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The Complete Book Of Running For Women

The Complete Book Of Running For Women [Kindle Edition]

Claire Kowalchik
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More women than ever are discovering the unique benefits of running -- forstress relief, weight management, endurance, and self-esteem. Women'sbodies are not the same as men's, and though we can train just as hard andwith the same passion for excellence, we have certain special concerns.Finally, there is a comprehensive guide exclusively for women whoexperience the pure joy of running, or want to.
It's the simplest, fastest, most accessible way to fitness and good health known to woman. You don't need a partner, equipment, or even much time. Now, Claire Kowalchik, former managing editor of Runner's World magazine, answers every question about the overwhelmingly popular activity that builds endurance, melts fat, and even prevents illness. In this total running book for women, you'll learn:
  • How to get started and stay motivated
  • What to eat for optimal nutrition
  • How to run during pregnancy and after menopause
  • Why running is the most effective form of exercise
  • How to prevent and treat injury
  • What to wear -- from sports bras to running shoes
  • How to prepare for everything from a 5K to a marathon

Authoritative and friendly, The Complete Book of Running for Women is a sourcebook for both beginners and long-time runners. Along with wisdom drawn from the author's personal experience, you'll find advice from the experts: coaches, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, doctors, and other women runners. Including question-and-answer sections and a complete list of resources, The Complete Book of Running for Women tells you everything you need to know to be off and running toward better health and richer living.

About the Author

Claire Kowalchik is the former managing editor at RUNNER'S WORLD magazine. She has run eight marathons, countless road races, and is an assistant instructor for a women's running group.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 938 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (1 Mar. 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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128 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy read excellent running handbook 24 April 2001
By A Customer
As a regular runner, this book is an excellent resource in terms of everything that affects women's running. Easy to read, with lots of charts, examples, addresses for further information etc. Although American and containing lots of "Americanisms", this is the most authorative book I've read on women's running. Beginning with "why run" and covering issues such as pregnancy, eating, safety, menopause, running programs, cross-training, racing and injuries. The book is clearly divided into sections so you can find particular information easily. You don't have to read the whole book in one go!
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book for novices and improvers alike 24 Nov. 1999
By A Customer
This book deals with absolutely everything a beginner like me needs to know about running, from the right shoes to what to do if you are chased by a dog! It has true-life sections from a variety of women, on how running has improved their lives, and is also upbeat enough to motivate me now that the winter mornings are with us. There is enough information to keep even experienced runners reaching for this book, from improving form, to training for races. It lists a number of race and running organisations (mostly American, though). All in all, an excellent 'primer', and although, to be honest, I'm still not very good, it's more a reflection on my athletic skills rather than any fault with the book itself!
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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Ever Bought 18 Feb. 2003
By Ashley
This book covers everything. As well as running there are chapters about nutrition and diet, stretching and training, injuries, racing, motivation and many other topics. I read this book about six months ago and ever since I have used it as a reference at least once a week. This book is full of sensible advice aimed at all female runners of all ages and abilities. There are also helpful training schedules for all standards over all distances of race.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for beginners 13 Nov. 2003
I purchased this book when I started jogging as the 'just for women' appealed to me. It contains lots of relevant info and salient points for the beginner and the experienced runner. You can dip in and out of it at any time and most problems and issues are addressed. Lots of encouragement is contained within the straightforward advice. An inspiration!!
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 8 Aug. 2000
By A Customer
This book contains everything you will need to know to start and continue running. The information given is all based on proven science and fitness practice and training. This book helped me to improve my running, prepare for my first race and run my best time. I don't need any other books and wouldn't be without this one.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I borrowed this book from a friend and within minutes relaized that I had to buy my own copy. It is well-layed out enabling the reader to quickly access information. The topics go beyond the obvious: fitness, health, and weight loss. It challenges the reader to examine one's life as a woman and a healthy person. I am still amazed at the range of topics covered by the book... It entertains, informs, and inspires. You should either own, borrow, or give a copy of this book to someone.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Book for Women Runners! 17 April 1999
By A Customer
I am so glad I bought this book! Claire's advice is comprehensive and she covers virtually every subject that is of interest to women runners. She talks about training for different races, nutrition, special concerns for women, running safely, stretching, weight training, and more. I recommend this training guide for any woman who is interested in beginning a running program or is looking to improve her running. This is a great buy!
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying 26 Mar. 2007
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I bought this about 6 months ago when having hauled my rather overweight backside off the sofa for the first time in 5 years I decided it was high time I got fit and lost weight. This book has been invaluable to me. I had never run anywhere (apart from in PE at school 20 years ago and I hated it even then!) so it was a case of starting from scratch.

This book is specially written for women and takes all things into account (our metabolisms, our bones etc as well as the more obvious PMS, menopause and pregnancy). It gives advice on nutirition, training plans as well as preventing injury, cross training etc.

6 months later I am 3 and a half stone lighter and have just run my very first 10K in an hour!!!! How chuffed am I?

Well worth the investment. Good luck and go for it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Essential reference for women runners. No stone unturned. Presented simply and clearly. The writing remains interesting throughout.
Published 8 days ago by CNR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect gift for a keen young runner. Holds lots of info and tips. Ordered yesterday and arrived today. Great.
Published 1 month ago by early santa
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money - read Sam Murphy's Run for LIfe instead
I am simply amazed at the positive reviews for this book. Although it's reasonably comprehensive, it's very American, by which I mean there are pages and pages devoted to women... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Flyingbird
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
a bit basic
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Justina Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good, informative book.
Published 3 months ago by kay hester
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant book, easy to read in sections and full ...
This is a brilliant book, easy to read in sections and full of useful tips, for example breathing patterns and running downhill.
Published 4 months ago by Not Happy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good instructions
Published 5 months ago by Claire E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Very detailed and well researched highly recommended to support starting and continuing running for all ages and stages of life
Published 9 months ago by jjs
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Book
I think this book is very good especially if you are running mad like me. There are lots of tips that I am putting into place and it keeps you interested through out.
Published 11 months ago by S A MARTIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great informative read
Covers everything you need to know in an honest and understandable format. I'm looking forward to putting what I've learnt into practice.
Published 12 months ago by Nikki T
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