Bookshelf

If there were to be an official and recognised scale to rate a person’s ability to read, I’d be at the bottom, category ‘useless’. It’s ever so frustrating too as I enjoy it, but there’s something about the process that wears me out. I physically can’t read for long before getting tired, regardless of the time of day and my well-being, whether I’m wearing my glasses or not. The only manner in which I can turn the final page of a book is to read in short chunks and hope I don’t lose the flow. Trickier at night when many hours pass before the book returns to my hand.

Still, that said, I’ve managed to plough on through several running books and I find them incredibly motivating. Learning about great feats of human endurance, monumental achievements and with some bitter consequences of pushing too hard makes me realise that I can do more than I realise.

Anyway, my running book journey starts below, don’t expect book reviews, it’s just a list with a few comments. I’ll update this periodically.

Can’t Hurt Me : Master Your Mind and Defeat the Odds by David Goggins (Audible)

I certainly recommend the Audio version of this as the author and David Goggins review each chapter, it’s sort of like listening to a podcast. This adds greater detail to the chapters and puts the true voice behind the stories.

Epic Runs of the World by Lonely Planet Guide

Pick it up and fan open to any page to see stunning pictures and learn of global events. As you would expect many of the famous routes are covered but it’s not those you want to learn about it’s the others. A weighty book and ideal coffee table addition as it appeals to non-runners too.

Born to Run: The hidden tribe, the ultra-runners, and the greatest race the world has never seen by Christopher McDougall

The book that nearly every runner has read. If you haven’t, you certainly need to add it to your list.

Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn

Uplifting the entire family to Kenya the author trains alongside the future champions in Iten. An enjoyable read and education for people new to running and its history.

The Way of the Runner: A journey into the fabled world of Japanese running by Adharanand Finn

Another family uplift to Japan for 6 months on the story of Ekiden running and the corporate pressures. The author finds time to track down one of the monks of Mount Hiei, the quest is to run 1,000 marathons in 1,000 days to reach enlightenment.

The Rise of the Ultra Runners: A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance by Adharanand Finn

Highly addictive to read with humour that resonates with me. Aside of the author’s journey to the UTMB, the political element to point scoring for entry, it’s the stories in the build up I enjoyed the most.

Runner by Lizz Hawker

If there’s ever a book about Himalayan running then this is the one. Quite a remarkable story of endurance and personal goals.

Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall

On the ‘to read’ list.

Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America by Marshall Ulrich

On the ‘to read’ list.

Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America’s Greatest Marathon by John Brant

On the ‘to read’ list.

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek

On the ‘to read’ list.