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How to Run: From Fun Runs to Marathons and Everything in Between: All You Need to Know About Fun Runs, Marathons and Everything in Between [Paperback]

Paula Radcliffe
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14 April 2011
Everyone knows running is good for you. But whether it's once around the block once a week, more serious preparation for a charity 10-kilometre race or half-marathon, or dedicated training over a period of months for a full marathon, it helps if you know what it is you're trying to achieve, and how to get there. As one of our best-known, most successful and gifted runners, Paula Radcliffe is perfectly placed to write this essential companion guide. Aimed at both novices and experienced athletes, HOW TO RUN tells you everything you need to know about preparation, diet, equipment, training and technique. A new mother herself, there's also a section on exercising while pregnant, as well as myriad tips and insights from her huge experience of running all distances in all weathers. Superbly clear, well organised and fully illustrated throughout, Paula Radcliffe's HOW TO RUN is the only book you'll need to help you get the best out of your running.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; 1 edition (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847370748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847370747
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 19.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Paula spoke to Sport about the races that have left their mark - for better and for worse...' --Interview, Sport 27/5

`Win gold in London then retire? No, I'd keep going'
--Interview with Brian Viner, Independent, syndicated to Belfast Telegraph 8/5

About the Author

Paula Radcliffe is the current women's world record holder in the marathon. She's competed in the Olympics three times and won the New York City Marathon in 2004, 2007, and 2008. She is the author of "Paula: My Story So Far."

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual and Informative 19 May 2011
By nitsa
As an avid runner I found this book to be fun read while at the same time very informative. Paula Radcliffe, a phenomenal elite athlete, has written a book that not only helps the novice runner, but also those who want to improve their training and increase stamina. The visual pictures, which I loved, enhances Radcliffe's forthright advice.
The book is broken up into 10 chapters.

Chapter One, "Set Your Goals", emphasizes to keep a journal and make two lists setting up realistic goals and dream goals visualizing those dreams and so you may attain them.

Chapter Two "Getting Ready" walks you through how to chose the correct sneaker based on the type of foot you have. She also picks apart the sneaker and socks to wear with great visuals She continues with the type of clothing to purchase based on weather conditions and to make sure they are moisture wicking. She also has a section on gadgets and gizmos. These are necessary to purchase to achieve a goal. These items include a heart rate monitor, mp3 and running glasses.

Chapter Three, "Taking Care of Your Body", emphasizes on stretching pre and post workout. Again the visuals play an integral part in his chapter. Radcliffe also includes definitions on symptoms a runner may incur when running, such as shin splints and muscle soreness. This was one of my favorite chapters!

Chapter Four, "Getting Started", suggests different ways a runner can get motivated to run. You may run with a friend, a running group or club. With the groups a runner should make sure that a qualified coach is on hand to advise the runner. The running buddy helps a novice not only socially but to motivate each other. Radcliffe also includes a sample diary for the weekly run.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to Run 22 Jun 2011
I have been running now for about 18 months, nothing technical just put on a pair of trainers and off I go, last year I got so I could run 10k in 52 mins (prev couldn't run 100 yard). I now find I want to improve and this book gives lots of valuable information, training plans and tips. Great for anyone starting out or even the intermediate or even like me someone who wants to continue running but go for a new PB! worth reading
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just go out and start....running 1 Oct 2012
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Packed with useful tips for the running hobbist and pro alike.
From gear to food, from sofa to marathon planning you can find all here.
To be honest I picked up plenty of info from web or forums - including Paula's - and if you are reading this you probably done the same. The advantage of the book is that it gels all the relevant info in page by page, to the point, paragraphs.There are discriptive pictures of the main exercises, plans and suggestions on how to tackle first race being it 5K or a Marathon. I also liked the personal comments at various stages of the book that explain how Paula sets herself up for running.Plenty of inspirational pictures and thoughts. Good reference book and something I have around to keep me motivated. But ideally... read a chapter and then go out and do it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Paula delivers as usual 21 May 2012
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Paula's book is a credit to her. Paula is a dedicated sportswomen who has passed on a much value and inspiration to her readership as she has done over the years to her nation and sport over the years.
Thank you Paula for all that you have done in all your many running associated roles. Thank you for this book which is a legacy to all who would like to really know how to run to the best of their personal potential.
Shirley Stott
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Got me going 10 Mar 2013
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Two months in, the training schedules in the book have opened up running for me. I'm achieving more, and enjoying it more, than I ever through possible. Going to the gym doesn't work for me time-wise, and getting running seemed like an unpleasantly necessary way forward, but I'm now a convert. The clothing guides are also useful.

The one thing I didn't like about the book (and hence lost it a star) it that in the pictures and some comments it comes across as an extended advert for Nike clothing. I often felt as if I should be paid for reading it, rather than the other way round.

Still, that aside - if you want to get running, it's a great book and well worth the investment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To your marks ... 7 July 2011
Perfect for someone training (say) for their first 10km race, stepping up to their first half marathon, or wanting to take a minute off their parkrun time. You should give it to your friend who has just got a place in the London Marathon. It is very clear, attractive, accessible and thorough. Excellent advice and some clear training tips and plans.

Just three thoughts:

1. We're a long way from Alf Tupper, grinding out grim miles on some northern moorland in the rain. This is the world of core stability, gym balls, sunshine in the Pyrenees, and a warm track in Lanzarote. The book does make it look appealing.

2. She is a stretchaholic. Paula Radcliffe honestly does do more stretching than running (almost). She is immensely fast, so the rest of us would do well to listen.

3. But a whole page on what to look for in a pair of running socks? Really?!
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4.0 out of 5 stars fine 30 May 2014
By m. dosa
found this book easy to use good section on core strength exercises like the running plans i,m going to focus on the half marathon training only slightly cheesy side was nike product placement
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2.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of self-publicism, and a great commercial for Nike
But sadly, really not very practical, and certainly doesn't do much to consider the needs of the average runner. Disappointing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by no hablo espanol
4.0 out of 5 stars a present for a runner
this was a present for my son in law who is a marathon runner. he has told me that it was an extraordinary read
Published 7 months ago by Blue girl
5.0 out of 5 stars paula
The greatest book ever, not ghost written either. No rubbish filler,just straight to the point. Perfect advice,helped me become fastest over 50 in the county x.
Published 9 months ago by bag
5.0 out of 5 stars What a lady
Great to see someone write a book that really helps the individual. As I am new to running she really inspired me and her advice was great over several distances. Read more
Published 11 months ago by loopylou
4.0 out of 5 stars Knows a thing or two about the runs
Good book, apparently Paula Radcliffe has promised to take part in the London Marathon, but this time she couldn't follow through. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Simon Wardle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners
As i am new to distance running, i wanted something to give me information on diet and training. I found this book a good starting point although the constant reference's to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rene
2.0 out of 5 stars Irritating
This book is awfully written - the prose is clunky and grammatically very clumsy which makes it hard to read. Read more
Published 21 months ago by HollyB
4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide
A great book for beginners and more seasoned runners. The only downside is the relentless plugging of Nike, otherwise an excellent book with a great schedule for advanced marathon... Read more
Published on 20 April 2012 by Mel B
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Run
Paula Radcliffe is an British institution and one of my sporting idols. A recreational runner myself I want to pick up my game to run a marathon is my goal. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by D. Rowley
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