If we’re not out running, the next best thing is reading a book about running. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite running books by women authors to inspire you, motivate you and maybe teach you something you didn’t already know.
Best books about running: memoirs
Where There’s a Hill
By Sabrina Verjee
The story of one woman, 214 Lake District fells, four attempts and one record-breaking Wainwrights run.
Choosing to Run: A Memoir
By Des Linden
The 2018 Boston Marathon champion talks us through her career highs and lows, from starting out to winning Boston.
By Sabrina Pace-Humphreys
A memoir exploring trauma, identity, mental health, addiction and ultra running.
Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn’t Built for Us
By Alison Mariella Desir
It saved Desir’s life, but here she explores how running for exercise isn’t open to everyone.
Good for a Girl: My Life Running in a Man’s World
By Lauren Fleshman
The memoir from the American distance runner challenges us all to do better for girls and women runners.
The Longest Race: Inside the Secret World of Abuse, Doping, and Deception on Nike’s Elite Running Team
By Kara Goucher with Mary Pilon
Goucher’s experiences of speaking out about one of the biggest names in running.
Best books about running: advice
The Ten Pillars of Success: Secret Strategies of High Achievers
Dr Josephine Perry
Allen & Unwin
A practical guide to success from Sport psychologist Dr Josephine Perry.
Cook, Eat, Run: Cook fast, boost performance with 70 ultimate recipes for runners
Quadrille Publishing Ltd
A collection of simple recipes suitable for athletes of all abilities, including some from elite runners including Sara Hall, Kara Goucher and Molly Huddle.
run Well: Essential health questions and answers for runners
By Dr Juliet McGrattan
Answering many of the common health questions that runners ask.
Now you’ve added a few new titles to your reading list, how about kicking back and watching one of our favorite running films?