Inspiring books to read this autumn

Autumn has only just began and already the nights are longer and colder, but the change in weather makes it the perfect opportunity to spend more time indoors, curled up with an inspiring book. Over the last few months I’ve been reading lots of books that have really inspired me and had an influence on my future fitness goals. And, as this is the ideal time of year to spend more time indoors reading, I thought I’d share a few of the most inspiring ones in this post. 

Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn

running with the kenyans

If you are a runner and have not read this book yet, it should be top of your reading list. Like a lot of us, at the start of the book Finn is a recreational runner who struggles to find the time to fit in his running around work and family commitments. His solution? Move, with his family, to Kenya to discover the secret that makes Kenyans so good and fast at marathon running. While this book is perfect for marathon runners, it is a great read for runners of all distances as the writer’s passion for running will make you want to lace up your trainers as soon as you put the book down. The book isn’t just about running though, instead it explores and provides a unique insight into Kenyan culture and the people the writer meets during his time living there. 

Run! 26.2 stories of blisters and bliss by Dean Karnazes

Run! 26.2 stories of blisters and bliss

This is the book that has inspired me to run an ultra marathon! The writer’s love of ultra marathon running is infectious and grows with every story he tells about the different ultra races he has done. It isn’t all positive, instead he writes about the downside to ultra running – the strain training has on family relationships, along with the chafing, hallucinations and exhaustion. He talks about the joy and sense of achievement ultra running can bring, as well as the disappointment and failure. The only problem with this book is that after you’ve finished it you might be tempted to sign up for an ultra as well.   

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

The Salt Path

If you read one book this autumn, this is the one you should choose. It doesn’t start off very inspiring, or uplifting, with the writer and her husband, who are both in their 50s, losing their home, business and becoming bankrupt – then the writer’s husband is diagnosed with a terminal illness. What is their answer? Pack up their belongings into rucksacks and walk the South West Coast Path. It’s their journey along the way, the people they meet and a unique insight into homelessness that makes this book a must read. While this book doesn’t start off an uplifting read, by the end it became one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read. As well as this, if you’ve never been tempted by hiking before, once you’ve finished this book it will be hard not to resist the urge to pack up a rucksack and head to the coast. 


I love reading and, with the weather becoming cooler and the days shorter, I’m going to be spending a lot more time indoors with a good book, so if you have any books that you find inspiring, let me know in the comments below. 

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