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Once a Runner
Once a Runner
by John L. Parker
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fan of Good Literature", 14 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Once a Runner (Paperback)
I would beg to differ with claims that this is not "literature" and that the author is "more coach than writer." Parker knows how to use language, how to capture the mood and movement of running, even how to reach into the runner's being at a purely formal level. I admit that the work is very inconsistent, but the fragments that do work give this novel its amazing potential to transform and inspire. If your idea of good literature is limited to the likes of John Irving, Dan Brown, and Barbara Kingsolver, then yes, perhaps you shouldn't read this book!

RunLog: Diary and Guide for The Runner
RunLog: Diary and Guide for The Runner
by Tim Houts
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Run Log" 6th Edition Review, 26 Dec. 2008
This log is about as up to date on training advice and information as the retro 80's fluorescent running shoe on its cover. I consider the information on nutrition and stretching to be particularly inadequate - e.g. no one should be able to get away with telling runners to "hold each stretch for a period of 15-30 seconds" as a part of their pre-run routine. Countless studies have shown us why dynamic stretching and drills are superior in prepping the body for the demands of running.

My other major qualm with this log is that it only provides space for 24 weeks of training! It is important to most runners that they can record an entire year within one volume. This fact, combined with other informational and organizational choices, shows how this log is designed for the easily misled, 'fitness-oriented' runner.

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