I am making a conscious effort to “unplug” more often and engage in activities that will promote relaxation. For me, this means challenging myself to indulge in some good books (“good” often times meaning running or health related). In the spirit of scrolling less and reading more, here are some of my favorites that I wanted to share with you all.
I read this book a few years ago and absolutely loved it. It is based off of the Runner’s World blog posts written by contributing editor Kristen Armstrong (who, by the way, was previously married to Lance Armstrong) and chronicles her adventures both in running and life. This book really resonated with me because Kristen is able to articulate how running both changes and challenges us as individuals, as well as shapes our relationships with others.
2. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Christopher McDougall)
This book was brought to my attention by a colleague (who knows of my love for all things running). Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down! I have never run an ultra marathon (yet) but I was able to find myself relating to many of the stories contained therein.
The premise of the book is that McDougall has taken it upon himself to find out why the Tamahumara tribe has been seemingly able to challenge all conventional wisdom and run countless miles without injury. This book definitely helped to transform my relationship with running. All too often we overcomplicate things with our devices, data, tracking, and the like. This book really capitalizes on the simplicity and pureness that running can (and should) be.
3. The Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration, A Year of Motivation, Revelation, and Inspiration (Kevin Nelson)
This book contains a short passage for each day, ending with a daily resolution. I am a huge fan of these types of books, as they don’t take long to read, but provide enough motivation to keep with you (both in getting out the door and for the remainder of the day).
One of the few fiction books focusing nearly exclusively on running! Once a Runner, and its sequel Again to Carthage, are must reads for all runners. Taking place during the Vietnam era, the story chronicles a collegiate runner seeking to break the elusive four-minute mile. Spoiler Alert: One of the workouts that takes place in preparation for this feat is 60x400m! Even if you have never run competitively, both of these books are well worth the read.
5. Personal Record, A Love Affair With Running (Rachel Toor)
This is another book that chronicles how running becomes interwoven in nearly every aspect of our lives. From the sometimes mundane day-to-day training to the personal bests, this book captures much of the spirit of what it means to be a runner. Toor may already be a familiar name to you as well – she writes for Running Times!
Are there any books that I missed? What are some of your must reads? What else do you do aside from reading when you are trying to unplug?