Sporty books that lend their motivation?

I need a kick up the arse and a new hobby.

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28/06/2012 at 13:23

The post marathon depression has well and truly been taking it's toll along with the great Scottish summer ie. never ending drizzle.

Can't attend running club any more thanks to a new work/study schedule.

I was wandering about on Amazon. (Big mistake) and started looking at some sports books, looking for a bit of inspiration to help me move forward and would like to know if anyone has any recommendations?

Any books that are biking, running or generally motivational?



28/06/2012 at 13:48

I would recommend "Can't swim, can't ride, can't run" also Lance Armstrong's first two books!
28/06/2012 at 13:56

I'd second that - I recommended Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run to someone else on here today.

28/06/2012 at 14:38

I would recommend Chris Moon's book 'One Step Beyond'.  It's not a sport focussed book but it does include him rehabbing for marathons and that longish hot one with all the sand. I found it incredibly inspirational - especially as I then ran past him at a marathon a few weeks after finishing the book.

29/06/2012 at 12:30
Just bought it birkmyre, can't wait to read!
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
01/07/2012 at 12:16

Another vote for Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run- you never know, it might inspire you to join us over on the triathlon thread! The author Andy Holgate is one of us.

01/07/2012 at 13:33

Born to Run.

01/07/2012 at 18:41
+1 for born to run - listening to the audiobook on my runs now - makes me really look forward to the next run
02/07/2012 at 20:37

+1 for born to run - this book just made me go out and run every day and I read it through my entry in to the world of running. Massive motivator for me.

Next on the list is<span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run. 

<span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Excellent thread by the way. I hope lots more people chip in with ideas.



03/07/2012 at 07:33
Damn this thread, just bought Born to Run now
05/07/2012 at 20:42

I agree - Born to Run is great and also really enjoyed Chrissie Wellington A life without Limits.

Just started reading Scott Jurek's book - Eat and Run - all good stuff and very motivational.


05/07/2012 at 20:58

Sorry just remembered another one - A. Finn  - Running with the Kenyans (thinks that's the title) - very interesting and written by a journalist who used to run and write on RW, went to live in Kenya with his family to discover how the kenyans run so fast. Well worth a read.......

06/07/2012 at 07:25
From Last to Firts by Charlie Speding, it really helped me back from injury and low motivation. It's not a how to train book more of a motivational story about his highs and lows of running and how he came through them.
08/07/2012 at 20:52

can't swim, can't bike, cant run is excellent, lance armstrongs book is good and i'm part way through born to run. All good reads 

09/07/2012 at 15:45

Just bought 

Keep on Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict by Phil Hewitt (2 Apr 2012)

Very interesting so far. He has run 25 Marathons and he is going though what got him started, really enjoying it.

09/07/2012 at 16:38

Second vote for Charlie Spedding's book. It actually does talk about his training too but in a pretty accessible way. Very inspiring stuff.

The Dean Karnazes book, UltraMarathon Man, is a "good read". And if you can get hold of Ron Hill's 2-volume autobiography through an inter-library loan (it's quite expensive to buy, but usually your local library can put in a request to "the system" for a quid or so)... well actually his blog (still going) gives you a very good idea of what the book is like, only obviously it covers the time when he was the best in the world.

12/07/2012 at 09:14

cant swim, bike, run - andy holgs
racing through the dark - david millar
its not about the bike - lance armstrong
the longest climb - dominic faulkner
the man who cycled the world - mark beamont
mad, bad and dangerous to know - ranulph fiennes
captain scott - ranulph fiennes
a race for madmen - chris sidwells
paula:my story so far - paula radcliffe
boy racer - mark cavendish 
a life without limits - chrissie wellington 

those are my faves right now, i am enjoying the other recommendations on here, its always good to have tips for new reading material!!!  

12/07/2012 at 10:07

Keep On Running - Phil Hewitt

12/07/2012 at 10:08


Ironholgs    pirate
12/07/2012 at 12:11

Speddings book is a great read, as is Ron Hills epic 2 volume story.

Am reading IronWar at the moment : a controversial but thoroughly gripping look at the relationship/battle of Mark Allen and Dave Scott, two of the best ironman athletes the world will ever see.

Any books by Richard Moore are great, especially In Search of Robert Miller and Slaying the Badger.

Other good ones are First Triathlons, Becoming an Ironman and Running through the wall - all short stories about peoples experiences.

ps: glad people enjoyed mine.

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