The best books about running


Running is slowly becoming a much more popular pastime for a lot of people. Health and fitness are becoming much more of a focus for people in daily life, and we are placing more importance on getting in shape and looking after our bodies. This is one of the reasons why running has become so popular – it’s a cheaper alternative to the gym, and you don’t feel so self-conscious while you’re doing it.

It might also surprise you to learn that running can be addictive, and this is why it’s good to get into a routine of doing it. Beating the pavement with your sneakers while listening to an awesome customized playlist is the perfect way of making sure you turn running into a more enjoyable activity. Another great idea is to get some books about running so you can increase your interest, as well as brushing up on your technique.

Born to Run – Christopher McDougall

This fascinating book reads much more like an epic movie than a non-fiction book. But, that hasn’t stopped the book becoming a global best-seller, and shifting close to three million copies! The book follows keen runner McDougall and his quest to master injury-free running by following the secret techniques of barefoot runners, the Tarahumara tribe. This is a compelling and really interesting read, and great for anyone who is looking to improve their technique.

Running & Being – Dr. George Sheehan

This is an excellent book from 1978, which became basically the running Bible for keen runners and exercise fanatics all over the world. George Sheehan gives the perfect encapsulation of a mid-life return to sport and covers the beauty and health benefits of running. It is also one of the best-known works to focus on the often underrated mental benefits of running, and how it is as good for the mind as it is for the body.

The Cool Impossible – Eric Orton

Eric Orton is a famed running coach who is well-known for helping people through injuries and rehabilitation. His book postulates that we are all born to run, and shows how anyone can don their sneakers and hit the tarmac, as long as they have the right kind of mentality. This is a really empowering and liberating book and one that every potential runner needs to have on their bookshelf. Orton also offers sage advice for those wanting running techniques and tips and looking for ways of improving their runs.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami

Japanese novelist Murakami is perhaps best-known for his surrealist novels like Norwegian Wood. But, in this book he takes a break from all of that to pen an ode to long distance running. Murakami went from being a 20 a day smoker, to competing in marathons after he took up long-distance running, and this book tells us how he managed it. It’s an excellent read, and slightly different look at the world of running, and how much it can affect us.

There are a ton of books out there about running, and the idea is to pick the ones that most appeal to you. There is so much to learn and experience from reading about other people’s running adventures and techniques. So, you need to make sure you doing as much as you can to check out these great books and expand you running knowledge.