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The most suitable running book I've read so far
on 15 January 2008
After suffering a few annoying, and occasionally painful, injuries over the last 18 months, I've spent quite a while reading books and trying to correct a couple of faults in my running action. I have tried John Noakes Lore of Running (although there's not much mention to technique and is more a compilation of various training programmes and scientific studies), Romanov's POSE method, and Chi-Running. While they've all got their own merits, and I would recommend them all in their own right, I've found it difficult to throw myself into either of the techniques. You really need to buy into the philosophies of the POSE and Chi-Running techniques, and I never really found their arguments to be convincing enough for me to commit to them.
This is why I'm so pleased with 'Running Well'. The book really emphasizes that there might not be a one-size-fits-all approach and instead provides a central source of general good practises to running technique and injury prevention. I think anyone looking to purchase such a book should start with 'Running Well' and then maybe look to some of the more prescriptive alternatives if they then feel its appropriate, rather than the other way round.
I could see that serious club and elite runners might want a more heavyweight training manual, but I really think that this book would meet the needs of the remaining 95% of us.
The presentation of the book is excellent and I'd wholeheartedly agree with the book's synopsis that states the content to be accessible. I consider this to be the most relevant book of its type.