Let me start saying that this is NOT your typical books for runners list.
I think that running helps us become better people, and not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
When you are a runner you suffer. You push yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of.
You have ups and downs, good days and bad days. You get cranky after a bad race or when you get injured.
So, I think that a runner needs a lot more than just “pure” running books where you learn stuff about training or nutrition, or tips for running a marathon.
You also need books on personal development, on how to overcome obstacles, on how to handle your emotions. Books that inspire you, biographies with incredible stories, so that they can motivate you the next time you don’t want to get out of the bed for training.
I’ve read every one of these books, and each one of them has helped me become a better runner.
I hope this list of books for runners do the same for you.
There is no particular order for this list. Start with the one you feel you need more right now. Buy it today, start reading it today and become a better runner as of today.
Don’t wait for the perfect time to do it, nor spend hours reading reviews and pondering on which one to read first. Just do it. Pick one and start reading.
My 10 Favorite Books for Runners
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen – Christopher McDougall
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness – Scott Jurek
Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss – Dean Karnazes
The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph – Ryan Holiday
Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success – Benjamin P. Hardy
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise – Anders Ericsson
No Limits: The Will to Succeed – Michael Phelps
The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive – James A. Afremow
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One – Dr. Joe Dispenza
Iron Cowboy – Redefine Impossible – James Lawrence
There you go!!
Do you think I’m missing a book for runners that should be added to the list?
Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it to this list.