Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal
Often as runners, we get a runner’s high, and it feels like we can do anything. If you have ever wondered what happens during a runner’s high, so you can have that high even when you’re not running, then I think you’ll like this book. Steven and Jamie interview people from all walks of life to see how they get into the “deep now”, where time seems to disappear. The authors also discuss the dark side of flow and how there can be too much of a good thing.
Mel Robbins is a highly sought-after speaker, and her TED talk is one of the most download talks on YouTube. What makes this book a fascinating read—and what can help you get out the door for a run or whatever else you are putting off—is that it goes into the science of why a simple, short practice can help you help yourself to do what you don’t want to do. Like April’s Book of the Month, there is a how and a when to do something.
Have you ever heard, “You should get up first thing in the morning and get things done,” or “you can sleep when you’re dead,” “catch up on your sleep on the weekend,” or “just get it done” and some or all of those statements just don’t work for you? If you’ve answered yes to any of these statements and wondered if it’s true, then you’ll like The Power of When by Dr. Michael Breus. Dr. Breus is a board-certified sleep doctor and psychologist, and he dives into what chronotypes are, how they effect what to do, and the best times to do things such as brainstorm, ask for a raise, have a tough discussion with your partner, go for a run, lift weights, and more. I highly recommend this book as it’s really helped me and my friends sleep better.
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal
This title may sound like a business book, and it is, but it’s also a book that shares why it’s hard to go on Facebook for only five minutes or how you can mindlessly get lost in a video game. Nir is at the intersection of psychology, technology, and business, and in this thought-provoking book he shares how you can outsmart technology.
Abundance Now: Amplify Your Life & Achieve Prosperity Today by Lisa Nichols
Lisa is one of the world’s most sought-after speakers, and in this book she shares the mindset and skills that have helped her transform lives around the world. This book discusses the four Es—Enrichment, Enchantment, Engagement, Endowment—and how they can show up in your life. As a runner, it’s interesting to look at these four Es to see how they manifest themselves.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, PhD
This is one of those of books that very well could change the lens you see the world through. ‘Tis the season for many resolutions. It’s been said that 85 percent of New Year’s resolutions are the same as they were the year before. In this beautifully written and researched book, Carol shares what a growth mindset and a fixed mindset are and how to apply a growth mindset to different parts of your life.
How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom by Jonathan Fields
If you feel like you can’t keep up with your life’s crazy pace, then this book is a must read. Fields has spent thousands of hours researching and interviewing thought leaders on what to do to live a good life. This book includes simple, thirty-day exercises that will help you live your life at a comfortable pace.
The Doctor’s Guide to Sleep Solutions for Stress and Anxiety: Combat Stress and Sleep Better Every Night by Robert S. Rosenberg, D.O., F.C.C.P.
Have you ever had trouble sleeping? Are racing (no, not road racing!) thoughts preventing you from getting quality sleep? Dr. Rosenberg’s book offers many ideas on how to sleep better and how to keep a sleep journal so that you can gain a better understanding of your sleep patterns. This book is a gift to insomniacs and has had a profound, positive impact on my sleep.
The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World’s Greatest Footrace by Dean Karnazes
Life is a marathon, and in Dean’s fourth book, you’ll experience his recreation of Pheidippides’ infamous run from Athens to Sparta in 490 BCE. Dean shares the history of the first marathon and intertwines his experience running the Spartathalon, which is the “race against time” that Pheidippides ran before running the “marathon.” You’ll read about his race highs and lows, of which the everyday runner can certainly relate.
Feeling rundown (pun intended)? It’s normal for a lot of people—including runners. Dr. Teitelbaum is a nationally known expert when it comes to chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, sleep, and pain. He shares practical tips and guidelines of how you can use natural and prescription options to have more energy.
Hit Reset, Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes by Erin Taylor, Registered Yoga Teacher
We’ve heard that yoga is like stretching and that’s it’s good for us. There’s a lot more to it though. Erin Taylor, who has been a yoga instructor for over a decade, shares how athletes can use the gift of yoga not just for strength and flexibility, but also for its mental benefits. This beautiful book/journal walks you through yoga poses that will give you strength. In addition, there are sections for you to write your goals and to figure out what is working and what isn’t working.
This hysterical satire will help you understand different categories of runners and why they do what they do. Mark Remy spent years at Runner’s World, and although funny at times, the twenty-three subspecies of runners are spot on.
Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life through Transcendental Meditation by Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D.
We keep hearing about how meditation is one of the best things you can do, but why? Dr. Rosenthal shares studies and stories of why meditation is one of the best things people can do to achieve peak performance in all aspects of their lives.
The Champion’s Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Reignite by Jim Afremow, PhD
Have you ever felt like you’ll never run again or you’ll never do some physical activity that you love? Then you’ll definitely want to read this book and see how that feeling of defeat is a mind game.
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think You Do by Laura Vanderkam
It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and feel, I don’t have the time. If that is you, then you definitely want to read Laura’s book and find out how a mindset shift could free up precious time in your life.
Super Genes: Unlock the Astonishing Power of Your DNA for Optimum Health and Well-Being by Deepak Chopra, MD, and Dr. Rudi Tanzi
Nature versus nurture—it’s one of the longest standing debates around. Do your genes determine your destiny, and that is just the way it is? Not so, says the latest research and what Doctors Deepak Chopra and Rudi Tanzi have to say about this radical claim. We can potentially “manipulate” our genes through our lifestyles, and the good doctors tell us how to go about it. They really speak to habits, which complements Gretchen Rubin’s book that shows us how to understand ourselves and how we can optimize our current and future habits.
Running is part habitual and part mental. How do we start a new habit? Why do some people completely abstain from trigger food while others easily moderate them? When is the best time to start a habit? How do we change our habits? Gretchen dives in deep into all of these intriguing questions and shares what her research shows—if we change our habits, we can change our lives. Interestingly, her research includes subjects such as her husband, family, and friends.
I am passionate about this book, because it discusses what type of person “you are” and how to work and communicate with people who have different tendencies. Thanks to Gretchen’s book, by understanding this information during the holidays, communication was at an all-time high in regard to understanding my family and friends and finding some peace (ahhhh, Namaste!).
The 5 A.M. Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders
This book offers seven steps to create a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Learn why it is so important to wake up early, fit in your workout for the day, and then dominate your To Do list!
It’s another book that might surprise you for a running focused website and podcast. The holidays tend to be extra stressful and we know that laughter releases feel-good chemicals, especially when we’re among friends. Let’s laugh with the Onion and have fun discovering which articles are your favorites. If you’ve never read or heard of the Onion, all I have to say is, You’re Welcome!!!!
An organizing book? On a running focused podcast? Yes, because this is a lifestyle show and our “things” can weigh us down, literally. Find it to be challenging to get out the door because you can’t find …….. or that doesn’t fit anymore, or ……… This book will help. Like anything, you’ll get some gold nuggets, and some things may take a pass. It’s the right time of year to organize before the rush of the holidays. Less stuff means fewer things to take care of. Oh, and you don’t need to have ADHD (which I don’t think is a disorder, but I digress) to get A LOT out of this book!
Once runners achieve a running goal, the momentum can spread to other parts of their lives. Through the gift of running so many doors are open. Why not check out this book to use your running achievements to help spur you on to create the life you want?
Eat the Yolks by Liz Wolfe
This is one of Serena Marie, RD’s, favorite books because it shows how fat is not making us fat. Looking to eat a different way? Then read this book.
Hal is quite the inspiring guy and through his book, we learn how to get up early, and accomplish so many things before 8:00 AM. You might not “be” a morning person, but perhaps you will be after reading this book.
Running With The Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind by Sakyong Mipham.
We’re combing two of the best things you can do for yourself, running and meditating. How can we meditate while we are running? Read the book and find out how. 🙂 You won’t be disappointed. Having doubts about an upcoming race, or fear the worst when you feel a twinge of pain? Then you’ll REALLY want to read this. Just reading a few sentences of this book usually calms me down.
Running Strong The Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide To Staying Healthy And Injury-Free For Life by Jordan Metzl, MD with Claire Kowalchik.
If you have pain somewhere, and you don’t know what to do, this is an awesome book and doctor to turn to (besides your own of course). Dr. Metzl has run 32 marathons and counting and competed in 12 Ironmans. This book even allows you through the Blipper app to go in to Dr. Metzl’s office and see him demonstrate exercises to help you become stronger where you are weak.
How to Run, Think and Eat like a Champion Marathoner by Meb Keflezighi with Scott Douglas.
How did Meb, with the 15th fastest time of all competitors go to the 2014 Boston Marathon and win it? Meb’s book tells you how. Hint, it’s through hard work and mindset, two things we can do even if we’re not Olympians.
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John Ratey, MD and Eric Hagerman.
There are those times when we KNOW it’s a good idea to exercise, but it’s easier said than done. So when you need to channel your inner “Dr. Ratey,” read what the good doctor has written, and know you won’t ever regret moving your body. Dr. Ratey uses examples of schools and people whose lives have been greatly improved all through exercise.
Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day by Robert S. Rosenberg, DO, FCCP
Keeping in line with living in this fast-paced world while having the gift of running, it only seemed fitting to read about sleep. This book has journals and information to help you determine how you can maximize your sleep allowing you to feel refreshed in the morning in addition to giving your body time to recover and repair.
We spoke with Dr. Rosenberg on Episode 71 and dove in to his book and addressed many common sleep problems. He also shared with us a runner’s point of view of sleep and taking the time to repair your body.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Reading this page turner of a self development book helps you understand why you do what you do. It gives plenty of tips and tricks of how to create new habits.
Serena Marie, RD, and my physical therapist, JoAnne Ambogi, and I discussed this book on Episode 64.
Go Wild Free Your Body AND Mind From the Afflictions of Civilization by Dr. John J. Ratey and Richard Manning
This book gives a beautiful template of how to lead the healthiest life you can.
Dr. Ratey was on Episode 59 and answered many listeners’ questions.