Movies give me that quick hit of inspiration when I need a push to get out the door. Books, on the other hand, provide me with so much more than that. Yes they are motivating, but the stories the authors share also give me more knowledge, insight and appreciation than a two hour film can. The lessons learned and wisdom gained can be carried into all areas of my life, not just running.
Biographies are my preferred style of book, following an athlete from humble beginnings to the top of their game. It doesn't matter to me that the authors are not accomplished writers, that they aren't going to win any literary awards. I just want to listen to their story, to hear how they went from a "regular" life to elite almost by accident. They often aren't born into super-sporty families, there was never any inkling that they could achieve incredible feats. But life took them down a path that allowed them to discover a hidden talent, and they took full advantage of this to become the best that they could be.
Below I have listed the books in the running and adventure genre that I have personally read, in no particular order. Each is accompanied by a brief review of my thoughts after reading each book. For more details on what stories are about, see Google. There are roughly a thousand more books on my to-read list, and I will update this page as I get through them. If you have a personal favourite that you think I should check out, feel free to send me a message with your recommendation. Happy reading!
Running & Adventure Biographies