Finding Ultra was great! I had no idea that alcohol was such a big part of the story. I found Roll a couple years ago looking for any vegan athletes for inspiration. I'm so glad that both Rich Roll and Scott Jurek's books dropped within a couple of weeks. I loved the story, but found his nutrition program a little odd. But he does write and reiterates in interviews, that it is what works for him with very high training load, but definitely not for everyone.
Born to Run: for inspiration and adventure
The Greatest: inspiration from elite track racing
Ultramarathon Man: a regular guy went really far, really often
For Getting Started:
Dr. Phillip Maffetone: Either The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing or The Big Book of Health and Fitness. Ignore Maffetone's dietary advice of healthy fats and protein. Buy a simple heart rate monitor and follow his heart rate training. I wished I had discovered it earlier, it would have saved me YEARS of time and effort. I highly recommend the Maffetone Method.
Jeff Galloway: He has coached beginning runners with great success for decades.
A little of Both:
Fit Soul, Fit Body: Mark Allen won the Hawaii Ironman more than anyone else, and still holds the course record for the marathon there. He did all this after working with Maffetone, and still uses the method with all of his coached athletes. He also blends a lot of spirituality into his training and lifestyle.
Thank you! That is the info i was looking for. I want to work up to jogging continously multiple miles, but i want to train properly to achieve that goal. Looks like one of the first steps is a good heart rate monitor. Just need to research to find the right one.