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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jogging and Running Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Informative book. More for those who run more. Also for training for marthons . Starts u from first time to advance. Also does speed walking for those who'd rather walk then run. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by clayport
A complete guide to running. Gives a lot of helpful advice on training for specific races as well as nutrition, running in different climates and many other tips on improving and... Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I could not run (very slowly, more a jog) for one minute then got this book. It has a four week programme designed to get you running for 30 minutes in that time span and it works. Read morePublished on January 23, 2005 by Joleneire
I loved Bill Rogers book - his passion for the sport is evident on every page! I did his 4 weeks to 30 mins of running - it only took me 8 weeks to complete! Read morePublished on December 23, 1999