Run Inspired

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.