Audiobooks on the Run

Sometimes I don’t listen to anything, sometimes music or podcasts, but mostly, I listen to audiobooks while I run. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. Running can take up a lot of time, and consequently, my reading time. I decided I couldn’t sacrifice either and combined them.

I find myself listening to a lot of books specifically about running. They are tales of incredible feats of the human body and spirit, and through this, they offer a fair bit of motivation and inspiration.

I hear a lot of runners ask what books other runners are reading, so I compiled a list of 20 running books that I have listened to. I rated them. See if you agree or disagree. You may find  your next read or listen.

5 Stars

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

A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington

North by Scott Jurek and Jenny Jurek

My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

4 Stars

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Poverty Creek Journal by Thomas Gardner

The Long Run by Matt Long

Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes

Trailhead by Lisa Jhung

Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong

Running Man by Charlie Engle

Going Long by various authors

3 Stars

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The Long Run by Mishka Shubaly

Eat and Run by Scott Jurek

Meb for Mortals by Meb Keflezighi

Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald

2 Stars

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Out There by David Clark

Run! by Dean Karnazes


Natural Born Runners by Christopher McDougall

Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr.

Opinions of books are usually quite personal. If you have read any of the books listed, let me know what you think of my ratings in the comments. I am open to discussing any of the books!

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