Run (or Walk) to Your Nearest Library This October!

Usually, fall reminds us of candy corn, apple picking, and pumpkin spice anything.  What else reminds us of fall?  Running!

If you are not quite ready to sprint down the street, come to our Walking Book Club at Scaleybark, from 2:00 to 3:00 October 14. Laugh out loud at Joel Cohen’s attempt to finish the New York Marathon in How to Lose a Marathon.  Get more beginner tips from guides like Run to Lose and No Need for Speed.  If you’re really serious about beginning a running routine, download the free Couch to 5K app on your smartphone.  

Perhaps you’re a veteran runner and need a new challenge or want to improve your time.  Shalane Flanagan’s Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook is full of healthy recipes that fuel your bod, or try vegan runner Matt Frazier’s No Meat Athlete cookbook.   For the truly elite, add an ultramarathon—any race longer than a traditional marathon--to your list.  It may be too late to start training for this year’s Ultra Marathon at the U.S. Whitewater Center, but you can read about Scott Jurek’s career in Eat & Run.  

Both newcomers and veterans can get the latest info on gear and kicks in the latest issue of Runner's World.  Switch up your playlist and download some military running cadence --we’ll connect you to your personal drill sergeant!  

If the treadmill is more your style, why not take one of our playaways or downloadable audiobooks, like Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, the next time you hit the gym?  Maybe you’re planning to start running after the New Year...why not get motivated with classic running scenes from films like Forrest Gump, Rocky, or Chariots of Fire?  

Find humor in running!   Matthew Inman bluntly explains why he runs (for the donuts!) in his The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances; it’s also available as a physical book.  Find out what kind of runner you are in Mark Remy’s Runners of North America, and get tongue-in-cheek tips from the editors of Runner's World in The Runner's Rule Book.   

Now that you have plenty of reading and listening material for motivation, find a race. Adults 21 and up, work for your brews by joining an area running club.  Halloween is quickly approaching--get your exercise in by signing up for Running Scared and stuff your face with candy at this “costumes encouraged” race in Uptown Charlotte.  It’s also not too late to register for the Charlotte Marathon in November--some of our branches are close to the official course map.  

Get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions by starting a jogging routine with some of the resources the Library has to offer today.  Whether you are completing your first or fiftieth race, make a pit stop at one of our library branches!