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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Revised edition edition (Dec 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605295795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605295794
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal

With all the books on running available, deciding which one to buy is not easy. Look no further; the subtitle says it all. Runner's World magazine's executive editor Burfoot had two objectives when producing this book: to gather the best advice possible and to present the information in a user-friendly manner. Burfoot definitely succeeds in producing an up-to-date, useful guide for running enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Every aspect of the sport is covered, from nutrition, injuries, and women's running to speed/endurance, cross-training, mental preparation, and the marathon. Complete with photos, index, and detailed table of contents, this study is a worthy purchase for all public libraries.?Larry Robert Little, Penticton P.L., B.C.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The sport of running is ever changing, be it the shoes we wear or the goals we set, the training methods we use or the role models we emulate. But there is one constant: For 30 years, Runner's World magazine has been recognized worldwide as the leading authority on running. Now, the collective wisdom of some of the most savvy running writers and editors can be found in one book. Whether you are a beginner or veteran runner, here is advice-- both timeless and cutting edge-- guaranteed to maximize your performance and pleasure.

In-depth coverage of training and racing, including:
* A surefire plan for beginners to get "hooked" on running
* 15 surprising foods to boost your running performance
* A program to double your endurance
* Nearly 20 running ailments and how to self-treat them
* A proven method to achieve a breakthrough
* Top 25 training advances over the past 30 years
* Tips from triathletes to maximize your training efficiency
* 11 rules to run a great marathon
* A woman's encyclopedia of running
* The big-five running injuries and how to prevent them
* How to incorporate speedwork into your training
* How to think like a champion
* How to taper your eating, and your training, before a race

Valuable advice from world-class runners, coaches, and doctors:
* Joan Samuelson, 1984 Olympic Marathon gold medalist
* Mark Allen, six-time Hawaii Ironman triathlon champion
* Jeff Galloway, U.S. Olympian and best-selling author
* Joe Ellis, D.P.M., author of Running Injury-Free
* Bob Kempainen, 1992 U.S. Olympic Marathoner
* Doug Kurtis, who has run 60 marathons under 2:20
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7 2003
Format: Hardcover
I wanted a book that provides detailed information about things like running training programs, information about injuries, and information about nutrition. While the Runner's World Complete Book of Running mentions these topics, the information is so watered down that it is barely useful. If you want some serious information I suggest getting Tim Noakes "The Lore of Running" instead. If you simply want to read some warm fuzzy articles that don't really say anything, then buy this book.
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By A Customer on June 29 1999
Format: Hardcover
I often found myself turning back in the book to find places where it gave opposite advice. For a beginners willing to follow almost any tidbit at the promise of improvement, this can be frustrating.
To those new to running who are just looking for more tips: Try a Runner's World subscription first. You'll get 12 months advice, information and motivation--so much that you'll probably realize you didn't need this book after all. (At least Runner's World rarely offers two pieces of conficting advice in the same issue. Month-to-month is another story.)
That said, if you still feel the need to put a running book on the shelf, it'd be tough to top this one. As the title says, it is very complete, and for that reason, one of the best running books I own. Those looking for that one definitive book on general running and racing would probably be best served here.
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By A Customer on Sept. 12 2000
Format: Hardcover
Written by several different authors with Burfoot as a guide at the beginning and end of each chapter, this book is very enjoyable.
I am a new runner this past summer and I have found this book to be a very helpful guide to getting started. It provides a good basic overview of the important parts of running--avoiding injury, nutrition, shoes, etc.
Because of the format of using several different authors, there are places in which the book conflicts with itself. I did not find this troubling. In fact, I think it led me more to realize that running is not an exact science. Different training methods work for different people. Because of the variety in the book, readers will more likely be able to find what works best for them as they "listen to what their body tells them."
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Format: Hardcover
'Runner's World Complete Book of Running' is a compilation of different articles from Runners World magazine. It has 37 articles written by about 25 different authors. While the book has a lot of breath, it lacks a certain commonality between the chapters. Amby Burfoot. The editor, attempts to rectify this by writing introductions and postscripts after each chapter.
With that, the book has a lot of valuable information and is an excellent overview for those that want an summary of the various aspects of running.
On the other side, the book, notwithstanding its title is not 'Everything you need to know to run....'. There is a lot of information and details that are left out.
But if you are looking for a good introductory text into running, this is it.
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Format: Paperback
Contrary to what the title states, this is not "Everything you need to know to run". The book shows painfully that it is just a collection of magazine articles. Like most magazine articles, the content has breadth but no depth. And even though there is an attempt at organizing the content in a structured way, whereever there were no articles there are holes. So if you are looking for just one complete book on running, you will do much better with either one of Bob Glover's books (depending on your level as a runner). This is a decent book with some interesting ideas and concepts (for example the article on embedded circuit training) that will complement nicely your other books.
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By A Customer on Feb. 19 1998
Format: Hardcover
Runner's World has been such a rich source of good reading forrunners that I was somewhat surprised by how ordinary this book is.That the book is a collection of articles from past issues of the Runner's World monthly magazine shows: the book "feels" disjointed. To the editor's credit, it is evident that he has tried, with his comments, to thread all the chapters (read "articles") together, but there still seems to be something missing. If you are a newcomer to running and needs a good first book on running, "The Runner's Handbook" will be a better choice. If you are already a serious runner, you are better off subscribing (or re-subscribing) to the Runner's World monthly magazine.
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Format: Hardcover
Bought this book recently and enjoyed it. Although I am sold on low carbohydrates whereas this book preaches high carbs, I still found it very informative on everything from picking out the right shoes to stretching to the proper way to run/jog.
The book is authored by an expert, Amby Burfooot, in the field. He is editor of Runner's World Magazine and has ran several dozen marathons, so I took his advice seriously and all of it made perfect sense.
The book is very organized and easy to read for anyone and flows smoothly so putting it down was sometimes difficult. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to start running or has already been an avid runner.
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