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Running Made Easy [Paperback]

Susie Whalley , Lisa Jackson , "Zest"
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27 Feb 2004
It's motivational, it's inspiring, it's fun! It's Running Made Easy! And, quite simply, it's the friendliest running book on the block. Running Made Easy is designed to get everyone who thought they could never run on their way to a better body, bags of confidence and soaring energy levels. Its revolutionary running programme involves just 60 seconds of running at a time - and will take you from couch potato to fit and fab in just 10 weeks. It'll encourage you to knock aside every excuse you've ever made and celebrate every step you take towards a fitter, happier you. Packed with amazing real-life running and weight-loss success stories and advice, Running Made Easy also includes a highly motivating running diary and colourful fill-in charts to help you track your progress and see just how well you're doing. If you're ready to take up running, this book's ready to become your best friend.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd (27 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861057032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861057037
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We decided to write Running Made Easy because, although one of us is a speedy hare and the other a slow-paced tortoise, we're both equally passionate about running and keen to spread the word. We think that the secret of our enthusiasm is that we're continually finding new ways to make running fun, and that's what we want to share with you. While we were writing it, we got to talk to some amazing people who've gained an enormous amount from running, from Beryl who beat depression and agrophobia and now runs everywhere in a pair of fairy wings, to Julie who, at 19st, lost half her bodyweight through running. Julie kept a log of every run she did and even drew a weigh-loss chart to help keep her motivated. Inspired by this, we've included loads of colourful charts and a six-month running diary so you can use Running Made Easy as a workbook to help keep track of your running progress as you go from minute to mile (and even perhaps a marathon!) We hope you have just as much fun reading it as we had writing it.
LISA JACKSON & SUSIE WHALLEY

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LISA JACKSON is deputy chief sub-editor on Zest magazine. An extremely reluctant convert to running, she's now an ardent evangelist and has run seven marathons in fancy dress: London (twice), Edinburgh, Berlin, Paris, Rome and New York. Born in South Africa, she lives in London with her husband Graham.

Running pace: Think of the slowest runner you know – then think twice as slow!

Running CV: I’m a late-onset runner. For 31 years I was a fully paid-up member of The Couch Potato Society. Exercise? No one can say they loathed, hated and detested it more than me. In fact, I never once failed to drive to the corner shop – which was all of a two-minute walk! Then in June 1998 I was blown away by the electrifying atmosphere of a 5K race that I’d very reluctantly been cajoled into doing. I was surprised by just how much of a kick I got from the crowds, the camaraderie and the cheering.
Soon afterwards, my aunt signed up for the Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon, and I was consumed with envy. Terrified, I threw caution to the wind and entered, too. Again I was bowled over by the thrill of having dared to challenge myself to run 21km (13.1 miles). Six months later, I tackled the London Marathon and had one of the most memorable days of my life. From then on, I was unstoppable. Six other marathons followed, along with an alarming desire to run a marathon a year until the candles on my birthday cake resemble a bushfire.

SUSIE WHALLEY is features editor on Zest magazine. Having rediscovered running in her mid-20s after a long lapse, she's now run four London Marathons, and is currently planning to run the New York City Marathon. She lives in London with her husband Adam.

Running pace: Average – not exceptional – but getting faster!

Running CV: My earliest memories of running are of trotting off down country lanes with my dad to fetch the day’s baguette on family holidays in France. I wasn’t sure why, but even aged eight, with little legs that could barely keep up, I was desperate to follow in his footsteps and take up running. At school I waited eagerly for sports days, which I enjoyed just about as much as all the other girls hated, and every year I’d watch the London Marathon with tears in my eyes and dream of taking part.
My ambitions got shelved at university (wild nights out distracted me!), so when I decided to start training for the marathon aged 25, it felt pretty tough. My running partner Louise and I couldn’t even manage one lap of the park at first, but we ploughed on, completed our first 5K race (I was so exhausted I had to sleep for two hours afterwards) and eventually took on the marathon. Once wasn’t enough, and now the London Marathon has turned into an annual challenge that inspires and overawes me every time I do it. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great weight loss tool, and fun too. 21 Dec 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is excellent. Running in layman's terms. My boyfriend runs and always asks me along, but as I could run for about 2 minues before having a coronary, I could never go. This started to annoy me, so I bought this book to find out how I could improve. Now don't get me wrong, buying a book is not the answer - heaven knows I have bought a million weightloss/fitness books without permanently either losing weight or getting fit (just lightening my wallet). But there is something about this book. Its very easy to read and understand. It starts you out slow, and answers all the questions/fears you might have (what if I don't like running in public? etc). Plus there are tonnes of 'before and after' stories from people who have taken up running and changed their life for the better - very inspirational. There is room to record your progress, and each page is in full colour. Well, I guess the proof is in the pudding. Before - fad diets/ exercise binging and purging - weight gain since University - 3 stone. After - can now run for 25 minutes flat, lost 10lb (ang gained muscle) and still going strong. In january I'll be going running with my boyfriend!!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is more than a 'how to run' guide 15 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
It's a truly inspirational book, and as you read through, it leaves you raring to go.

The book is full of inspirational stories from people from all walks of life - my favourite being the lady who started running in her 70s! It also has lots of useful tips on running techniques (from the like of Paula Radcliffe), other ways to increase fitness, running gear, and the best way to fuel yourself.

Of course, it also contains all the practical information that guides you through assessing your fitness and targets, and training plans to guide you through 5K, 10K, and marathons runs - even if you are totally unfit to start ;0)

I'll be running my first 5K race next month, and this book has been a great help, both practically and motivationally.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, fun and inspirational! 20 April 2004
Format:Paperback
If you’re looking for a book that will help you make changes in your life, this is definitely the one for you. When I got the book, I couldn’t put it down and when I did, I couldn’t wait to get my running shoes on!
It’s full of practical facts and useful advice written in a fresh easy-to-read style. In fact, the whole style of the book is very fresh and modern and unlike any other fitness book I’ve read. Look out for the great photos at the start of each chapter and the funky illustrations throughout the book.
It breaks down the task of getting fit into manageable, bite-sized chunks that anyone can tackle no matter where you’re starting from. It encourages you to set goals, to reward yourself for reaching those goals and to track your progress along the way but it’s definitely not dry and stuffy. It gives you inspiration then lays out the steps for you to become and stay motivated.
I also love the way that the book is liberally sprinkled with real life stories (many of which are very moving) and quotes that can’t fail to inspire.
It’s got me running … I’ve only just begun the book’s plan but already it’s inspired me to consider which 5k race I want to enter at the end of it (and I’ve never entered a race before in my life!)
You can have anything in life that you really want. If you want fitness, this book is a great tool to help you get there.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great start to a new life 15 May 2005
Format:Paperback
A great start to running and losing weight. This book is a fresh start to a new you. I had been lazy for years occasionally visiting the gym and gradually gaining weight because I didn't exercise enough. I bought this book and was motivated to start running. I haven't stopped since.
I bought the book in November '04 and felt so great I entered the marathon in January '05 running for the charity Sense in a fairly respectable time of 4hrs 32mis ([...] This book is a great start to running, it contains lots of motivational ingrdients; charts to track your weight loss, walking and running programmes to gradually build up your fitness, and 100 reasons to run. You can read it from start to finish very quickly and then start the programme best suited to you.
I still have my well read copy and have bought 5 more for friends and family, including my sister who suffers from ashtma we are going to run the great north run together this year. This really is a great book and a good start to running. I love running now and have had so much fun training, it is much more socialble than I imagined.
Running really lifts your mood and sorts out stress, it has been proven to help depression too. I sleep so much better, approach work with renewed enthusiasm and think life is like summer all year round. I now run happily each weekend from one side of London to the other, through 4 parks, and I don't dread Mondays anymore. If you can't jog at all the book has a programme to build up your ability from one minute to 20 in no time. Running is one of the quickest ways to lose weight fast, you will notice a difference in 2 weeks or less. Buy the book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to love running... 25 May 2004
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be just what the doctor ordered. After attempting to tackle the treadmill on my own and not enjoying it, I sat down with this book and read it from cover to cover in one session (honest!) The fresh approach is inspiring and setting my goals in the book keeps me going back to it after every run I do.
As a beginner, I never thought I'd love running so much, but this book has made me find a new passion.
A great buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, as recommended by my sister. Getting me started on the path to fitness.
Published 8 days ago by P. T. Keenan
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Great to get you geared up and learn of others' experiences who have used this method of running.
Published 1 month ago by Ms. K. Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Really recommend this
Fantastic book. I've never been a runner but followed the ten week plan and now am running a half marathon in October for charity.
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Bought this copy to replace my original that a friend did not return. That how much I love this book, and helpful hint and tips. Read more
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If you are lacking motivation or just doesn't know where to start this is an excellent book. It is fun to read and shows you how happy/healthy/fit you can be if you take up... Read more
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Published 6 months ago by Di Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Recommended by a friend. I've entered my first half marathon and found this very useful and reasurring. The 12week traing plans are really helpful. Great buy!
Published 7 months ago by Liz Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars so far so good .....
on week four .... but yep .... so far its easy AND im loving it !!!!
easy to follow and very motivational .
Published 7 months ago by emma
5.0 out of 5 stars My bible!
I have been considering taking up running for many years, but never sure how to start. I originally borrowed this book from my local library and found it to be such an inspiration... Read more
Published 10 months ago by tracey roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and motivational
As a non-runner I bought this in the hope of feeling inspired - I wasn't disappointed. The book has loads of tips and advice to get started, and has structured plans that can be... Read more
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