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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 3Rev Ed edition (29 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140469303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140469301
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bob Glover is founder and president of Robert H. Glover and Associates, Inc., a sports and fitness consulting firm. Since he founded the program in 1978, Glover has directed the running classes for the New York Road Runners.Shelly Glover is a certified exercise physiologist with a master's degree from Columbia University; she coaches all levels of runners and is a frequent competitor.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is the first book on running I have read. However, as a reader of running/sports magazines (Running Fitness, Runner's World, 220 Triathlon, etc.) it is clear that Bob Glover has to be one of the best coaches around; his advice throughout is repeated by all of these magazines - they can't all be wrong!
All aspects of running, including cross-training and how to juggle running and work/family (the runner's triangle), are discussed and while the facts and figures are all American, the same is true for the UK in most respects.
This book can be 'dipped into' very easily, and the easy-going conversational style make it a fun read - this is no heavy academic tome - but the information is all there; it is over 700 pages of useful stuff that even a lot of more experienced runners may not realise.
Another point which may seem rather weak to some - it's compact enough to take away; my copy has been to France, Spain, Greece - and yes, it has information on running while abroad or away from home. I still refer back to it regularly, and it has definately proved its worth
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 2000
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This book contains everything you will ever need to know about running. I started using the beginners training schedule (week one, run 1 minute, walk 1 minute), progressed to the improvers and by 12 months had completed my first marathon (4:31:18) in (relative!) comfort. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 May 2008
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'The Runners Handbook' is a comprehensive book covering nearly all aspects of running. It stretches to just over 700 pages, which is a lot of information about this sport. The topics it covers are extremely varied and include, reasons to exercise, getting started and maintaining motivation, training diaries, beginner and intermediate programs, racing, equipment, nutrition, altering your running to suit different environments, fitting your training in with everyday life, women runners, aging runners, kids and disabled runners, illness and injury, cross training and supplemental training and overall wellness. Glover writes extremely well and informally, making for an interesting and engaging read. This book has plenty of tables, but no diagrams that would have added to the overall aesthetic and made clear some of the points raised. This book is written mainly for the American market, but the information enclosed can easily be applied anywhere. It doesn't have much information on various training techniques, such as fartlek and intervals and although these are mentioned briefly, not to any great degree. This is an in-depth and comprehensive book, but for a more attractive package that provides much of the same information I recommend the runners world complete book of running by Amby Burfoot.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Petrolhead VINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2007
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Coach Glover's guide is funny, inspiring, informative and comprehensive. It covers everything from training for a marathon (he got me through it!) to buying a sports bra (an area where I have yet to put his advice to the test). I'm sure there are plenty of other books about running, but this is the only one I've ever needed or wanted. After the marathon I gave my battered old copy to a friend who was thinking of running a marathon too (and did). I keep buying Glover and passing him on to friends with marathon ambitions, which is why I've bought this book six times.

This is a very easy read, full of wit and wisdom, and you can dip in and out whenever you need a bit of inspiration or advice (and it makes for great loo reading). It is not specifically a marathon book, although you may well end up surprising yourself by doing the 26 miles. Glover is like a friend who will give you that extra bit of motivation to get your running shoes on but will also keep you level-headed and help you avoid overdoing it. He doesn't prescribe a single right way of doing things -- he lets you choose whether you're a weekend jogger or a marathon runner or a racer, and you can take or leave the rest of it. You should end up fitter and more aware of how your body works, and probably a keen runner. I'm not super sporty -- I'm slothful, always slightly overweight and have a bad back. But I love running. Glover is the coach for me!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Davies on 4 May 2008
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If you're training for your first marathon, a 5k 'Race for Life' or just trying to get fit then this book will help with your motivation.

It's a thick book full of information about how to run, when to run and what will compliment your training. It's a US book so some of the info is US-orientated but still valid on this side of the so called 'pond'. I've skipped many chapters and cherry-picked the information I felt applicable to my needs. It's a good book which I find to be more of a motivational tool rather than a book which defines my running.

It's aimed at the serious runner, a competitor. That's not me - I run to keep fit, I don't run in competitions. However, the book is still a worthwhile purchase and it does help you run, and as I said, it's quite motivational.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Binka VINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2007
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It seriously did change my life which for this price isn't bad at all.

Six months ago I couldn't run but signed up for a 5k Race For Life. I bought this book and its been my running bible ever since. I followed the beginner's running programme and 2 months later ran the 5k in 29 minutes. There are programmes for 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon races. Advice on diet, trainers, injury, race preperation and anything else you could need to know. If you want to get into running, improve your time or distance or start racing then I'd totally recommend this book.
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