Successful Running Takes Knowledge
There’s more to running than just putting on a pair of shoes and hitting the pavement. Running takes training, discipline, and --believe it or not-- knowledge. Did you know that humans are one of the few species on earth that can run long distances for long periods? It’s true! That’s how we use to track and hunt our prey back in the caveman days. Having the knowledge and history of running at your disposal will help you realize that you humans are capable of achieving incredible milestones
There are plenty of resources to pull from when you’re looking to expand your running knowledge. It’s essential to continually learn and research a sport you’re taking up. This knowledge could help you prevent injury, or even help you overcome a training hurdle. Runners also have an unbeatable life philosophy that you’ll pick up. We’re going to tell you about some of our favorite sources.
Books to Get You Moving
There are plenty of books out there that talk about running. Some of them have various training outlines; others focus on philosophy. We love Dr. Jack Daniels’ Running Formula.This book consists of specific training designed to take your running to the next level. There are also various workouts for beginners and race-specific training to help you get ready for your next 10k.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen is a fantastic book written by Christopher McDougall. This book taps into the running philosophy that powers so many people’s lives. The book follows the Tarahumara Indians, who can run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. Christopher McDougall sets out to discover the secret to this group’s running secrets.
Haruki Murakami pens a beautiful running memoir in his masterpiece, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir. This book describes running as “a journey into yourself” and encourages new runners to lace up and start an adventure.
Movies That Will Motivate You
We couldn’t talk about running movies without mentioning Chariots of Fire. This Oscar-winning film captures running excellently and straightforwardly. The film’s theme song, entitled, “Chariots of Fire” plays in the head of anyone running along the water on a beach. This is the movie you have to see if you’re looking for a quintessential running movie.
Without Limits is a film about the running prodigy Pre Fontaine. The film explores his life and running career. You’ll be inspired by someone who inspires so many each day. Pre Fontaine is someone you should get to know if you want to get into running.
If you’re looking for a comedy, Brittany Runs a Marathon is a great Saturday night film for runners just getting into the game. After receiving unsettling news from a doctor, Brittany commits to improving her health through running. She commits to running one of the country's biggest races, the New York City Marathon, and hilarity and determination ensue. You’re going to relate to this film.
YouTube Channels To Get You Ready
Believe it or not, there are YouTubers dedicated to running, and a few of these YouTube Channels have valuable information for any beginner. Plus, you can watch YouTube videos from anywhere! The Run Experience is a great Channel that a lot of runners flock to. This channel has good how-to videos, healthy diet tips, and exercise demos for your off days. You don’t have to be a seasoned runner to benefit from these videos.
Do you want to train with a former Olympian? Then check out C Tolle Run. This channel features videos from Olympian Carrie Tollefson. This channel focuses more on runners' lifestyle philosophy and is designed to give you a glimpse into the life of a professional athlete. Unline The Run Experience, Carrie also interviews runners at prestigious races around the globe. She also shares training tips, and also suggests gifts for the runner in your life.
Looking for “sage running advice from a pro?” Then take a look at VO2MAX Productions. The channel is hosted by runner Sage Canaday, a mountain-ultra-marathon-trail runner. VO2MAX Production's primary focus is professional distance running tips and advice. The channel also has a lot of other videos discussing strength training, injury prevention, and nutrition.
As you’re already learning, running is more than shoes and sweat. These resources will help you learn more about the mental and even spiritual aspects of running. There’s a reason people get addicted to running, and it’s the philosophy that lights that fire. You’re going to find so many more resources throughout your running journey. Are there other books, movies, or YouTube Channels that you like to use along with your training? Comment below and let us know.