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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2004
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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2006
A fabulous book. I have gone from a couch potato to a total running enthusiast and a total life change in just 8weeks. I have my first race this weekend.
Reading all the success stories and advice will motivate even the laziest couch potato (being me). It is incredibly easy to follow and makes running great fun, even on the days when sitting on the sofa is hard work.
It honestly does exactly what it says on the cover and I cant rate it high enough.
I would reccommend this book to anyone and everyone.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2004
I liked the idea of running but didn't really know where to start. This book was great, it advised me on everything from what to eat, where to run and what shoes to buy. Which gave me the confidence to just give it a go.
Far more valuable was the feeling that i could achieve anything. It inspired and motivated me to start, and now I am hooked. I have just started training for my first half marathon, im taking it very slowly but it is getting easier. If I don't feel like running one day, I flick through the book, or use one of the motivational methods its suggest.
Truly inspiring. I can't praise this book enough
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2006
You want to start running but find its too hard, or you can already run pretty well and you want to get better. Well this is the book for you, from complete amatures like i myself was to strong runners this book has it all, whats more the simple starting plan is so simple its brilliant yet it produces fantastic results without you falling over and coughing up a lung the first time you try it. The book contains a wealth of top tips, charts to record your progress, and 4 programmes that can see you go from couch potatoe to marathon runner(if you wish to take it that far) in a short period of time.
I had been trying to run for a while and wasnt quite getting the results i was after, but after noticing this book in a shop i had a flick through it and bought it immediatly since then i havent looked back and my running has improved week upon week, my love handles have disapeared and im raring to go all the time. If you want to turn your life a round and create a new you this book will help you along the way, its your companion to a new you, your personal trainer that gives you advice when you are low and will make you smile when you are on a high and it will always have the time for you.
Go on buy it now...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2004
Running Made Easy is simply the best book to get you started, re motivated or on to the next stage. It is the most inspirational book I have owned and read and I have a stack of them to compare it to! The advice, the tips and the success stories all keep you going combined with the excellent photography, charts and page layouts which all add to its unique look. It's in a nice and easy read format that is in a handy 'take with you' size .
You really get the sense that this book has been written by people who are true runners that have been through the highs and lows first hand as the advice is so genuine and the success stories are truly amazing.
If you like running or want to give it a go this is the book for you as it wont fail to motivate you.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2006
I have never been able to run, and have always hated the fact. Being large of figure, the idea of pounding the pavements has been daunting. Nevertheless, I saw this book, for some reason bought it, and with much excitement and trepidation, tried the 10 week running plan they reccommend for all beginners. As of yesterday, I completed this plan, and can run (and walk) for 40 minutes or 5km, something I never saw myself doing in July. I can honestly say, this book has opened a sport to me, and I am mad, keen, and enthusiastic because of it! It breaks everything down into achievable steps, and by doing this, it's suceeded in converting me. Can't praise it enough!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2005
I had only run in the gym before and was interested in running a 10k race. Obviously this would involved preparation and working up to this.
I was reading Zest magazine and came across this book as a special offer. It is the only running book that I've ever bought, but it is so inspirational with lots of success storeis from people from various backgrounds who now love running.
Its so easy to read with well laid out chapters, hints and tips, a workbook to record progress, measurements and weight loss.
It also has different programs for working up to marathon, 10k and half marathon.
I'm now on my second week of the running program and loving it!
I'd thoroughly recommend this book to anyone about to start running. Its so motivational!
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