Something I don’t usually tell people is that I read everyday. Without fail. Just half an hour sends me to sleep straight away…although the amount I read does give way to one downfall: I don’t actually own many books. Paying £8.99 per week would leave me penniless so the library is the only option. However, I think it’s important to remember the good books, so I’ve put together my favourite running reads that I really do recommend.
Charlie Spedding: From First To Last
There’s not really a lot to say except that I love this book. It’s a short and easy read, but very, very motivational. Charlie documents his story from primary school to a London Marathon win and an Olympic medal.
The large majority of my running reads are written by ultra-marathoners. You might not think this type of racing is relevant to you, but honestly, give it a go. You’ll be surprised. Amazed. Ready to try an ultra yourself…almost.
Scott Jurek: Eat and Run
‘Run until you can’t run anymore. Then run some more. Find a new source of energy and will. Then run even faster.’ This book is raw, real and so very interesting. As well as winning the Western States 100 seven times in a row, Jurek details his journey through ultra-marathoning and vegan-ism.
Dean Karnazes: Ultra-Marathon Man
The Ultra Marathon Man himself definitely deserves a spot in this list. Two years ago I wrote a full review right here, and my view points still stand. This story is funny, yet incredible. Dean also has a couple of other books out which are also worth checking out.
We’ve got two books here that are genuinely educational, but not in the slightest way boring.
The Sports Gene- David Epstein
Prepared to be pretty much mind blown as you read about why potential reasons why Kenyas excel and the science behind the 10,000 hour rule. This book is a little denser than the others and it does take more concentration!
The Art of Running Faster
Written in an extremely easy-to-follow, informative manner, Goater and Melvin give excellent coaching and information on all aspects of running from cadence to training load to injury.
The Auto Biographies
I’ll assume that you’ve already read Mo Farah’s (who hasn’t!), and pick out a few of my favourites.
Running my Life- Seb Coe
Coming from a tiny club in Sheffield, Coe goes on to break 12 world records throughout his career. What I like best about autobiographies is when they give lots of information about what training was like from a young age, and this does just that.
My Story so far: Paula Radcliffe
Incredible. Have read this three times and still thoroughly enjoy it!
Swim, Bike, Run: Our Triathlon Story- Brownlee Brothers
In this book you hear both sides of the story: from Jonny, and from Alistair. I love the fact that some helpful guides to success are mixed in with the ‘autobiography’ nature of their journey.
Books I want to read…
I’ve copied in my ‘to-read’ below, just in case you’re wondering! I hope you have found this post useful- I’ll be back with the usual blog-style post next week 🙂