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The Complete Book of Running Hardcover – September 12, 1977

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Discusses not only the physical benefits of running, but its psychological benefits as well: increasing self-esteem, acquiring a "high" from running, and being able to cope better with pressure and tension. Yep, it still sells.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (September 12, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394411595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394411590
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on July 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
How well I remember when this book was published in 1977. I was a teenager and hardly anyone I knew jogged or ran for pleasure. In those days it was rare to see anyone on the street actually doing exercise. With this book, Jim Fixx revolutionized the world of exercise, and especially the sport of running. This book precipitated the running boom of the late 70's when every granny laced up her New Balance's or Saucony's and hit the streets. Jim Fixx was an overweight business executive who began running simply because he wanted to improve his tennis game. He loved running so much that he gave up tennis to concentrate on increasing his weekly running mileage.
Fixx writes extremely well and it's still hard to put this down. It's held up remarkably well in the intervening 25 years and the information is still current and just as riveting as it was back then. Fixx has special chapters on kids running, women, senior citizens, injuries and the Boston marathon. He spends considerable detail on expounding upon the magical "runner's high" which occurs on runs lasting more than 45 minutes. Based on considerable personal experience, I will say that the runner's high is freequently elusive, but you'll know when you get it.
Jim Fixx died of a heart attack in the late 1980's while running on a quiet Vermont road. Unfortunately, this became the butt of some late night jokes made by overweight comics thinking it was ironic that a running guru would die of a heart attack. But Jim Fixx has the last laugh: he helped usher in the running boom and cement this avocation in the lives of millions of people. This is an outstanding book, as interesting and readable as it was when it was first published all those years ago.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Bradley on August 25, 2003
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Decades after it's initial release, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF RUNNING has become a classic and remains what it was Fixx intended it to be: a great guide for beginners and a textural gathering place for multitudes of runners.
Some of the training tips have been overwhelmed by further study, and Fixx's recommendation to buy good running shoes has been slammed as the starting point for Nike's attempt to take over the universe, but the book is still inspirational to anyone looking for some kind of cultural backbone for what is, at it's core, the most individualist fitness activity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I started running way, way before the "running craze" hit. This was in the late 1950 and very early 1960. Let me tell you it was pretty lonely out there. Little was known, shoes were very primitive and attitudes were even more primitive. All that changed and one of the primary movers of that change was this book and books like it. You have no idea how nice it was to know there were others out there. I purchased my first copy when it was first published and am still reading it to this day. Yes, some of the data my be a bit dated but to tell you the truth, not all that much. I stil run and what was true then is still pretty much the truth now. Cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sperko on August 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I felt this was a very good book. He covered all the topics I would hope to see in a running book including injury prevention, training, nutrition, racing... The book was an quick easy read.
Since I am new to running I learned alot. What I found particularly interesting was just how current this 25 year old book was. It doesn't seem that that much has changed even in equipment. The shoes are different, but his advice on shoes is relevant. As is his advice on most topics covered.
I am personally glad I own this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ronald C. Poggi on March 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was a junior in high school back in 1981 when I first read this book. It inspired me to run my first marathon, which I did in the spring of 1982 at age 17. What an experience that was. The dream of running in the Boston Marathon started because of what read in THIS book. Let's be truthful, it was mostly the possibility of seeing all those "college girls" cheering me on. What can I say, I was a teenager. I ran another marathon at 19. Then I stopped running for about 20+ years.

Well, you see, about 3 years ago, I was some 40 lbs over weight. Your typical "couch potato." Inspired by my wife and here results on a cleansing program, I started cleansing my own body of the junk. After dropping the 40 pounds, I started running in August 2006 after some 20+ years of little exercise. My goal was simple, run a marathon. Then it changed to run a marathon to qualify for Boston. Prior to California International Marathon in December 2008, I ran and completed three marathons, but didn't qualify for Boston. Then, after the San Diego Rock `n' Roll Marathon this past June, a friend suggested I slow it down, not go out too fast, go conservative. Besides, she said... you only need to run a 3:30 to qualify at age 45. With that said, the rest is history. I trained like never before, with that vision of running the Boston in my head and getting up to nearly 45 miles on some weeks. On race day I felt awesome. I actually broke away from the pace group at 20 miles, didn't hit the wall and cruised in with a time of 3:27:16. A personal best. The last time I ran that fast for a marathon was when I was 19 years old and then I just barely hit under 3:30.

I plan of running in the Boston Marathon in 2010 at age 45 and taking my whole family with me. That's what this book means to me, it inspired me to make a life long dream a reality.
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