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Zest: Running Made Easy Paperback – 21 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Anova; Rev. & Updated Ed edition (21 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843404346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843404347
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 172 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Currently the number-one selling fitness book on, "Running Made Easy" is quite simply the easiest, friendliest, most inspiring running book ever written. Fully revised and updated for 2008, this must-have guide is designed to get everyone who thought they could never run on their way to a better body, bags of confidence and soaring energy levels."Running Made Easy" takes things right back to basics with the easiest ever beginner's plan, fill-in charts and diary sections, plus all the jargon-free tips and advice you need to learn to love running. This book is there to support you with amazing stories and tips from regular and celebrity runners, plus chapters on goal setting and mind games to get you back on track.Read this book and we guarantee you'll run away with a healthier mind and body, feeling empowered to succeed at whatever challenge you set yourself - whether that's running a lap of your local park, taking on a first race or marathon, or just changing your life for the better. (60,000 words).

About the Author

LISA JACKSON is deputy chief sub-editor on Zest magazine. An extremely reluctant convert to running, she's now an ardent evangelist and has run seven marathons in fancy dress: London (twice), Edinburgh, Berlin, Paris, Rome and New York. Born in South Africa, she lives in London with her husband Graham.

Running pace: Think of the slowest runner you know – then think twice as slow!

Running CV: I’m a late-onset runner. For 31 years I was a fully paid-up member of The Couch Potato Society. Exercise? No one can say they loathed, hated and detested it more than me. In fact, I never once failed to drive to the corner shop – which was all of a two-minute walk! Then in June 1998 I was blown away by the electrifying atmosphere of a 5K race that I’d very reluctantly been cajoled into doing. I was surprised by just how much of a kick I got from the crowds, the camaraderie and the cheering.
Soon afterwards, my aunt signed up for the Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon, and I was consumed with envy. Terrified, I threw caution to the wind and entered, too. Again I was bowled over by the thrill of having dared to challenge myself to run 21km (13.1 miles). Six months later, I tackled the London Marathon and had one of the most memorable days of my life. From then on, I was unstoppable. Six other marathons followed, along with an alarming desire to run a marathon a year until the candles on my birthday cake resemble a bushfire.

SUSIE WHALLEY is features editor on Zest magazine. Having rediscovered running in her mid-20s after a long lapse, she's now run four London Marathons, and is currently planning to run the New York City Marathon. She lives in London with her husband Adam.

Running pace: Average – not exceptional – but getting faster!

Running CV: My earliest memories of running are of trotting off down country lanes with my dad to fetch the day’s baguette on family holidays in France. I wasn’t sure why, but even aged eight, with little legs that could barely keep up, I was desperate to follow in his footsteps and take up running. At school I waited eagerly for sports days, which I enjoyed just about as much as all the other girls hated, and every year I’d watch the London Marathon with tears in my eyes and dream of taking part.
My ambitions got shelved at university (wild nights out distracted me!), so when I decided to start training for the marathon aged 25, it felt pretty tough. My running partner Louise and I couldn’t even manage one lap of the park at first, but we ploughed on, completed our first 5K race (I was so exhausted I had to sleep for two hours afterwards) and eventually took on the marathon. Once wasn’t enough, and now the London Marathon has turned into an annual challenge that inspires and overawes me every time I do it.

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