Want to start running or already logging miles? These are the best books about running for when you need a motivation boost. 

By Amanda Parrish Morgan
October 31, 2018
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In those golden weeks when the oppressive humidity of summer has lifted but the temperature hasn’t yet dipped below freezing, runners seem to come out of hibernation, taking to the streets logging miles in preparations for local 5ks or major marathons in cities from Chicago to New York. With its simultaneous technical simplicity (even non-runners have run) and figurative richness, long distance running is an iconic fall sport.

Whether you’re new to the sport or already regularly hitting the pavement, these five books about running are as varied in style and tone as runners are in speed. Read on for some motivation.

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