Run Less, Run Faster and the associated phone app have been my go to during marathon training. You technically do not need the book to use the app, but I nevertheless really enjoyed reading it. It allowed me to understand the purpose of each type of run recommended for the training. It is also thanks to this book that I re-evaluated my marathon goals, allowing me to set some realistic ones and fully embrace the training process as a result.
Accidental Athlete* is a very short read about the personal running journey of the author, Stephanie Atwood. Stephanie shares with us how running has given her confidence and how she in turns try to give confidence to others via running and forming a running group. Kinda what I am trying to do myself! I particularly liked this quote.
You owe it to yourself to also use this gift of athleticism. The distance you run is not the issue. How fast you run doesn’t matter. That you get out and maintain your well-being; that you run to show your appreciation for the ability to move; that you realize how much better you will be, for yourself and for those around you, when you take care of yourself through exercise, these are the things that matter!
I’ve mentioned a couple of times how grateful I am to be able to run and this summarises it perfectly.
Running Like a Girl is also an autobiographical running journey, as well as a guide on how to start running. Alexandra writes very honestly about her journey from a non-runner to a marathon runner. I read this book shortly after running the Paris marathon and I have to admit that I shed a few tears while reading it as I could relate so much to Alexandra’s race recap.
Next on my list is What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami, which I have read good reviews about. Let me know if you have any other recommendations!
Do you like reading about running or any other sports you enjoy doing?
*PR sample, all opinions are my own