurt my efforts to practice. On the other hand, they didn't help much either, it's more of something to read for entertainment purposes, there are simpler and more practical training guides available elsewhere."
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    #12RunKeeper

    RunKeeper

    RunKeeper is an app that helps you track exercise, set goals, sweat, and see progress along the way. Whether you’re working your way up to tracking a 5K goal or deep into marathon training, this is a useful GPS app used by more than 50 million users.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jordan Sullivan
    Written on September 26, 2017
    "I have been trying to increase my exercise lately so I thought that using a tracking app would be a bit of a motivator to see how I am doing and that I am at least being a bit productive. I found RunKeeper in the GooglePlay app store and because of all the downloads and high ratings I gave it a shot. I could not be happier with the results I have not only had personally but also with what this RunKeeper app has been able to show me!!! My favorite part is that I can manage all my routes easily to see where I have run and the times from these runs. If you are a runner or want to become one, download this free app today!!"

Summary

Best What are the best resources for improving long-distance running
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Daniels' Running FormulaBooks 20 Paid
2The runner's library: running books to help you get faster and stay healthyWebsites 16 Free
350 running resources to get better, faster, strongerWebsites 15 Free
4Best running shoes 2017: top trainers to get you road fitWebsites 13 Free
5Nutrition and hydration guide for long distance runningWebsites 11 Free
6Runtastic Running AppApps 10 Free
7StravaApps 7 Free
8MapMyRunApps 5 Free
9Run Less, Run FasterBooks 3 Paid
10ChiRunningBooks 1 Paid
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