I have recently decided to read all the fiction running books that I can get my hands on. As of tonight (4-10-07), I have read "Once A Runner" (probably 30 times) by John L. Parker, "Pain" (finished tonight) by Dan Middleman, "The Olympian" (about 10 times) by Brian Glanville, and "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" (3 times) by Alan Sillitoe. So I want to know what other people think:
What is the best running fiction book ever written?
I must admit, I am posing this question for two reasons:
1) I love O.A.R. (I actually race for the Once A Runner Runner's Club...something some college buddies and I put together), but after reading "Pain," I think that might be my favorite now. However, I can still pick up and read O.A.R. at any time, and "Pain" I might have to wait awhile to read it again. (Though the parts about Susan...damn)
2) I'm hoping that I will learn of more running books that I can get my hands on to read.
So, posters, post away. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say.