It's no surprise that listening to music enhances workout performance. We've all been there—about ready to give up when our power ballad sounds to push us through that final rep or last mile. But for those runs when there doesn't seem to be enough ballads with enough power, audiobooks are there for the long haul. With chapters lasting three times longer than the average song and more diverse content (we can only hear so many songs about working that body), swapping playlists for apps like Scribd and Audible can make the time fly by. And while there isn't a proven genre that will make you move faster, we guarantee these page-turners will keep you hooked through that extra mile or two—or three, or four.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Joining the ranks of Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Lena Dunham, this funny girl memoir provides a light-hearted laugh or two with a heavy pinch of empowerment—what more could you need for a run?
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
This book is a collection of essays and stories on everything from Internet envy to exterminators. The author, a 22-year-old with a job waiting for her at the New Yorker, died in a car crash two years ago shortly after her graduation.
Now I See You by Nicole C. Kear
When Nicole (the author) finds out she’s going blind due to a rare eye disease, she decides to live life to the fullest during her last weeks with vision. This memoir is a story of how to deal with life’s curveballs and accept what you don't have control over with grace. Cathartic listening + running = one gratifying workout.
Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
Coming from the author of Fight Club, you know this is going to be a head spinner. Involving adolescent terrorists, spelling bees, and science projects, this thriller will keep you guessing and may just be odd enough to continue listening to post-run.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
The Wild author compiles the best of her advice column "Dear Sugar," which is a good listen If you want to laugh, cry, cringe, and scowl, all within a few chapters. Sugar’s answers to her readers cover just about every life problem.