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Not suitable for beginners
on 20 May 2004
The "blurb" about this book claims there's everything a runner needs to know. But if you're looking for a book that is to the point and motivating, don't bother with this one.
It starts off quite well, with step by step guides on buying shoes, do's and don'ts for beginners, and a recommended training program that starts off so easy you wouldn't break a sweat. Thats when the good stuff ends I'm afraid, and you've paid a decent amount of money for 10% of the book.
The rest of the book seems to be just a general chat about running with randomly placed hints and tips. It lacks distinct information on how to acheive specific goals and there are only a few training programmes, and they don't go into much detail. I reckon I could have pulled all this information off a few websites.
There are also many unnecessary photos, of posed permatanned people pouring water over their faces or guys running on beaches with the caption, "When the mind is clear and relaxed, you can visualise success".
On the good side, this book may have one thing or two in it for the experienced runner, but as a beginner I couldn't pick it up. There is also very little science behind any "hints or tips" given.