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Ultrarunning and other endurance sports is not just your physical preparedness for a tough day out, but your mental strength to help you endure and even thrive under challenging circumstances. Having read a number of excellent survival books and true stories of mental toughness and physical endurance, in this post I am excited to share my favorite books on this topic (with no doomsday survival or mountaineering books mentioned).

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My selection criteria are as follows: did I LEARN FROM, AND ENJOY, the book?  Whether or not I did is a combination of these three:

  1. Inspiration – Did the tales of endurance and mental toughness inspire me to channel more mental strength when I’m out running? And… did the story / stories inspire me to grow and develop as a person in not just my ‘running’ life, but my entire outlook on life?
  2. Perspective – did the survival book help me put my own (relatively trivial) issues into perspective? For example: the author broke their leg and got frostbite, survived. I suffered a minor blister and complained about it?!
  3. Practical advice – do I feel that I learned some practical tips on how to manage the situation if I find myself in a survival situation, for example if I get lost or suffer an injury in a remote location?

The Best Survival Books to Improve Mental Strength for Ultra Running and Endurance

Mind of a Survivor: What the wild has taught me about survival and success

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Megan’s book focuses on this very thing: the mental, rather than physical, aspects, by examining the human ability and instinct for survival. There are plenty of ‘how-to’ survival books out there. What makes Mind of a Survivor different and why I enjoyed it so much is that it is more of an inspirational book full of advice on how to handle certain situations, as well as true stories, rather than a book of instructions.

REVIEWEDMegan Hine: Mind of a Survivor Book Review


Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

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Deep Survival explores what attributes or behaviors contribute to determine who lives, who dies and why. Gonzales refers to many true stories of people surviving against the odds, and those who did not make it. It's a fascinating read exploring the impact of mindset on an individual's prospect of survival.


Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea

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You can learn SO MUCH from Steven Callahan's tale of survival (his experience is also discussed in Deep Survival). He survived almost two months alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small yacht capsized only six days out. This guy knows how to endure, and shows remarkable mental strength in his ability to get through this ordeal.


The Ultra Mindset: An Endurance Champion's 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life

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This list on mental strength and survival wouldn't be complete without including The Ultra Mindset! Ultra-endurance athlete Travis Macy shares what he calls the "Ultra Mindset," principles for daily life that are neither mysterious nor the sole province of ascetics or elite athletes: embrace fear, rewrite stories we tell ourselves, and master the art of seeking help, among others.


Alone in Antarctica

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Felicity Aston took two months off from all human contact as she became the first woman and the third person in history to ski across the entire continent of Antarctica alone (without the aids used by her prededecessors, each of whom employed either parasails or kites). It is so inspiring reading how she pushed at the extremes of mental endurance and physical strength to complete this epic challenge. It certainly puts the ultra running races I've attempted into perspective!


BONUS – Natural Navigation Skills

I really enjoyed this book and believe what I learned from it has made me more aware of, and confident in, my environment, when out on the trails, whether in forests, hills or mountains.

The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues

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Gooley's book contains practical details on how to use nature to navigate. This is particularly important in helping you keep your head and stay calm in situations such as when you need to work out your way (say, if you're lost!), predict the weather, locate water, etc - all things that are valuable when out trail running and spending time in the mountains and other wild places.


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