John Stanton, a prominent Canadian running expert and successful sports entrepreneur, has written a very helpful guide for the world of recreational running. As a sequel to his earlier book, "Walking", Stanton lays out a number of key essentials and objectives for those of us seriously looking at taking up the sport. What I like about this manual for starters is that it presents all the main components of running in a language that is easy to understand by those new to the activity. Running, in order to be fully appreciated and enjoyed, must be undertaken with respect to proper physical conditioning, nutritional consumption, work-out scheduling, equipment requirements, injury rehabilitation and endurance training. As someone who has successfully completed several marathons, I can attest to the importance of Stanton's detailed program for getting in shape. While running can be enjoyable and fulfilling, it makes certain demands on the human frame that require us to be physically able to handle them. Under each of these headings, Stanton provides a wealth of information in the form of tips on food intake, length of training sessions, injury types and ideal treatments, and successful running styles. Whatever kind of race or distance one wants to run, Stanton has the goods on what it will take for that person to reach their goal. Only by properly taking care of one's body through the adoption of proven training techniques and strategies can a runner begin to feel that he or she is making headway. Remember, this is an athletic pursuit that calls on people to build up various degrees of strength in the lower body, the abdominal area and shoulders. Because Stanton is an accomplished and dedicated runner himself, he is able to identify key moments when one should pour it on or cut back. If one seriously takes up this important lifestyle, be prepared for many hours of investment of one's time. However, the dividends more than make up for it. Everything in this book is practical based on how it tries to get runners to manage their own aspirations.