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Happy Global Running Day! My Summer Running Books To-Read List

Our running shoes have magic in them. The power to transform a bad day into a good day; frustration into speed; self-doubt into confidence; chocolate cake into muscle.” – Mina Samuels, author of Run Like a Girl.

How awesome is the Global Running Day, when 217,929 runners, (and counting,) from 153 countries pledge to take part in a sport they love, running! From their website:


Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. Run a lap around your block, take your dog for a long walk, or call your friends for a pick-up game in the park. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you.

If you’ve taken the pledge to hit the road (or treadmill) today, then may your magical running shoes transform your day, give you speed and confidence … and hey, a little chocolate cake afterward wouldn’t hurt a bit.

It seems like the kind of day where I should chat about why I love running, but I already covered that in a previous post. So instead, here’s some great running books that are on my summer to-read list, starting with…

Run Like a Girl* by Mina Samuels.

I actually just discovered this while searching for a great quote to open this blog post with. Didn’t you just love that? Here’s another:

“I can only take one step at a time, whether I am running or living. Today is a good day. This is my life and it’s happening now.”

So yeah. This book is definitely now on my must-read list.

Shut Up and Run by Robin Arzon

I got completely hooked by this book after reading the sample on Amazon … this gal is am amazing writer who knows how to draw in a reader, so I’m looking forward to reading more!

Train Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

This book came highly recommended by Heather Jergensen, who just attended the Another Mother Runner Retreat in Utah. (We chat about this with her in our upcoming podcast episode.) Based on what I’ve read so far, I can see why!

Running with a Police Escort by Jill Grunenwald

Okay, seriously? She had me by the title alone. This was also listed on Runner’s World This Year’s Best New Books for Runners list so I have to add this to my own to-read pile! Really looking forward to this one and who knows … maybe I might write a running book of my own.

More on that later! Until then, what about you?

QOTD: What’s on your summer to-read list? And how are you celebrating Global Running Day?

Take care and as always, happy running … and reading!

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Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger, vlogger, wife to an amazing guy for 26 years, mom of two wonderful boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that plus she can quote most lines from Talladega Nights. Shake and bake!

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  1. Thanks for sharing all these titles. I hope we have these books in our market as I will definitely get motivation and a lot of tips I can use for running. Im a new runner so this will be very helpful to me.

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