Great Books that Motivate

Hi everyone!  Its Wednesday, but I decided to switch away from the Wednesday Can’ts into Cans series.  I would like to intersperse them wherever they seem right, instead of locking in to Wednesdays.

So, seeing as I am in summer reading mode at the moment, I thought I would do a post about books.  A little beach reading with a side of fitness motivation is a win-win, right?

I LOVE to read, and I am especially into nonfiction lately (which is a surprise because I majored in English in college and have typically been a nonfiction person).

1. Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider

This was my beach/plane read on my recent Florida trip.  This book was more motivational for my eating than for my fitness.  There is a whole section on how Tsh, the author, tried to make her family more intentional about their eating after some time living in Turkey, where fresh, local food was easily accessible.  Above all, this book motivated me in my life.  My favorite quote from the book, although simple, was “Live the life you long for” (pg. xix).  This is something I have really been trying to do.  I loved reading this book and highlighted a TON of parts on my Kindle.  By the way, I happened to catch the Kindle version on sale for only $3, so keep an eye out!

2. Marathon: You Can Do It! by Jeff Galloway

As you could probably guess, I read this book while I was marathon training last year at the suggestion of my doctor.  This book is FULL of great information.  Galloway supports a run-walk-run program, which I followed religiously when I ran the marathon.  I strongly believe his plan is the only way I made it through that marathon with serious shin splints (probably a stress fracture) and very little running in the four weeks prior.  If nothing else, be sure to follow @JeffGalloway on Twitter.  He often tweets great tips for runners of all levels.

3. Kara Goucher’s Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons by: (you guessed it!) Kara Goucher

I am a huge fan of Kara Goucher, and I got up at the crack of dawn to watch her run the marathon at the London Olympics.  🙂  I also read this book in the midst of marathon-training-fever, and it was so helpful, and entertaining.  Each chapter starts with a story of her own, which I really enjoyed.  It was a relaxing mix of information and narrative, and I also enjoyed the fact that it was for women.  Kara is a great motivator, and her writing helped bring me down to Earth when I needed it.

4. Mile Markers: 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run by Kristin Armstrong

I will venture to say that this is my favorite book (aside from The Outsiders and Little Women, but, really, how could you compete with those?) ever.  It is written as a series of vignettes about all aspects of running.  Each chapter has a theme, and it is, simply put, an absolute joy to read.  I loved every minute of it.  If you are a runner, ever were a runner, or have ever considered being a runner, read this book.  It is seriously fantastic.  The only negative thing I can say about it is that, at times, I couldn’t decide if I should put the book down and go for a run or keep reading.  🙂

They ended up being largely running-based, but there are some of my favorite motivational books.

Anyone read any of these books and want to chime in?

Which book(s) would you add to the list?  I am always looking for new reading material!

*Book links are affiliate links to Amazon.  All opinions and book selections are my own.*



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