Running Inspiration for Your Half-Marathon Training: Must-Read Books

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If you love to run, we bet that you will love reading books about running. Reading about other runner’s experiences can be both inspiring and educational. There are hundreds of running books out there, that cover a range of topics and experiences, so if you’re wondering where to start, we’ve put together our favorite picks.

Born to Run, Christopher McDougall – This one has become a cult classic among minimalist running enthusiasts. Additionally, it gives a great history on the development of running since the 1970s, the running shoe industry, and how humans have evolved to run.

Once A Runner, John L. Parker – Recently re- released and reprinted in 2009, this classic running story from the 1970s masterfully illustrates the hard work and dedication that is required of elite runners.

My Life on the Run, Bart Yasso – This is a great book for those who aspire to be “runners for life.” Bart Yasso has run over 1,000 competitive races so far in his career, and he gives advice on how you can continuously draw joy from running. The book gives advice for 5-Ks, half-marathons, and marathon training schedules.

Run to Overcome, Meb Keflezighi – This book follow’s Meb Keflezighi’s inspiring story of his amazing running feats such as winning the New York City Marathon in 2009 and his rise up to the top as an American runner. The book describes how he overcame fracturing his pelvis and dealt with a teammate’s death. Despite all odds, Meb persevered.
26 Miles to Boston: The Boston Marathon Experience – Michael Connelly: If you’ve ever aspired to run the Boston Marathon, this is the book for you. The journey profiles the mile-by-mile sights and sounds of the world’s oldest and most iconic marathon. A must-read for all Boston aspirants and for those who have run the race.

Ultramarathon Man, Dean Karnazes – Even if you never plan to run anything longer than a half-marathon, this story will inspire you and give you a whole new appreciation for the limits of human endurance.

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