“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
Check out these ideas for inspirational books, music, movies and local opportunities to jump start your training season running in Indianapolis.
Local Races and Great Places to Run
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.
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:
Running Paths Near Libraries
Pair a good run with a Library visit! Many of our locations are within a short distance of excellent places to run, making running in Indianapolis even more fun!
- Central Library – Cultural Trail and the Canal Towpath
- College Avenue – Monon Trail
- Garfield Park – Garfield Park Trail and Pleasant Run Trail
- Glendale – Monon Trail
- Irvington – Pennsy Trail and Pleasant Run Trail
- Nora – Monon Trail
- Pike – Northwestway Park
- Spades Park – Pogue’s Run Trail
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! Browse the running books below to inspire you or queue up an audiobook or some new music – free with your IndyPL library card!
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 titles!