Five books perfect for those taking up running

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There are many reasons why we take up running. For some of us, it’s the alone time; a chance to relax and reflect on the day. For others, it’s to get fit, while many of us also use it to combat the likes of addiction.

Running is often prescribed by medical professionals to help combat a number of mental health problems from depression to addiction, and visit any alcohol rehab and you’ll find exercise a key part of the recovery plan. It’s the perfect hobby for anyone that’s looking to clean up their life and get that bit healthier though, and it can become a real bug.

Many people live, sleep and breathe running not long after getting started, and there are some great books out there to enjoy, particularly if you are new to the hobby. So, if that’s you, here are five great books to read and get you pounding the streets in no time…

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

This fascinating book explores the secrets of the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico, known for their incredible running abilities. Born to Run tells the story of a group of ultra-runners who travel to Mexico to learn from the Tarahumara and compete in a 50-mile race. Along the way, they discover the power of barefoot running and the importance of community in running.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a memoir by Haruki Murakami, a celebrated Japanese author and runner. In the book, Murakami reflects on his own experiences with running, including his training for marathons and ultra-marathons. He also explores the connections between running, writing, and creativity, offering insights into how running can benefit other aspects of life.

Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running by Danny Dreyer

Perfect for runners who want to improve their technique and prevent injuries, Chi Running offers a holistic approach to running, incorporating principles of tai chi and mindfulness into running practice. The author, Danny Dreyer, provides detailed instructions and illustrations to help runners achieve optimal alignment, balance, and relaxation in their running.

The Complete Book of Running by James F. Fixx

This classic guidebook is for runners of all levels. Originally published in 1977, the book has been updated and revised over the years to reflect the latest advances in running science and technology. The book covers everything from basic training principles to nutrition, injury prevention, and racing strategies.

Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley

Running Like a Girl is a memoir by Alexandra Heminsley, a writer and runner based in the UK. The book chronicles her journey from a self-described “exercise-phobe” to a marathon runner. Along the way, she shares her insights and advice on how to overcome mental and physical barriers to running, as well as the joys and challenges of being a female runner in a male-dominated sport.

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