3 Books Injured Runners Should Read

Being injured can, well, suck. But it’s a great time to dig into restful, relaxing activities, including reading. Put your phone down and pick up these books.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds 

This book might be written for young adults, but it captivates adults, too. Ghost, the endearing main character, happens upon the middle school track team. That’s when he decides to become the fastest sprinter on the squad, but not without some missteps. Turns out he’s been on the run since a traumatic family incident. Reynolds invites readers in on the journey. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series, which focus on three other athletes on the team.

Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden

Recovery, recovery, recovery. It’s seemingly mentioned in every article about running training and injuries, and something on many athlete’s minds. Aschwanden, a science journalist who called herself skeptical when I heard her speak at Elliott Bay Book Company, dives into the trendiest tricks and tools marketers proclaim boosts recovery and, therefore, performance. (Think: infrared PJs, cupping, float tanks.) If you’re feeling desperate and/or like you’re grasping at straws to expedite healing, this could help guide you.

Running Rewired by Jay Dicharry

If you want to become a better runner, you’ll need to move better. That means your mobility, posture, and/or strength need to improve. Dicharry, a PT located in Bend, Oregon, sums up biomechanical research and delivers tangible action plans to target your body’s specific weaknesses. If you can’t afford or find a good physical therapist in your area, this book is a great alternative.

What are you reading? I’d love to hear additional recommendations for sidelined folks. 

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