Ever put your earbuds in at the start of a run, hit play, and wonder where all your motivation went? You can only listen to your running playlist so many times before the bass drops and guitar solos start to sound a little stale.  Get your mojo back for the last few weeks of IMTDMM training and try an eAudiobook!

The Des Moines Public Library has thousands of free eAudiobooks that cardholders can listen to right on their devices using the Libby app. In honor of Library Card Sign-Up Month, we’ve rounded up four of our favorites for when you need an extra boost to push through a few more miles.

  1. Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Keep that run going for extra miles with a thriller that you won’t want to turn off, like this one by Ruth Ware. On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

  1. Running with Raven by Laura Lee Huttenbach

Reflect on the sense of community that running has undoubtedly brought into your life with this inspiring biography of Raven Kraft, a high school dropout who started running 8 miles on Miami’s South Beach every evening in 1975 and hasn’t missed a day since. From all fifty states and dozens of countries, across all age groups and backgrounds, thousands have come to run with Raven, and in the process find friendship, inspiration—and a nickname. Among them is author Laura Lee “White Lightning” Huttenbach, who has logged over a thousand miles of Raven Runs. Here she explores the stories of dozens of others about why they started running with Raven—and why they keep coming back.

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Transport yourself to another world during your run with this sci-fi bestseller that USA Today described as “Willy Wonka meets The Matrix”. In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days. When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself. Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win.

  1. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

A memoir about training for the 2005 New York City Marathon couldn’t be a timelier choice than during your own marathon training period. Settings in Murakami’s memoir range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him. The training brings up dozens of memories and insights, including the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after age fifty, of having seen his race times improve and then fall back.

You can find these eAudiobooks and plenty more here. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, so if you don’t have a card yet, now’s the perfect time to get one! Just stop into one of our six branches with an ID and proof of address. Learn more about how to get a library card at dmpl.org/get-card. Happy running, and good luck in October!

*Please note that you must be a resident of Des Moines or rural Polk County to use DMPL eAudiobooks.

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