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Guide to Running in Indianapolis


04/21/2022 | Health & Wellness

“Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be.”—Joyce Carol Oates

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Check out these ideas for inspirational books, music, movies and local opportunities to jump start your training season.

If you’re interested in training for a 5K or half marathon, there are lots of local resources to help you get ready. The Indy YMCAs offer training programs – check their website for more information. The National Institute for Fitness and Sport, right here in Indianapolis, also offers half marathon training.

There are a number of groups in the city devoted to fitness and running that are free and welcoming! Check out Black Girls Run, November Project, Black Men Run, and Indy Runners.

Many local running stores also offer training as well as free group runs. Ask them about what they might offer.

Once you’re ready to race, look for events on these online calendars:

Or pair a beautiful run with a Library visit! Many of our locations are located within a short distance of excellent places to run.

There are races practically every weekend too, from 5Ks to full marathons and triathlons. So what are you waiting for? Lace up your shoes and start running! New running books to inspire you are listed below, or queue up an audiobook or some new music - free with your IndyPL library card!


New Running Books

I am always on the lookout for the latest books about running to keep me inspired and lacing up my shoes. If you're a runner, or even a wannabe runner, check out these new titles we have added to the collection about the sport of running.

Breakthrough Women's Running

Dream Big and Train Smart

Gracey, Neely Spence

Breakthrough Women’s Running is written for the woman runner who has big goals and needs a plan to achieve them. Professional runner and coach Neely Spence Gracey will set you up for success with an inside look at her own story in the sport—paired with the science, experience, strategies, and insights that have worked for her and countless other female runners who set challenging goals and achieved them.

How She Did It

A High-performance Guide for Female Distance Runners With Stories From the Women Who've Made It

Huddle, Molly

An instructional and inspirational collection of stories and advice for female runners from two time Olympian Molly Huddle and two time NCAA champion Sara Slattery.

Run Like A Pro (even If You're Slow)

Elite Tools and Tips for Runners at Every Level

Fitzgerald, Matt

A great follow up to Fitzgerald's Running the Dream and 80/20 Running. Professional advice from Fitzgerald and NAZ Elite coach Ben Rosario for the average runner.