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The Complete Book of Running Hardcover – September 12, 1977
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm old and fat now but while logging about 10,000 miles back in the 1980's this was my absolute "go-to" guide. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mack R.
ground breaking book on running. amazing when you consider when it was written.Published 4 months ago by pain doc
A good book for beginner runners, however it places a lot of emphasis upon "self-motivation" and "self-attainment" without any regard to, what I believe to be, what... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard Arwood
Timeless standard whether you are running for the first time or your twentieth marathon. First read this in the 70's. Worthy of picking up again and again.Published 12 months ago by Pattersonlaw
bought this for my son a few years ago. could only find a used copy but it was in great condition. Price was one that couldn't be passed up. He really enjoyed it a lot .Published 13 months ago by Ruthanne Kilburn
This was one of those life changing books. When I first read it back in 1977 the running boom was just starting and Jim Fixx was a big part of it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rick