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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA; 1 edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002862386X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028623863
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You're no idiot, of course. You follow all the latest energy-food trends, know the metric equivalent of a mile, and can even recite last year's New York City marathon winners. But when it comes to scheduling a running program, you feel like you have two left feet. Don't trash your track shoes just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jogging and Running by renowned marathon champion Bill Rodgers gives you the professional tips and training guidelines that help you reach your goal of making running an important part of your everyday routine. In this complete Idiot's Guide, you get:

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Whigham on August 23, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Don't make the same mistake I did and try to start a running program without any knowledge of what you are doing. I ran for 10 years, off and on, starting a program, getting frustrated or injured, and then stopping it for awhile.
Then I found this book and read it and got a good ground-level education on the sport of jogging and running. The material is presented in a very funny and entertaining manner, with plenty of pictures and sidebars. The book even includes a tear-out chart for starting a training program that you can post on the refrigerator.
I would recommend you read this book as a way to develop a basic knowledge of running safely and effectively, and then purchase Bob Glover's "Runner's Handbook" for even more (and better) information and John Cronin's "Runner's Log" for tracking your progress.
This is a good book to read before you start your way in the sport, but it should not be the only one in your library.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christina M. Craft on January 7, 2000
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I made the mistake of buying a few books about running when I got started. Actually, this one is hte only one I needed or ever use. It has great sections about training for every kind of race (when you're ready). His beginner schedule was a little unrealistic (I couldn't jog 3 mi straight from beginner to four weeks -- it took me about 10 weeks to run 3 mi straight). However, the writing is very straight forward and simple to understand. It's also extremely motivating.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mark861 on March 12, 2000
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This was the first book i purchased shortly after i started running. I didn't know squat. It should be mandatory reading for beginners and intermediate runners, as it is extremely well written, and a great great motivator. It is fun to read, the concepts are right there plain as day. Without this book, i would not have had the guts to start racing. Get this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 19, 2001
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It's the first REAL running book for REAL beginners. They don't expect you to eventually run a marathon or race like the wind, but just run for the sheer heck of it. (What a unique perspective among running books!)
The authors address many issues such as the idea you'll ruin your knees, or working out a lower heart rate to burn more fat, and the book is loaded with sound, easy-to-follow advice, information, and motivation.
And they know what a TRUE "beginner" is. I hate books that think 'starting out' means 'run for 30 minutes and work your way up' or that say to walk for a couple of months first. (If I wanted that, I'd buy a book on walking, not running.) The authors offer a realistic, progressive plan for running. Probably the only thing is that the suggested progession plan might be too fast for some, depending on your current fitness level.
The book is practical and sensible, and well-worth the investment.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Novice Runner on August 31, 2005
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Lots of useful information, but the author is a little too experienced in marathons and distance-running to be giving advice to beginners. For example, he uses phrases like "only one mile" to talk about runners who, in his words, don't put much effort into their runs. Meanwhile, for me, one mile would be a huge accomplishment, as it would be for anyone who's never ran before (which is who the book purports to be for). It seemed like the author finds runs of less than 30 minutes to be pointless or easy, which of course it is for him, but for novices there should be more encouragement to run any distance that they can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Tolle on March 24, 2007
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Although the book title may sound a little condescending, the text and all information in the book is well written, informative and helpful. Bill Rodgers comes across as friendly and funny and offers a no nonsense approach to great fitness techniques. If you are currently idle and want to start running or jogging (they are both virtually the same, by the way) or you are already at a certain fitness level, this book will help you in different ways.

I had been running for about 2 years at 6 miles a week and thought I had a solid routine. I'd never read any books on fitness or working out or anything so I decided to pick up The Complete Idiots Guide to Jogging and Running to see what I'd been missing. After reading this book and employing some things I'd learned from it, I now run 15 miles a week and I might even add more distance to my daily running in the future.

As far as beginning and distance running, the whole spectrum is covered in the book. It first shows a 4 week program that starts with walking and builds up to a climax of running non-stop for a 30 minute time period at the end of the 4 weeks. You can stop there or continue on to get information about racing too. There are chapters that will explain strength training and techniques used to prepare for 5k , 8k and 10k races (8 week training schedules), half-marathons (10 week training schedules), and marathons (12 week training schedules).

Another great thing about the book is all the additional chapters that will enhance your total running experience.
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