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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028644662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028644660
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,280,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Rodgers is America's unofficial ambassador of distance running. He has won the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon four times each, and is the author of Bill Rodgers's Lifetime Running Plan with Scott Douglas. Scott Douglas is a senior writer at Running Times magazine, and is co-author of The Distance Runner's Handbook with past Olympian Pete Pfitzinger

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great book, but isn't for all runners 27 Dec. 2006
By Jerry L. the Bibliophile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is yet another fantastic book in the "Idiot's Guides" series. Like all other Idiot's Guides, the book is written is a user-friendly style and format. Neatly divided into five parts, this book describes what running is, where and when to run, reasons for running, running apparel and equipment, injuries, training tips, and a lot more. Bill Rodgers, who himself was a runner who won the Boston Marathon multiple times, did a fairly great job presenting the sport of running. The tips that are given in this book are invaluable for runners.

However, this book is by no means an all-inclusive guide to endurance running. This book tends to be aimed towards amateur road racers and novice runners and not so much for track athletes, high school cross-country runners, or experienced competitive runners who are looking for advanced racing strategy tips. Also, this book is not for people who are running because they want to burn a specific amount of calories for weight loss. If you are a serious, competitive runner looking for some serious coaching tips, The Competitive Runner's Handbook might be better for you. Overall, Bill Rodgers has intended this book to be a book on amateur running in general. If you want to sprint, or if you want to be top 10 in a college cross-country invitational, something else might do the job better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Helped me establish a healthy, long-term habit 18 April 2008
By drew13 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rodgers and Douglas do a fine job demystifying the sport of running. This book is very accessible and easy to read. Like other books in the series, it's structured so that you can read short portions and come back to it at a later time.

One key principle in the book is that you need to build up your endurance slowly. If you push yourself too hard at the start, you'll be sore and miserable, and you run an increased chance for injury. Together, these are a major disincentive to ever run again! Building incrementally gives your body time to adjust to the stresses of running.
The authors also emphasize stretching, which I've found to be very helpful in preventing soreness and injury.

The best thing I can say about this book is that it works. I've personally worked my way through Rodgers and Douglas's plan where you build up to 30 minutes of running. Now I've been running for over a year and a half. At the 6 month mark, I got to the point of running 6 miles at a stretch, and I did my first 5K in May. I've since decreased my distance, but I'm working back up to the 10K mark again. I feel proud of myself for going from nothing to 10K.

Other resources (e.g. Runner's World magazine) can be overwhelming for all of their sophistication. I'm thankful for this book because it gave me a goal, a plan, and lots of good advice and encouragement along the way.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very Practical 1 April 2009
By H. Clifton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is really practical. It's a great reference. There's a good amount of humor infused into the book. It's great for new runners even though it's written by experienced runners. It has everything you need to know about starting running, keeping up with running, running gagets, running must-haves, shoes, health, etc.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book, easy to read 15 May 2010
By Health tchr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I met Bill Rodgers at a recent speaking event and he signed a copy of this book for me. I had no intention of reading a book about running since I wasn't very serious about running. I do some 5K's and some 10K's for the fun of it, not because I ever have a chance of finishing in the top half. However, I have moved from 5K fun to training to complete (not win) a half-marathon. With a sense of panic that I'm now going to try to complete 13.1 miles, I decided to pull out this book and give it a quick read. It was a fast paced, easy, fun read. I highly recommend this book for people who are new to the sport who are looking at their first half-marathon. I think it would be overkill and unnecessary if you are just jogging a few miles a week (10 or less) and only planning on doing 5K's or 10K's. If you have been casually running and begin to take your hobby more seriously - start by reading this book. Bill's sense of humor comes through over and over in this book. It's a book I'm very glad I read.
2 of 64 people found the following review helpful
I May be an Idiot but this Book is About Running 11 Jun. 2004
By Baroness Von Grim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wow, I was laid flat when I opened up this book. These pages are really serious about running. And they haven't returned yet.
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