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Actually don't just yet - let me tell about these brilliantly inspiring running books first.

Actually don’t just yet – let me tell about these brilliantly inspiring running books first.

Recently, I was heartened to find a clutch of new books that offer uplifting, encouraging takes on running –  ideal if you’re feeling a little jaded right now. Jog On by Bella Mackie is a witty memoir about how pounding the pavements soothed the author’s mental health issues. Refreshingly, she’s no annoying goody two-shoes  – there’s still plenty of time in her life for booze and treats (our kinda woman).

In Outrunning The Demons, meanwhile, Phil Hewitt details how running was his salvation after a personal trauma. Having suffered an horrific attack in which he was left for dead, he seeks out others who’ve also used the sport to heal. It’s moving stuff. And here’s one for any running mentalists out there – Running Up That Hill by radio sports reporter/ Chris Evans’s sidekick, Vassos Alexander and now out in paperback, delves into the world of ultra-marathons (anything longer than 26 miles, basically).

Finally, an oldie but a goodie – Alexandra Heminsley, best-selling author and Muddy literary salon alumna, is so warm and big sisterly in Run Like A Girl that even die-hard refuseniks will find themselves mulling over a cheeky 5k. There’s loads of personal insight – she could only run for about two minutes when she first started, now she does marathons – plus an excellent practical section bursting with tips. And here’s an idea – you could listen to the audiobooks of all these titles (find them here on Audible) while you’re out running. How’s that for multi-tasking?

Words @Kerry_Potter

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