My blog this month, is all about running books. Which are the best for advice, most entertaining and motivational. Having read a fair few over the last 8 years, I can pick out my favourite 5 straight away. So here goes, Top of the Pops style countdown…………….
In at number 5 would be “Running Like a Girl” by Alexandra Heminsley. This is a heart-warming and hilarious account of one woman’s journey from couch and crisps to running marathons. It is an honest, funny read about the boredom of gyms and yoga, sports bras, underwear mishaps and toilet stops in the most inappropriate places. I absolutely loved it and was one of the first running related books I read when I first started the sport. It is also truly inspirational, and a must if you want a light hearted but motivational story.
At number 4 is “Don’t stop me now” by the running legend Vassos Alexander. This guy is modestly one of the best runners ever, and his account of starting with short runs and building up to marathons and ultras is truly astounding. It also features fascinating insights into how others first started, Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram and the Brownlee brothers, to name but a few. He brilliantly conveys the highs and lows of running, the joys and the pain.
At 3, is “Everything you need to know to train, race and more – Nell McAndrew’s Guide to running”.
A great visual, practical and insightful guide, which offer great tips, accurate up to date info, and experiences of everyday people you can easily identify with. It also offers advice on nutrition, and even running during and after pregnancy. Whatever your age or ability, it will help you make running part of your life.
Number 2 is “What I talk about when I talk about Running” by Haruki Murakami. Again, one of my favourites, I read this in my first year of running. He calmly and poetically discusses the sport in his unique way. A fascinating insight into one man’s memoir about his interest and participation in long distance.
And at Number 1 is “The Quotable Runner - Great moments of wisdom, inspiration, wrongheadedness and humour”. There is nothing quite like a motivational quote to get us runners into our trainers and out the door. Runner’s World mag said “keep this book close to you at all times. It can’t help but improve your spirits and your running”. A great one for inspiration, advice and humour.
So there you have it. So many books on running, mine included, albeit fictional (shameless plug there).
But if you fancy a good read on your holidays this year, this list is a good a place to start as any.