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The only book I've bought six times,
This review is from: The Runner's Handbook: The Best-selling Classic Fitness Guide for Beginner and Intermediate Runner (Paperback)
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!