When I'm not out running and want to relax, I can often be found reading a running book. This isn't a list of training manuals and technical books, but a list of inspiring stories, memoirs, incredible adventures from amazing athletes with a few books to improve the mental side of your running. This list is only compiled of books I've actually read and will be continually updated.

Eat & Run by Scott Jurek

Scott Jurek is an incredible ultrarunner who has achieved some amazing feats, such as winning the Western States 100 seven times in a row. This is an inspiring book where he discusses his life, race career and fuelling his running with a plant-based diet. This book certainly played a huge role in me deciding to follow a plant-based diet.

Buy it at https://amzn.to/2m6cmrQ

North by Scott Jurek

Scott Jurek broke the Appalachian Trail FKT in 2015, he covered all 2189 miles of it in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. This books recounts his FKT attempt complete with all the highs and lows along the way, recounting the perseverance and personal transformation needed to get to the finish. A great read that will have you wanting to hit the trails.

Buy it at https://amzn.to/2KYeRum

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Christopher McDougall asking his doctor "Why does my foot hurt?" takes him to Mexico’s Copper Canyons where the Tarahumara Indians live, a tribe who can run hundreds of miles without rest all while wearing sandals. The book recounts a race in the Copper Canyons betweens America’s best and the Tarahumara tribe. 

Buy it at https://amzn.to/2ui0vdY

Rich Roll: Finding Ultra

On the night before he turned 40, nearly 50 pounds overweight and an alcoholic, Rich Roll was unable to climb the stairs without stopping. He began to turn things around after getting sober and following a plant-based diet, he went on to become an incredible endurance athlete that conquered the EPIC5 - 5 Ironman-Distance triathlons on 5 different Hawaiian islands in under a week.

Buy it at https://amzn.to/2ubEe2m