The 5 Best Running Books, how will I choose them??
I love reading – as a natural introvert I am drawn to books.
I also have a quest for knowledge, I like to find out the what, why and how something works.
I have read a stack of running books in the last year and had to think really hard about which ones to put in my top 5.
There are lots of popular books out there but I wanted to include some that you may not have read before.
I have picked books to inspire you. Books to read if you are new to running, or training for your first marathon or if you simply want to be inspired by a running legend.
(This list may well turn into a top 10 very soon…. I am STILL sitting here procrastinating about which ones to put on the list!!).
No. 1 – Best Running Book For Female Runners
Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Heminsley
This is a great book if you are a newbie runner, she has written a very honest approach to starting running. the book made me laugh out loud at times.
Alexandra is one of those people you would like as a friend, she is witty and up for a challenge and doesn’t let things get in her way.
It is as much a book about not running as it is about running – lots of life lessons to learn along the way.
If you ever use the excuse “I am not a natural runner” then give this book a go.
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No. 2 – Best Running Book For New Runners
Beginner’s Luck Guide For Non-Runners by George Anderson
Can you really learn to run from scratch to 60 minutes in 10 weeks? Yes you can.
George has all the tools in this book to get you there safely and effectively. I loved that this book wasn’t full of jargon and bulls**t. He really knows his stuff and explains it simply and effectively.
He is both encouraging and motivating and you really feel, when reading the book that he is running with you. I have recommended this book to lots of clients and George has inspired me to use my love of running to motivate others.
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No. 3 – Best Running Book for Inspiring Ultra Marathons
Eat And Run by Scott Jurek
I read this book from cover to cover back in 2012 and have re-read it several times since. I am itching to do an Ultra Marathon and Scott is one of my Ultra Marathon inspirations.
It is a wonderful story about how he got into the sport of Ultra Marathons (and he is definitely at the forefront of the industry).
Scott has very firm beliefs in his approach to fuel and training (some of which didn’t work for me) but he includes his advice in a very non-preachy way.
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When reading the book you really feel as though you are running the journey with him, it is BEAUTIFULLY written and will inspire you whether you can just run round the block or can go 100 kilometres in one go.
No. 4 – Best Running Book For Believing You Can Run
No Run Intended by Hannah Phillips
This book is brilliant. It isn’t an instructional book, it is a memoir of Hannah’s journey from sofa to half marathon glory. Her writing style is so easy to read and full of comedy. She has inspired me to totally lighten-up when I run and not take my run journey so seriously all the time.
If you are a reader who struggles to get into running and feel self-conscious and often dejected then do yourself a favour and read it…. you will resonate with Hannah at many points during the book.
One reviewer put “If it is your last 99p then spend it on this book”. I couldn’t have put it better myself!
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No. 5- Best Running Book If You Think A Marathon Is Hard
Running Crazy by Helen Summer
Imagine Running a Marathon. Now Imagine Running Over 100 of Them.: Incredible True Stories from the World’s Most Fanatical Runners.
This may seem like an unlikely book to put as my current no.1 but I found it so inspiring it had to go there.
You see, when you start out running each longer goal seems impossible but it is all relative (I promise!).
This book is a lovely collection of a very special bunch of people who are part of the 100 Marathon Club (yes, it actually exists as a club!). These crazy folks have run over 100 marathons and think nothing of jetting off to run a marathon abroad and are back at their office desk on a Monday morning for another working week.
The main reason I included this book is that no matter where you are on your running journey, if you open your eyes and gaze into the distance, you can and WILL go further. It has motivated me to dream big with my run goals – to open my eyes to the limitless possibility that running offers me both in terms of physical ability but also the bunch of amazing people I will meet along the way.
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Do you have a favourite book? Leave me a comment with the recommendation as I LOVE discovering new ones.