For Adults

Guide to Running in Indianapolis


“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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As the weather warms up, runners and wannabe runners turn their sights on the roads. 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, 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! Books to inspire you are listed below, or queue up an audiobook or some new music - free with your IndyPL library card!


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Running Inspiration

Try these inspirational books, movies and CDs about running. Also try the list Extreme Running when you are inspired enough to step it up a notch or read about other people who have. #IndyPLadults

Running Like A Girl

Notes on Learning to Run

Heminsley, Alexandra

The book I wish I'd had when I started running. The good, bad and the ugly about running from someone who got off the couch and ran a marathon. It's not easy but it's worth the hard work. If you want to be inspired to keep going - this is your book.

Let your Mind Run

A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory

Kastor, Deena

Kastor is a successful runner - setting records in every distance from the 5K to the marathon. Find out how changing her thinking led to greater success in her running and how cultivating positivity can give anyone a competitive edge.

Spirit of the Marathon

Follow six runners as they prepare for and run the Chicago Marathon. From the elites to average runners, everyone runs 26.2 miles and crosses the same finish line. If this documentary doesn't inspire you to lace up your running shoes, I don't know what will!