Running is one of the most popular sports or physical activities that are fairly easy to get into. There is no complicated or highly technical skill you have to learn at the beginning. There is no gym membership required. All you need is weather appropriate running clothes and a good pair of socks and shoes and you can basically start anytime you want to. If you are looking for some inspirations to get into running, here are some of the best books you should have on your reading list.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
Born to run is a book that runners and non-runners alike can enjoy. Whether you are a seasoned runner who has run marathons and ultra-runs or a new runner or thinking about taking up running, this book’s vivid storytelling provides a compelling tale of life as a runner.
Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek
One of the hardest parts about taking up any sport or physical activity is getting started. There are a lot of possible excuses that could come up, especially for those who may think that their self-perceived lack of athleticism could be a barrier. In Eat & Run, ultrarunning champion Scott Jurek shares personal stories on the challenges and the lifestyle changes that have become part of his journey as a runner.
Running and Being: The Total Experience by George A. Sheehan
Running and being provides timeless insights not just on running but on lifelong fitness and the happiness and freedom that can be gained from the experience.
Running with the Buffaloes by Chris Lear
Running with Buffaloes takes a look into competitive running. But it casts a wide appeal and provides compelling tales that even recreational runners will enjoy. It depicts the highs and lows as well as the many challenges collegiate or competitive runners face.
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman
This book by Matthew Inman is a fun and engaging read. It takes a raw and honest look into running experiences that many people share.