Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead To So Much More by Courtney Carver
We know that as runners, sometimes (especially as you age) less is more. Soulful Simplicity shares how to get off the “busy train”, focus on your heart to discover what truly matters to you, and why to embrace the Joy of Missing Out (JOMO).
Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love that Lasts by Suzann Pileggi Pawelski, MAPP and James O. Pawelski, PhD
This is the first book to show how to use positive psychology with romantic relationships. The Pawelskis explain the inspiration and science behind how and why to create a “relationship gym” and to be Aristotelian lovers. We build our strength as runners, so why not think about strengthening our romantic relationships—and other relationships for that matter—like we strengthen our bodies?
They discuss key topics such as how to give and receive gratitude, how to use your strengths to create joy in your relationships, and much more. Sometimes we think that it’s so important to achieve our running goals, that other goals get sidelined. Fellow runners, Suzie and James use many examples and humor to showcase how to create flourishing relationships.
Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind by Srini Pillay, MD
This may seem like a strange book to include for a podcast about running, but it’s not. It seems like we have so many things going on (it is the holiday season, after all), that we’re running ourselves ragged. This book aims to show that being “productive” all the time isn’t what it’s cracked up to be—nor will it help you be productive. Sirin Pillay explores how rushing effects you, why you should use your beliefs about yourself as a guide, and what happens when you experience more pushing than receiving.
Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, and Carolyn Gregoire
You know that feeling you have when you go out for a run and you get the best ideas? Or perhaps you get your best ideas in the shower? There’s a reason for that! Scott and Carolyn explain ways to be more creative, be open to new experiences, and why we’re paradoxes of ourselves.
With everything going on in the world, it’s extremely more important for us to communicate better with each other. That is what Brene’ Brown does with her fourth New York Times best seller. We know as runners sometimes there is some friction between other runners in a race setting. Brene’ discusses how to handle comments that are hurtful, how being brave is about digging deep, and how to have conversations with people who have a different viewpoint.
If you’re looking for a way to better understand yourself and others when it comes to meeting expectations, then this is the book for you. The Four Tendencies is a follow-up to Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life and goes deeper into how to spot a Tendency, how to talk to a person with a particular Tendency in situations involving teaching, medical care, relationships, and children. What’s especially enticing for runners is that this book discusses what we need to understand what needs to happen to go get a run. This book is also amazing, because it’s like a travel guide for understanding other cultures. Gretchen appeared on Episodes 148 and 149.
The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion by Simon Marshall, PhD, and Lesley Paterson
World Champion triathlete, Lesley Paterson, and performance psychology expert Simon Marshall, PhD, come together perfectly in this book to explain how our brains work when we exercise. The book discusses how we know when we’re “stalking” people on social media, how to know when we’re exercising too much, how to employ race-day strategies, and more. Simon and Leslie appeared on Episodes 194 and 195.
Ageless Strength: Strong and Fit For a Lifetime by Jeff Horowitz
This book provides many strength-training exercises so that you can keep exercising as you age. Author Jeff Horowitz is a personal trainer and has run 186 marathons and counting! You’ll learn how you can dispel the myth that growing old means physically declining.
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.
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.