Getting Fit with Lit

I don’t know about you, but I try to love exercising.  I wish I was the sort of person who woke up first thing in the morning, hungry for that burn or runners high or whatever it is that gets those 6am runners out of the house and on the streets.  (I suspect they do not have cuddly French Bulldogs pinning them down).

What I do love is reading, so sometimes I find it inspiring to read about other people’s experiences or motivations for exercising.  I guess I hope some of it will rub off, or maybe I can reprogram by brain to whip my body into shape?

What I talk about when I talk about running : a memoirThe first book I read that really got me going was a wonderful teen book by Spokane author Chris Crutcher called Ironman.  In it an angry teenage boy find focus and motivation to do a triathlon, and it remakes his world.   Because of this book, I actually did a sprint distance triathlon.  Once.  When I was a good spell younger.

Slow fat triathlete : live your athletic dreams in the body you have nowAnother book that has been a big inspiration to me is What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami.  This very popular author from Japan writes beautifully about why he runs marathons and what is does for him.  Alas, it was not enough to get me to actually run a marathon, but I do appreciate running more now.

Sometimes actually books about exercise can be inspiring.    I love Slow Fat Triathlete: Live Your Athletic Dreams in the Body You Have Now for being so encouraging.  If being slow and fat don’t have to stop you from using your body to do a triathlon, I may be able to get in shape yet!

What books inspire you to get off the couch and move? 

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