The Best Jogging Books To Inspire Action

We all know that one of the best ways to get fit is through jogging, but how many of us have tried it out and failed. Could it be that we need the right mental models to think like a runner in order to become a runner.

If you’ve ever tried to get into jogging seriously and failed maybe it’s because you were not thinking how a jogger thinks. There is a theory that thought lead to emotions and emotions lead to actions.

Next time before your grudgingly pull on your running sneakers and try to force yourself around the block why don’t you first try to fill your head with the right thoughts about running, and where better to find those thoughts then straight from successful runners mouths.

Here at Squeaky Clean we are aware that christmas is coming soon and not long after that we’ll be in January and new years resolutions will be flying about. So we decided to check out some of the best jogging books to try to get inspired for the coming new year.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Chris McDougall’s book born to run is a hugely influential book. It tells the story of human tribes that hunt down their pray by endurance running and literally running their prey all day until it’s exhausted. This book inspired a whole barefoot running movement. Essential reading for any serious runner.

Let’s Go Baby: A Family Across The Finish Line – Emily Adams

Heidi Jacobs tells her  personal story of how she overcame post natal depression by getting back into running with her baby in a stroller, and how her jogging stroller events have helped countless mums to get active again after childbirth. This is a short book but I found Heidi’s story very touching and inspiring. The book is self published and available for free download on her website.

My Best Race: 50 Runners and the Finish Line They’ll Never Forget – Chris Cooper

 If you want to run well you need the right mindset. In this collection of stories we hear from 50 runners about the best races they have run in their life. The runners come from diverse backgrounds and ran different types of races but the stories all cover the important subject of mindset. If you want to think like a runner then reading this book will get you half way there before you even leave your sofa. Don’t be surprised if you jump up and start running once you have finished it. Inspiring stuff!

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami

 Murakami is one of the most celebrated authors alive today and his novels are loved by many all over the world. This book which is obsensibly on the subject or running and training for mathathons is so much more than that. Murakami talks about writing novels and about life using running as a vehicle to delve into these deeper subects.

If you are a runner yourself you will recognise the challange that Marakami describes they are common place but few athetes will also have the linguistic talent to descibe the subjects so elequently.

The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life – Amby Burfoot

 In life, if something in not growing it’s dying. In the runners meaning of life running is seen as a refusal to be stopped. The runners personal battle to keep going even when their body and mind is screaming at them to stop is a victory over life. Keep moving. Keep living.


Runners do think differently from your average couch potato and if you want to turn into a successful runner you will need to learn to start thinking like one sooner or later. Better start now and make your transition to jogger easier with the right mental models. 

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