The Best Inspirational Books About Running

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This article showcases our top picks for the Inspirational Books About Running. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

This product was recommended by Tim Connon from ParamountQuote Insurance Advisors

I have read this book twice and it is so inspiring. This book helped motivate me to invest time into running and going to the gym I highly recommend it.

The Inner Runner by Jason R. Karp

This product was recommended by Andrew Adamo from Bullion Sharks

I have always had trouble calling myself a runner. Since I do not run marathons or even run consistently, I felt I was somehow less. This book changed that whole notion and helped me understand I am in fact a runner. Dr. Karp doesn’t tell you how to run or provide a training program, but instead he provides you with the motivation to run. He shows us how running can help us connect with nature and improve our mental health. This inward look will help you to find your internal motivation. Read this if you want to find your why and accept yourself for where you are at this moment!

The Maffetone Method by Philip Maffetone

This product was recommended by Davin Eberhardt from Biologic Performance

This book changed my outlook on cardio exercise. Instead of running myself into the ground (no-pain, no-gain attitude), Dr. Phil Maffetone made me aware of a way to exercise that was lower stress and fun and provided better results. In addition, building an aerobic base and using the diet tips in the book have forever changed my exercise routines and nutrition for the better.

Endure, by Alex Hutchinson

This product was recommended by Brian Clark from United Medical Education

In this book, Alex Hutchinson gives his scientific take and personal experience as a long-distance runner in chapters titled Pain, Muscle, Oxygen, Heat, Thirst, Fuel, and more. He also has collected multiple fascinating accounts and experiences of super runners such as polar explorers in Antarctica and gives his expert commentary on the obstacles they needed to face and the conditions they operated under. Rather than teaching how to increase your endurance, the writer goes into detail about factors that affect endurance and lists historical as well as cutting-edge clinical research regarding these factors. This book is a must for anyone interested in distance running and who wants to learn about endurance as a subject.

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

This product was recommended by Mark Joseph from Parental Queries

This book is not only an incredible story about one man’s journey to find the perfect running shoe but also a fascinating look at the history of running and the science behind why we do it.

Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn

This product was recommended by Mark Joseph from Parental Queries

If you want to learn what it takes to be a world-class runner, this is the book for you. Adharanand Finn spent months living and training with some of the best runners in the world, and he shares their stories and wisdom in this inspiring book.

Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.

This product was recommended by Mark Joseph from Parental Queries

This classic novel tells the story of Quenton Cassidy, a talented runner who is forced to give up his dream of competing in the Olympics due to an injury. However, he doesn’t give up on running altogether and goes on to become a successful coach.

The Runner’s Bible by Nora Dolm

This product was recommended by Brandon Wilkes from The Big Phone Store

If you’re looking for an inspirational book about running, look no further than The Runner’s Bible. This book covers everything from the basics of getting started with running to the advanced techniques used by professional runners. It also includes inspiring stories from some of the world’s most famous runners, such as marathon legend Steve Prefontaine. Whether you’re just getting started with running or you’re looking for some motivation to keep going, The Runner’s Bible is the perfect book for you.

A Runner’s High by Dean Karnazes

This product was recommended by Staci Holweger from LifePatches

A Runner’s High: My Life in Motion is the perfect motivational tool for beginning runners. Through the use of short stories and inspirational quotes, the author breaks down the process of being a runner, including how to deal with running injuries, what to eat, and how to stay motivated. This book is perfect for any beginning runner who needs that extra boost to stay on track.

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal

This product was recommended by Kevin Harris from NANBF

This is a great book for all runners and non-runners to read. Nobody likes people harping on about running, the importance of exercise, fitness, etc, but Inman does this in such a clever, funny way that you don’t feel like you’re being preached to at all! This is a very witty, quick read and a great introduction to running for those who have never tried it before. It’s also great for those who do run but have lost motivation, but also for those who run like clockwork without fail. It’s wonderfully relatable and will have you reaching for your running shoes in no time.

Running On Empty by S. E. Durrant

This product was recommended by Erin Beers from Mrs Beers ELA

An inspiring fiction read for young runners and athletes. I am a middle school ELA teacher and my students enjoyed rooting for the main character (AJ) as he finds emotional strength through running after the loss of his grandfather.

Jog On by Bella Mackie

This product was recommended by Christel Oerum from Diabetes Strong

I loved how this book was approached from a perspective of positivity and personal growth, rather than a scientific and matter-of-fact narrative that simply tells you the health benefits of running. The author’s personal narrative is startlingly honest, which truly helps the reader to understand how running can benefit humans – both physically and mentally. As someone who is already in a health-focused mindset, this book managed to make me even more inspired to take care of my body!

Running Log Book by Frank Wells Junior

This product was recommended by Mamoona Anjum from Wellyx

This running log book, filled with motivational quotes, will inspire you to run first thing in the morning. Tracking your runs may take some extra effort initially, but after a few weeks, you’ll see the benefits of sticking with it. This book will help you in achieving your goals fast and will also help you in improving your fitness and ability.

Your Pace or Mine? by Lisa Jackson

This product was recommended by Mamoona Anjum from Wellyx

Your pace or mine is an inspirational book that helps new runners afraid of being last. This book is for anyone who longs to feel the sense of connection and accomplishment that running provides, whether you’re a nervous novice or a seasoned marathoner dreaming of an ultramarathon. Your Pace or Mine? It is a story about how tenacity triumphed over a lack of talent. It is proof that running isn’t about the time you put in but the time you have!

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