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The Competitive Runner's Handbook: The Bestselling Guide to Running 5Ks through Marathons [Kindle Edition]

Bob Glover , Shelly-lynn Florence Glover
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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For both runners entering that first neighborhood race and elite marathoners, trainers Bob and Shelly-lynn Florence Glover's completely revised guide is the book on training to compete. A book that's already sold close to 200,000 copies, The Competitive Runner's Handbook will now offer all the latest information needed to design basic training programs; special workouts to increase strength, endurance, and power; schedules and worksheets to develop individual goals; and specifics on preparing for all kinds of races?with an emphasis on the 10K and the marathon.Informed by their over thirty years of coaching experience, the Glovers give winning tips on alternative training, footwear and diet, and common injuries and illnesses, as well as sensible advice on balancing running with work and home life.


From the Author

AT LAST! Complete rewrite is off and running April 1999
It took over two years to write this book. Why so long for the 3d edition (1983 and 1988 were #1 & #2)? First, it is 700 pages long. Second, so much has changed with research and with our experiences coaching over 3,000 runners each year in our New York Road Runner's Club classes that I had to throw out the old editions and start all over. This book is very, very thorough. It contains everything you need to guide you to success for 5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon racing--and all the distances in between. Most important, it is written the way we coach--in a fun, lively style that will get you pumped up to enjoy your running and to run a great race.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3401 KB
  • Print Length: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised edition (1 April 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140469907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140469905
  • ASIN: B000QCSA4A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars need a running tip? any running tip? 23 Jun. 2004
Format:Paperback
This is the one. Being a naturally cautious boy, I initially bought the Runner's Handbook. This one is a considerable improvement - it repeats much that is in the original; however, unless you're the kind of runner who can't manage more than a run down the end of the road, you should ditch the first book in favour of the Competitive ... It has all the useful information contained in the previous version, and then a lot more that will help you move up a level, whether you're low or mid-intermediate. Any higher than that (ie if you're looking at sub-40 minute 10kms, etc.) and I suspect you already know what you're doing and you're not looking to buy a book like this, although you may find some useful tips. Stretching, injury, different programs for different distances and different types of runners; ideas on how to run on various types of terrain; in different weather conditions. It's all there, and not only are the sub-chapters there to answer any question you might have but, most importantly, it's well written and intelligently done. There is very little filler in this book. There are very few annoying Americanisms and little wasted space - every chapter serves a purpose, is well constructed and leaves you with a bit idea of what you're trying to achieve. A great buy amidst the wealth of running books available.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for every serious club runner 20 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you are serious about your running then you need this book. This book covers just about every aspect of running from the point of view of a club athlete who is looking to improve their running.
Too many books and magazines are written for people who are new to running and want some simple advice on how to get around their local 10K before it gets dark - if that is what you want try another book.
Wether you are serious about running a fast 5K or a sub 3 hour marathon this book provides heaps of useful advice. Ther are chapters on specific training for all distances from 5K upwards, stretching, fartlek training, tempo training, treadmills, heart rates, illnesses, cross training ....
The book is written in such a way that you can either read it from cover to cover or you can dip into it as a useful reference manual. Since I unwrapped my copy, on Christmas day last year, hardly a day goes by when I don't 'dip into it'.
I challenge anybody to buy this book and not improve their running!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all runners 14 May 2001
Format:Paperback
Having being a serious runner for about 5 years I thought I knew everything about running. I was wrong. This books gives you everything you need to know about every aspect of running. It has quite alot of funny comments which makes you chuckle but it was we all think. The Mental Training chapter contained within the book I found to be very benefitcial. I ran the London Marathon this year and Bob's words were ringing in my ears over the last few painful miles. Although it is called the competitive runner's handbook, it does cater for beginners as well as the speed merchants who we see disappearing off into the distance. This book is a must. I guarantee once you pick it up you will not be able to put it down.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars T-H-E Runner's Bible 23 Nov. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Covers most aspects of running to satisfy both the beginner and the serious club athlete. All chapters are relevant and easy to read but the most useful I find are the concepts behind speed training, the schedules which cover a variety of distances, psychological tips and the nutrition sections. I run all distances from 5k to ultras (sometimes for fun, sometimes competitively), I am self coached and I own 5 other running books but I always refer back to this book. It was useful to me when I was a beginner (the first edition) and it is still useful to me now after 18 years of running.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's in here somewhere .... 31 Jan. 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I guess it depends what you like in a running book, but I find Glover's style verbose. The tips & techniques are in here, but they tend to be buried in a wealth of guff. If you want a book that says "Here's what you do - get on with it!" then try Beck's Run Strong. But if you like a long, meandering fireside chat, liberally interspersed with anecdotes and tangents, but the odd useful tip every now and again, then go for this one.
This book would suit those comparatively new to running in organised events. Like a previous reviewer, I think that if you are already an experienced competitive runner then there is little this book can tell you. Do you really need to be reminded to pack your race number ... ?
The lack of photos or drawings to illustrate stretches is just plain stupid. Also, Glover advises changing your footstrike to improve running economy which, apart from being a sure-fire recipe for injury, research has shown makes no real difference to race times.
Finally, it's written in 'American', which is not necessarily a bad thing in itself, but you'll need to understand feet, yards, pints & quarts to get the most out of it. And the tediously repetitive references to Central Park ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Running Book On Market 16 Nov. 2006
Format:Paperback
I have been running for 3 1/2 years now and this is still my favorite book. I have purchased and sold many on the way but I still go back to this book and would like a hardbacked version as mine is getting a bit tatty.

Covers everything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 3 Oct. 2007
By RJH
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book goes into lots of detail on all aspects of running, but always remains readable and interesting. I've recently qualified as a Personal Trainer and find a lot of running books are too basic, but I'm learning lots from this, particularly on what actually works at a practical level. At the same time, jargon is minimal, things are explained clearly and the many questions I've had about my own running potential are answered. This is so useful to be able to set myself realistic challenges when I've really had no idea before what I'm capable of. There's just so much covered and so much useful information that I've struggled to find anywhere else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about marathon training
I'm training for my first marathon and this book was recommended to me as its full of 'everything you need to know' . I dip into it most days and its great for referencing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan P. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Far more detailed that I had hoped for. Being only a beginner at running competitively it has set me goals which have pushed me on and achieved very good times. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Well written and informative. Good guidance on injuries. Excellent programmes. Highly recommended purchase for any runner. It's all in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE READ TO DATE.
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I don't run but my brother in law is a keen runner and asked for this book & he is very pleased with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful But Oh So Wordy
I got this as I wanted to move up to the marathon and wanted a good running book that covers it all. Well from that point it does not disappoint. Read more
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Great book and a great price, some really useful and still relevant information in there. Althought it's old it has some stuff which is still up to date.
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