Runner's World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness, and Competition Paperback – Dec 22 2009
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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."
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I thought so highly of this book that I gave a friend my old paperback copy and bought the hardcover for my library. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2001 by mark861
When I started running about a year ago, this book was my only guide. The book is loaded with valuable information that helped make my running program much, much easier. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2001 by A. Wolverton
An excellent book for those after a general overview of running. I like using it as a basic reference point for a simple answer to questions such as injurys, diet, mental... Read morePublished on April 22 2001 by Matthew Griffin
Middle of the road, middle of the pack glimpse at what Runner's World magazine does best: steer the recreational and sometimes competitive runner with conflicting advice. Read morePublished on April 28 1999 by email@example.com
This book is a compilation of the best articles published in Runners World Magazine. I loved it and use the information to heal injuries, train better, and run faster. Read morePublished on March 25 1999