Will you be joining me and over 40,000 other runners at Vancouver’s 2017 Sun Run on April 23rd?
If you’re training for the Sun Run or another run this Spring, you may need a bit of inspiration to stick with your program every now and again. Find motivation in a great runner’s memoir or enjoy a novel with a running theme for a creative look at the runner’s psyche. Many of the titles I recommend are available on audio – listen while you run!
Alternatively, if you join Richmond Public Library with the Running/Walking Book Club idea floated by Meghan Savage on this blog last month, these titles could be useful fodder for accompanying booklists.
- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
- Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder
- The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
- The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe
- Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run by Kristin Armstrong
- Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports by Kathrine Switzer
- The Oatmeal’s The Great and Terrible Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman
- Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.
- Paula My Story So Far by Paula Radcliffe
- Run or Die by Kilian Jornet
- Runner: A Short Story About a Long Run by Lizzy Hawker
- Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley
- Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
- Running Uphill by Fil Fraser
- Run to Overcome: The Inspiring Story of an American Champion’s Long-Distance Quest to Achieve a Big Dream by Meb Keflezighi
- Tales from Another Mother Runner by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea
- Terry by Douglas Coupland
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- What I Talk About When I talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
- Why We Run A Natural History by Bernd Heinrich
PS The Barkley Marathons finished yesterday with a heartbreaker of an outcome for North Vancouver’s Gary Robbins. If you haven’t already watched the documentary, The Barkley Marathons, it is a highly bizarre yet incredibly compelling slice of the running life in which books are involved in the race.