Happy day to you!
Today, I am starting a series of blog posts about the best running related things.
(Think, podcasts, magazines, movies, etc.)
It’s pretty common knowledge that runners like to talk about running.
We eat, sleep, and breathe running.
Because we love it!
Some might call it an obsession…
I call it passion!
With this in mind, I wanted to give you even more ways to weave running into your daily life.
Part one of this series is on the best running related books.
Let’s get to it!
The stories below might not give you the runner’s high you’re chasing, but they will give you something to consider throughout the miles ahead!
Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
By: Christopher McDougall
$10 from Amazon.com
Born to Run is the one of the most fascinating books I have ever read about the history and scientific aspects of running. This is an amazing book if you want to learn about how humans evolved into the efficient running machines that they are today, and also about the importance of running to various cultures.
Running & Being: The Total Experience
By: Dr. George Sheehan
$12 from Amazon.com
Running & Being tells of the author’s midlife return to the world of exercise, play, and competition, in which he found “a world beyond sweat” that proved to be a source of great revelation and personal growth. But Running & Being focuses more on life than it does, specifically, on running.
Running On Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America
By: Marshall Ulrich
$13 from Amazon.com
This memoir is an incredible read with a universal message for all athletes and non-athletes alike: face the toughest challenges, overcome debilitating setbacks, and find deep fulfillment in something greater than achievement.
Pre: The Story of America’s Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine
By: Tom Jordan
$12.50 from Amazon.com
Pre details the life of running legend Steve Prefontaine. In my opinion, this is the best book written on the man who has inspired generations of runners to achieve their dreams. If you want to learn more about Pre, this is the book to get.
Once A Runner: A Novel
By: John L. Parker, Jr.
$10 from Amazon.com
A rare insider’s account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners, Once a Runner is an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one man’s quest to become a champion.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir
By: Haruki Murakami
$10 from Amazon.com
While simply training for the New York City Marathon would be enough for most people, Haruki Murakami’s decided to write about it as well. The result is a beautiful memoir about his intertwined obsessions with running and writing, full of vivid memories and insights, including the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer.
UltraMarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
By: Dean Karnazes
$10.50 from Amazon.com
Ultrarunning legend Dean Karnazes has run 262 miles (the equivalent of ten marathons) without rest. He has run over mountains, across Death Valley, and to the South Pole-and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. With an insight, candor, and humor rarely seen in sports memoirs (and written without the aid of a ghostwriter or cowriter), Ultramarathon Man has inspired tens of thousands of people-nonrunners and runners alike-to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and be reminded of what it feels like to be truly alive.
Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to UltraMarathon Greatness
By: Scott Jurek
$11 from Amazon.com
Eat and Run provides insight into the life of one of the most successful ultramarathoners in history, Scott Jurek. In the book, Scott talks about his incredible training regimen and his adherence to the vegan diet. Eat and Run is a great way to gain valuable insight on what makes an elite runner perform so well.
Bowerman and the Men of Oregon
By: Kenny Moore
$16 from Amazon.com
No man has affected more runners in more ways than Bill Bowerman. During his 24-year tenure as track coach at the University of Oregon, he won four national team titles and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records. He also ignited the jogging boom, invented the waffle-sole running shoe that helped establish Nike, and coached the US track and field team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
Did I miss any of your favorites?
Let me know by commenting below!