When I was heading into 5th grade, I entered a summer reading contest to see how many pages I could read before school began.
Before you laugh about how nerdy I was, let’s consider the prize for winning: a sleepover with five friends in the school’s library.
My real goal? To invite my girlfriend and get around that pesky “no girls at sleepovers” rule.
Following the rules was never one of my strong areas…
But I’m telling you this because that summer sparked a lifelong love of reading.
Now I buy more books than I can read. Just look at the stack of books in my office:
As the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mary Schmich once said:
Books are a discount ticket to anywhere.
And on the podcast, I ask my guests what they’re reading. Do runners only read running books? What other topics are they drawn to?
Books offer a unique window into the topics, ideas, and subjects that are important to people. Steve Kamb and I talked a lot about this in Episode 5 of the podcast.
And that’s the entire subject of today’s new podcast episode.
My Recommended Running Books
Today I want to present the books that I recommend for all runners. These are classics that shouldn’t be avoided for flashier titles.
They give you the foundation that’s necessary to inform your training, make better planning decisions, and understand how running works. There’s simply no better investment in your training (other than, perhaps, a coach!).
Episode 7 is a short one. Enjoy it.
- The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit from Social Psychology’s Most Powerful Insights
- Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future
- My conversation with Steve Kamb
- Strength Running’s free injury prevention series
- Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention
- Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury Free Running
- Run Faster From the 5k to Marathon: How to Be Your Own Best Coach
- Jack Daniels’ Running Formula: Programs and Strategies: 1500m to Marathon
- Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men’s XC Team
- Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
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