Sometimes I don’t listen to anything, sometimes music or podcasts, but mostly, I listen to audiobooks while I run. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. Running can take up a lot of time, and consequently, my reading time. I decided I couldn’t sacrifice either and combined them.
I find myself listening to a lot of books specifically about running. They are tales of incredible feats of the human body and spirit, and through this, they offer a fair bit of motivation and inspiration.
I hear a lot of runners ask what books other runners are reading, so I compiled a list of 20 running books that I have listened to. I rated them. See if you agree or disagree. You may find your next read or listen.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington
North by Scott Jurek and Jenny Jurek
My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
The Long Run by Matt Long
Trailhead by Lisa Jhung
Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong
Running Man by Charlie Engle
Going Long by various authors
The Long Run by Mishka Shubaly
Eat and Run by Scott Jurek
Meb for Mortals by Meb Keflezighi
Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald
Out There by David Clark
Run! by Dean Karnazes
Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr.
Opinions of books are usually quite personal. If you have read any of the books listed, let me know what you think of my ratings in the comments. I am open to discussing any of the books!