If you think running is only for the athletic types or those who have the talent and stamina for it, think again! You can be the laziest couch potato now and still become a runner. Whether you are thinking of hitting the road alone soon or go running with friends, here are some of the most inspiring reads that will make you want to do it now.
Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr.
“Running to him was real; the way he did it the realest thing he knew. It was all joy and woe, hard as diamond; it made him weary beyond comprehension. But it also made him free.”
Why read it: This novel captures the struggles and the rewards of being an elite distance runner. While a work of fiction, there is nothing fictional about the rawness of the experiences that the main character faced as he pursues his dream and makes hard choices including training intensively in the countryside for a race that pits him against the best milers of his time.
Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside With Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, And The University Of Colorado Men’s Cross Country Team by Chris Lear
“In many ways, a race is analogous to life itself. Once it is over, it can not be re-created. All that is left are impressions in the heart, and in the mind.”
Why read it: Running with the Buffaloes provides a captivating glimpse into the training highs and lows of the University of Colorado cross-country team. It tells the story of the team as they train for the championship season. This is a beautiful tale of cross country runners and the hardships they have to endure to prepare for their races.
Having trouble finding the motivation to get on the fitness track? Here are some of the best running movies that will inspire you to lace up your shoes and head out for a run.
1. Chariots of Fire (1981)
Why watch it: Widely considered as one of the classic running movies ever made, Chariots of Fire is an award-winning film based on the story of two athletes and their journey to the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Scottish Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) is mainly motivated by his faith in God while Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) is an Englishman of Jewish descent to struggles with prejudice against Jews.
2. Forrest Gump (1994)
Why watch it: While not entirely focused on running, Forrest Gump showcased a compelling narrative around the activity. Watch as Gump run and cheer him on with chants of run, Forrest, run! This movie will make you think about the positive impact of running.
3. Spirit of the Marathon (2007)
Why watch it: If you have not experienced running the marathon, this film will make you seriously consider it. Spirit of the Marathon is the story of six runners preparing for the 2005 Chicago Marathon. It brilliantly captures the grit and determination of runners, especially those aspiring to run and finish a marathon.
4. The Jericho Mile (1979)
Why watch it: Actor Peter Strauss won an Emmy award for his brilliant performance The Jericho Mile. The film tells the story of Folsom Prison inmate and loner Larry Murphy (Strauss) who found solace in running and displayed remarkable determination to become of the top milers in the country.
5. Without Limits (1998)
Why watch it: Without Limits is one of the biographical movies based on the life of American runner Steve Roland “Pre” Prefontaine. It offers a glimpse to his early days as a runner and his relationship with legendary coach Bill Bowerman.