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Only for fast runners
on October 21, 2010
The book has a section "for beginners" and, before purchasing it, I was led to believe that it was adaptable/suitable for runners of all skill levels. It is not.
There is a couch-to-5K plan in it (which I suppose is how they justify it being for beginners) and, I suppose, this 5K plan is reasonable for a brand-new runner - i.e. it starts with instructions to run one minute, walk 2 minutes "at a comfortable pace"
The trouble is that once you've done this beginning plan, you are running 30 minutes "at a comfortable pace". The next "level" of the training schedule STARTS assuming your absolute slowest pace is a 10 minute mile (6mph). Week one requires that you do 400 meters (quarter mile) at a pace of 2.15 (6.6 on the Treadmill). So you go from running 30 minutes at a comfortable pace to being able to run at 6.6? The first "long run" of the first training plan is only 3 miles (good thing) but it's at a pace of ~10 minute miles (5.8 on the treadmill)!!!
There needs to be an intermediate "phase" that moves a new runner from 30 comfortable minutes of running, to the speed demons the author thinks we all are, that, or don't sell this book as if a beginner (or a slower runner who has lots of running experience but is not fast) could use it.
If you can run fast enough to use the charts he provides, then I guess it's a great plan. Trouble is that it's useless for me as a slower runner.