There are so many great reads out there and if you are anything like me and many other runners I know, you can't have enough information, things to try or good stories to talk about. Here are a few of the reasons I think reading will make you a better runner (better often means simply being motivated to do it).
- The more you learn the more things you can try to find out what works for you. And as I always say, the key is to find out what works for you, because we are all different. My favorite training book is called Advanced Marathoning. I have referred back to it many times to refresh or simply to get ideas to change up my routine.
- Learning new things to try keeps it interesting. If we stay interested we will stay in the game. It also gives you new things to share with your running friends, so you might actually help them too.
- Reading can motivate you to get you off your ass. I remember reading Ultra Marathon Man years ago after seeing Dean Karnases running his 50 in 50. I told myself and my then girlfriend (Tani) that if this guy can do what he is doing, I can certainly get out of bed and run a few miles a day. Less than two years after that comment I ran my first Ultra.
- Inspirational pieces like Matt Long's "The Long Run" or Lance Armstrong's "It's Not About The Bike" come to mind. These kinds of books just make me say "Yes". I get goosebumps and just want to get out there and do something cool and fun feeling so inspired by these incredible come backs.