Runner's Book Club: Some of our favorite books for runners

Runner's Book Club: Some of our favorite books for runners

Running is not just a physical activity, it is a way of life that requires mental and emotional strength. Whether you are a seasoned runner or just starting out, books can provide you with invaluable knowledge, inspiration, and motivation. We thought it would be fun to introduce you to five great books for runners that will help you improve your training, enhance your mental game, and deepen your appreciation for this incredible sport. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall: This best-selling book is a must-read for anyone interested in running. It follows the author's journey to Mexico's Copper Canyons to learn about the Tarahumara tribe, who are known for their incredible running abilities. McDougall shares the secrets of their success, and provides readers with valuable insights into the science of running.

  2. "Endure" by Alex Hutchinson: Endurance is a critical component of running, and this book delves deep into the science behind it. Hutchinson explores the limits of human endurance, including how the mind and body interact during long-distance races. He also offers practical advice on how to push through the pain and stay motivated when the going gets tough.

  3. "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" by Haruki Murakami: This memoir is a unique and captivating take on the sport of running. Murakami, a renowned author, reflects on his experiences as a runner and how it has impacted his life and writing. The book is a perfect blend of personal anecdotes and philosophical musings that will inspire all runners.

  4. "Run Forever" by Amby Burfoot: This amazing and digestible read is almost so practical that if can change your outlook on running forever... hence the name! Explore Burfoot's perspective on a using running as a source for joy as he presents each chapter with practical advice and wisdom.  

  5. "Run Fast. Eat Slow." by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky: Nutrition is a critical component of running, and this book offers a unique perspective on how to fuel your body for optimal performance. Flanagan, an Olympic marathoner, and Kopecky, a chef, share their favorite recipes and nutrition tips to help runners stay healthy, energized, and strong. This is also a great gift for runners who are interested in some amazing home cooked meals!

In conclusion, these five great books for runners offer valuable insights and inspiration for runners of all levels. From exploring the science of endurance to finding lifelong perspective through the sport, these books offer something for everyone. So, if you're looking to take your running to the next level or just need a little extra motivation, pick up one of these books and get ready to be inspired!

Keep going.