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Audiobooks perfect for your long runs

For runners, music is a staple. However, sometimes playing the same playlist is boring and uninspiring. It is time for you to have an auditory diet change. Moreover, the best recommendation is to switch to listening to audiobooks. Listening to a good audiobook can help you get inspired by longer distance running. You can draw out food for thoughts too.

Listening to an audiobook can serve two purposes in one. You can catch up on books that you are dying to read but do not have the time. While at the same time, you can enjoy the benefits of running. Running tones the body while listening to audiobook tones the mind.

There are many apps that work with audiobooks. You can download them on your phone or music player and amassed your own collection. However, there might be a risk of loading up your player with audiobooks that you really do not like. There is no formula for choosing the best audiobooks for runners. These things are subjective as there are many genres and your interests might differ. What we can do is to recommend books that might influence your choices. Before you get your running shoes - more information about running shoes check, read our recommendations first and choose which to download.

Highly Recommended Books for Runners

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth writes this audiobook. What is not to love about this book? It discusses the strength of the human beings character through definition, identification, and demonstration in examples. The main theme of the book is about how to find the perseverance and passion in others using grit. It will stop you in your tracks to think about yourself and how you can improve by demonstrating more grit. If you are working in a team, this will help you to identify with your coworkers the same characteristics. This might help you work with them better. This audiobook is perfect as a self-help book.

80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower

A book written by Matt Fitzgerald, which comes highly recommended by runners. He also has several podcasts you might want to add to your playlists. This book will not make you the fastest runner but it will inspire you to be a better runner by becoming stronger. You might have encountered the 80/20 rule in many books you have read and the philosophy applies the same to running. You do not have to punish yourself running hard, only run at an easier pace. These are some of the takeaways from his book.

The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace

For a runner who loves history, this book by Dean Karnazes discusses the beginning of the first ever marathon. The book will take you back to ancient Greece and relive the 153-mile that he ran from Athens down to Sparta. You can take inspiration from the struggles of Pheideppides and how he conquered them all to be in the history books.

Here is a tip to have a productive listening while running, you should increase the speed of the audiobook to pick up the pace and increase it over time.

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