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How to Run: From fun runs to marathons and everything in between: All You Need to Know About Fun Runs, Marathons and Everything in Between Paperback – 14 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; 1 edition (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847370748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847370747
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Paula spoke to Sport about the races that have left their mark - for better and for worse...' --Interview, Sport 27/5

`Win gold in London then retire? No, I'd keep going'
--Interview with Brian Viner, Independent, syndicated to Belfast Telegraph 8/5

About the Author

Paula Radcliffe is the current women's world record holder in the marathon. She's competed in the Olympics three times and won the New York City Marathon in 2004, 2007, and 2008. She is the author of "Paula: My Story So Far."


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As an avid runner I found this book to be fun read while at the same time very informative. Paula Radcliffe, a phenomenal elite athlete, has written a book that not only helps the novice runner, but also those who want to improve their training and increase stamina. The visual pictures, which I loved, enhances Radcliffe's forthright advice.
The book is broken up into 10 chapters.

Chapter One, "Set Your Goals", emphasizes to keep a journal and make two lists setting up realistic goals and dream goals visualizing those dreams and so you may attain them.

Chapter Two "Getting Ready" walks you through how to chose the correct sneaker based on the type of foot you have. She also picks apart the sneaker and socks to wear with great visuals She continues with the type of clothing to purchase based on weather conditions and to make sure they are moisture wicking. She also has a section on gadgets and gizmos. These are necessary to purchase to achieve a goal. These items include a heart rate monitor, mp3 and running glasses.

Chapter Three, "Taking Care of Your Body", emphasizes on stretching pre and post workout. Again the visuals play an integral part in his chapter. Radcliffe also includes definitions on symptoms a runner may incur when running, such as shin splints and muscle soreness. This was one of my favorite chapters!

Chapter Four, "Getting Started", suggests different ways a runner can get motivated to run. You may run with a friend, a running group or club. With the groups a runner should make sure that a qualified coach is on hand to advise the runner. The running buddy helps a novice not only socially but to motivate each other. Radcliffe also includes a sample diary for the weekly run.
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I have been running now for about 18 months, nothing technical just put on a pair of trainers and off I go, last year I got so I could run 10k in 52 mins (prev couldn't run 100 yard). I now find I want to improve and this book gives lots of valuable information, training plans and tips. Great for anyone starting out or even the intermediate or even like me someone who wants to continue running but go for a new PB! worth reading
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Perfect for someone training (say) for their first 10km race, stepping up to their first half marathon, or wanting to take a minute off their parkrun time. You should give it to your friend who has just got a place in the London Marathon. It is very clear, attractive, accessible and thorough. Excellent advice and some clear training tips and plans.

Just three thoughts:

1. We're a long way from Alf Tupper, grinding out grim miles on some northern moorland in the rain. This is the world of core stability, gym balls, sunshine in the Pyrenees, and a warm track in Lanzarote. The book does make it look appealing.

2. She is a stretchaholic. Paula Radcliffe honestly does do more stretching than running (almost). She is immensely fast, so the rest of us would do well to listen.

3. But a whole page on what to look for in a pair of running socks? Really?!
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Two months in, the training schedules in the book have opened up running for me. I'm achieving more, and enjoying it more, than I ever through possible. Going to the gym doesn't work for me time-wise, and getting running seemed like an unpleasantly necessary way forward, but I'm now a convert. The clothing guides are also useful.

The one thing I didn't like about the book (and hence lost it a star) it that in the pictures and some comments it comes across as an extended advert for Nike clothing. I often felt as if I should be paid for reading it, rather than the other way round.

Still, that aside - if you want to get running, it's a great book and well worth the investment.
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I read this book and Kara Goucher's in the same week, and Kara's was a far better buy! Although I enjoyed Paula's first book and I was keen to hear what new things she had to say, especially about running and pregnancy, and getting back into running after a baby, this was very much directed at novice runners, offering expansive but basic info (most of which is available elsewhere) with very few personal anecdotes or touches that made it feel like it was really Paula writing it, and not some ghost writer. In short, don't bother: buy Kara's!
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I really wanted to like this book as I have so much respect for Paula Radcliffe. I've been running for years so I didn't expect all of it to be new to me but I did hope that there would be enough to justify buying it. I was wrong. This is aimed at beginners and gives little to anybody who has run for more than say... 1 year.

I began to get interested when it discussed mental attitude but frustratingly it never went into any detail. Then there was the blatant over-plugging of everything NIKE. The glossy pictures were packed with their products. I know Paula is sponsored by NIKE but it felt too much like catalogue.

If you are a beginner then I would recommend it. It keeps it simple and doesn't get too technical. The more experienced you are as a runner the less you will get from it.
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