Our running streak continues! We’re back today with a list of the best books for new runners – books to inspire you, aid in your running, and entertain you! Both Carrie and I have been doing a lot of running lately, and it’s been a lot of fun to share that with y’all here – we hope you’ll feel inspired to lace up and start (or grow) your own running program.
Best Books for New Runners
The best part about running (besides how you feel afterwards) is that it’s free and you can do it almost anywhere. But it can be hard too…we know that! So we’ve put together some books to get you going or over that hump.
What are the best books for beginning runners?
I’m so glad you asked! As you know, we are big readers here at Carrie Elle and we have combined that passion with our newfound love for running to round up some of the best running books out there. Be sure to check out all of our running printables at the bottom of this post…w’ve got a bunch we think you’ll love!
Strong by Kara Goucher – More than just a memoir, this new release combines stories from Goucher’s professional running career (she is a two-time Olympian!) along with confidence techniques to amplify your running routine. Plus, it’s well-designed and beautiful!
The Complete Runner’s Day-by-Day Log 2019 Calendar – Are you a note-taker? It’s always a great idea to keep a brief journal of your runs so you can look back at them and see your progress. And sometimes if you’re running a lot, it can overrun your regular planner. Try this!
Let your Mind Run by Deena Kastor – This is a fantastic memoir about what victory and success look like for a runner – and it may surprise you. Both inspiring and insightful, you will love this book and walk away from it with a renewed fervor for running.
The Runner’s Brain – How to Think Smarter to Run Better by Dr. Jeff Brown – By far my favorite running book, this one delves into the psychology and brain anatomy of running in the most interesting way. It describes why running is so good for mental health, anxiety, and depression and discusses why positive self talk and affirmations are so important, especially for beginners (spoiler alert: feedback loops!). If you’re even a little into the psychology of running, you will love this!
Galloway’s 5k/10k Running by Jeff Galloway – Or basically anything by Jeff Galloway. He introduces the run-walk-run interval method which countless runners swear by for increasing performance and avoiding injury. If you start running long distances, you’re going to want to read this one.
There you go! The best running books for a beginning (or even an intermediate!) runner. I think you’ll find them to be both helpful and inspiring as you start or continue on your journey as a runner. And, bonus, they’re great epsom salt soak reading when you’re recovering from a good, hard run.
And be sure to check out these fun running printables, too – it’s way more fun to jog when you get to check it off your to-do list or put it in your planner.
These printable running stickers are a great way to plan your runs or track a completed one.
If you’re new to the Couch to 5K program, this printable C25K tracker is a fantastic way to chart your progress. It feels SO good to check those boxes off.