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Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running : The Revolutionary Program That Revitalized a Champion Paperback – August 2, 2002

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"Terrific for beginning runners. A fitness program that's simple and works."--Bill Rodgers, four-time Boston Marathon Winner, four-time New York City Marathon Winner

A Revolutionary Approach to Running for Fitness and Pleasure from One of the Greatest Runners of All Time

"Remarkably thorough and well-balanced. Will keep you running for decades."--Amby Burfoot, Editor, Runner's World, 1968 Boston Marathon Winner

"Runners have much to gain from Alberto Salazar's world-class knowledge."--Mary Decker Slaney, World-Record Holder, Olympian

In Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running, the marathon hall-of-famer draws on the latest research and his own experiences to show why, when it comes to reaping the many health and fitness benefits of running, harder and longer isn't better, and consistency matters most. He shares his hard-won lessons on running and outlines a sensible and adaptable low-impact training program for nonrunners wanting to get fit, runners dissatisfied with their current workouts, runners recovering from injuries, and anyone looking for a fitness program they will follow for years.

About the Author

An NCAA track and cross country champion at the University of Oregon, Alberto Salazar burst onto the American and world marathon scene with a victory in the 1980 New York City Marathon. During his running career he set one world and six U.S. records in various distances. He broke longstanding marathon records in New York in 1981, and Boston in 1982, and won the New York event three years in a row. Beset by injuries for nearly a decade, Salazar returned to competitive running in 1995 and won the 53.75-mile Comrades ultramarathon in South Africa. A marketing executive with Nike, Salazar now runs mostly for fitness and enjoyment. Richard Lovett, a veteran of numerous marathons and an avid runner, is a full-time writer and author of The Essential Touring Cyclist, (Ragged Mountain Press, 1994) and co-author of The Essential Cross Country Skier (Ragged Mountain Press, 2000). He is a former law professor who also holds a Ph.D. in economics. Hometown: Portland, Oregon (both)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine Publishing (August 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071400664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071400664
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,174,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Decker on August 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a superb book for beginners. Anyone who questions its "slow and easy" approach has never watched friends take on fitness programs with great enthusiasm, only to get hurt or lose interest a couple of months later. This book's number one goal is to keep that from happening by setting goals that Salazar describes as "so easy that you'll always be wanting more." It gains credibility coming from Salazar, who was renowned for his grueling training schedules. My guess is that a lot higher fraction of people who listen to him will be running a year from now than of those who risk an accelerated program not suitable for untrained beginners. The book is also loaded with answers to questions that beginners ask all the time, including many that will apply to beginning racers. If you've been running for a year or two, you may already know most of the answers, but in those first few months it's all new, and this book covers the ground nicely, in a pleasant, easy-to-read style. It's also loaded with entertaining a necdotes. Did you know that Salazar once ran several miles of a marathon with a side stitch so bad it hurt for weeks afterward? No wonder he had what it took to win! Also fun is the fact that Salazar shares the stage with his co-author, giving the book a mix of world-class and "average runner" perspectives. It's an unusual approach that works nicely, because the co-author can write from experience about issues that front-running Salazar never had to face. Bottom line: if you've been sedentary for a few years and are wanting to do something about it, this is your book. If you've been running for a few years (as I have), it's a great gift for that friend who's thinking about starting an exercise program.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Running always appealed to me but everytime I considered taking it up I had second thoughts because of all the injured friends I know who are runners. This didn't seem healthy, so I thought "Why run?".
I ran across this book in a book review in a local paper and was intrigued because it said you could run with a much reduced possiblity of injury by following the plan outlined in the book. Reading it made a lot of sense and I could see many places where my running friends had made mistakes that probably lead to their injuries. I've read other books that back up what the author says so he isn't advocating some "out there" method but rather a method that will allow you to run to improve your health, which is what most of us are probably looking for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have always heard (and observed) that runners have better endurance and overall fitness. I had tried jogging, mostly after dark, to try and get "up to speed" with other people in my biking club, but gave up after feeling faint. After reading this book, running doesn't seem as intimidating; I am gradually improving my cardiovascular fitness, so I can excel at the sports I love. The discussion about breathing, form, and stretching were especially helpful. The book was inspiring to me.
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An amazing athlete and wonderful read! I liked the product very much! It was exactly what I wanted. Product was delivered fast, was as described and received professional service!
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14 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul Campos on July 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It's sad that one of the greatest distance runners of his generation has lent his name to a book that purports to require a couple of hundred pages to transform people into 12-15 mile per week fitness joggers.
Here's how to do it in 150 words, instead of 50,000:
(1) Buy appropriate running shoes from a running store (they'll tell you what's appropriate for you).
(2) Go outside and walk/jog for 15 minutes, or until you are really tired, whichever comes first.
(3) Repeat step (2) three to five times per week, increasing both the percentage of time you are jogging rather than walking, and the total time spent moving briskly, until you reach a point where you are jogging for at least 30 minutes without walking or stopping. Reaching this stage will take some people a few days and others several weeks. (Salazar recommends taking 52 weeks to reach this level, which is absurd).
That's all there is to it -- really. You don't need to pay a former world class marathoner for this information.
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