The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running, 2nd Edition Paperback – Mar 4 2003
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About the Author
Bill Rodgers is America's unofficial ambassador of distance running. He has won the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon four times each, and is the author of Bill Rodgers's Lifetime Running Plan with Scott Douglas. Scott Douglas is a senior writer at Running Times magazine, and is co-author of The Distance Runner's Handbook with past Olympian Pete Pfitzinger
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Thirty years ago, when I started training seriously for marathons, most people who saw someone running down the street thought that person was either a crook or a kook. Read the first page
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However, this book is by no means an all-inclusive guide to endurance running. This book tends to be aimed towards amateur road racers and novice runners and not so much for track athletes, high school cross-country runners, or experienced competitive runners who are looking for advanced racing strategy tips. Also, this book is not for people who are running because they want to burn a specific amount of calories for weight loss. If you are a serious, competitive runner looking for some serious coaching tips, The Competitive Runner's Handbook might be better for you. Overall, Bill Rodgers has intended this book to be a book on amateur running in general. If you want to sprint, or if you want to be top 10 in a college cross-country invitational, something else might do the job better.
One key principle in the book is that you need to build up your endurance slowly. If you push yourself too hard at the start, you'll be sore and miserable, and you run an increased chance for injury. Together, these are a major disincentive to ever run again! Building incrementally gives your body time to adjust to the stresses of running.
The authors also emphasize stretching, which I've found to be very helpful in preventing soreness and injury.
The best thing I can say about this book is that it works. I've personally worked my way through Rodgers and Douglas's plan where you build up to 30 minutes of running. Now I've been running for over a year and a half. At the 6 month mark, I got to the point of running 6 miles at a stretch, and I did my first 5K in May. I've since decreased my distance, but I'm working back up to the 10K mark again. I feel proud of myself for going from nothing to 10K.
Other resources (e.g. Runner's World magazine) can be overwhelming for all of their sophistication. I'm thankful for this book because it gave me a goal, a plan, and lots of good advice and encouragement along the way.