"Runner's World" Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Know to Run for Fun, Fitness and Competition Paperback – 5 Mar 2010
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From the Publisher
Runners World is the worlds leading running magazine and brand, sponsoring virtually every road race in the UK.
Essential reading for all runners from beginners to winners
Includes advice from Olympic champions and best-selling running authors
Offers precise techniques, detailed instructions, and calendar countdowns for big events --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Amby Burfoot is Executive Editor, Runner's World magazine and winner of the 1968 Boston marathon.
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In his words, "This book covers everything you need to know about running and a bit more."
I then bought my own copy and recommend this book to my clients - primarily because of the introduction written by Amby.
It lists 10 principles - and I collect principles - the same way some people collect stamps.
A great book on "Principles" has been written by Ray Dalio is free from his website if you're interested - but anyway back to this book...
1. Start today
2. Remember the child within
3. Accept no barriers
4. Keep it simple
5. Be a tortoise
6. Never, never quit
7. Eat well
8. Find a partner or several
9. Maintain a balance in your life
10. Run for your life (my favourite)...
This book then covers each principle in more detail and is full of helpful advice.
It's written in an easy to comprehend way, has loads of lovely pictures and isn't too "deep"...
Wearing proper shoes - seems so simple and yet we often overlook the obvious - and that's what I love about this book - it covers enough to get you started and keep you safe...
It's not a book about advances in science - latest supplements - how to run a marathon in a world beating time - it's simply a great book for people who want to begin running...
The hardest part of becoming a runner is "tying up your shoelaces and waking out the door" and simple advice like - go running as early as possible in the day because you have less time to talk yourself out of it - is worth it's weight in gold because it's simple stuff that works...
Anyway, principle 1 is "real" - start today. I encourage my clients to begin walking for 1 minute today and increase this by 1 minute per day until you are moving consistently for 1 hour every day because it starts the process of getting better - and is simple - and it works...
If you are serious about be owning a body that is becoming fitter, stronger and healthier - and you want running as part of your "wellness package" then buy this book.
If you're already an experienced runner - then buy this book - highlight the bits that really stand out for you - and then give the book to someone you care about and want to encourage to become healthier...
Anyway, love the book - it has a simple plan to get you started and is a great addition to any collection of "getting better books"...
Well ok, there are many books going deeper into most parts of running for the really serious runners, but if you're after one running book, let this one be it.
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.
Whilst it tells some very inspiring stories, it lacks the basic knowledge that I was looking for, and as it is particulary aimed at the American market, ( I live in the UK), most of the information it gave was irrelevant to me.
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