Books on Running

Here are some amazing books on running and motivation that I turn to when I want to get better or just need that little bit of extra motivation. Links to buy the books are included in case any strike your fancy.

The Courage to Start

This book by John Bingham is a new runner's motivation bible. It will inspire you to keep on running no matter how out of place you feel.

Run Like a Mother, How to Get Moving and Not Lose Your Family, Job or Sanity

This book is the work of two gifted Mommy runners, Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. It is full of inspirational advice and practical strategies to help busy, multitasking women keep running as part of their lives. It will have you both laughing and crying.

Train Like a Mother, How to Get Across Any Finish Line and Not Lose Your Family, Job or Sanity

This is the second book from Run Like a Mother authors, Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. It covers all aspects of training for a 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon. If you loved their first book, you'll love this one as well. Read my post review here.

Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

This book is the amazing story of a runner in search of a mysterious tribe of natural runners. It will captivate you from the very beginning and make you want to explore your own running ability. I assure you that you won't want to put it down once you start.

A Race Like No Other

If you are contemplating (or registered) for the New York City Marathon, "A Race Like No Other" is an absolute MUST! It will motivate you to train and enjoy every moment of the marathon whether you are a veteran marathoner or tackling your first marathon course.

Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run

In this book, Runner's World contributing editor Kristin Armstrong shares the many compelling reasons that women run. It will inspire you to keep on running for all the right reasons. Read my post review here.

Galloway's Book on Running

Jeff Galloway is the king of running and his book can help you get started running or improve your running ability. He's known especially for his run-walk method that will help you run long distances for your entire life. For more detailed training plans visit his website at

The Non-Runner's Marathon Guide For Women

This humorous and witty guide for the non-running woman is full of great tips for the marathon novice. If you are thinking of running your first marathon, but don't consider yourself a runner yet, this book is for you.

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