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“I know from firsthand experience how critical injury prevention and treatment are to a runner's performance, and Dr. Jordan Metzl's Running Strong covers these subjects thoroughly. If you want to achieve your distance-running goals, this book is for you.” ―Meb Keflezighi, champion marathoner and author of Meb for Mortals

“A while back, my knees were hurting so much that I was having trouble even walking up stairs. I met with Dr. Metzl, and after a couple of quick tips, I was back to my 5 a.m. daily runs. How great it is that now he has a book in which he can share his expertise with the world.” ―Hoda Kotb, cohost, TODAY

“For an ultramarathoner such as me, who is constantly pushing himself to his physical limits and beyond, health isn't just important, it's everything. And while most runners will never attempt to run 135 miles across Death Valley in the middle of summer, this outstanding book is an indispensible tool for anyone looking to stay healthy and strong no matter the distance.” ―Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author

“Over the course of 40-plus years as a competitive runner, I've run 3,452 miles across the United States, completed 137 marathons, 9 Ironman triathlons, and logged more than 150,000 miles on the road. But there's no way I could ever have done any of that had I been plagued by injury. As a competitive endurance athlete himself, Dr. Jordan Metzl knows as well as anyone how to prevent injuries and to treat them when they inevitably arise. In Running Strong, he distills his vast knowledge in an accessible manner that is sure to benefit runners of all ages and abilities.” ―Dave McGillivray, president, DMSE Sports, Inc.; race director, BAA Boston Marathon

“Dr Jordan Metzl, a leading sports medicine doctor, invites runners from around the world into his office with Running Strong. The combination of information with the personal touch of video provides the desired feeling of caring help. It is an interesting and effective approach which is sure to help runners of all abilities.” ―Uta Pippig, three-time winner of the Boston and Berlin marathons

“Running is a gateway to a healthy and happy life. Dr. Metzl captures that spirit perfectly in Running Strong.” ―Mary Wittenberg, president & CEO, New York Road Runners; race director, TCS New York City Marathon

“The two words every endurance athlete holds near and dear to their heart are INJURY-FREE. Dr. Jordan Metzl's Running Strong breaks down best practices for runners of all ages and ability levels to stay injury-free while taking their training to the next level.” ―Bart Yasso, chief running officer, Runner's World

About the Author

Jordan D. Metzl, MD, is a sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, America's premier orthopedic hospital. Voted among New York City's top sports medicine doctors by New York magazine, Dr. Metzl takes care of athletic patients of all ages and lectures and teaches extensively. He lives in New York City.

Claire Kowalchik is a freelance writer/editor with more than 20 years of experience. She lives in Emmaus, PA.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (March 31, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623364590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623364595
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I’m a life-long runner who is often injured. I live in Texas, don’t make a ton of money as a school teacher, and running keeps me sane. I follow Dr. Metzl through his Inside the Doctor’s Office series on Runner’s World so when I saw this new book I got it right away. It came yesterday and I’m half way through already. What I wasn’t prepared for was the very cool ability to use my smart phone for a virtual consultation on my running questions that supplement the text. Without a doubt this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in a book, and I look at books all day long at my job! If you’re a runner I think this book will just knock your socks off with the great illustrations, quality paper (it feels significant when you hold it), and the revolutionary use of augmented reality. Plus, to be honest, it costs way less than my co-pay and the information is more specific for runners. Dr. Metzl is one of us so he doesn’t think we’re insane. I’d highly recommend this book if you run, augmented reality is the future!
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This book is a great resource for runners who’ve had or who currently have injuries. The information is laid out in an easy-to-read format, with sidebars and images to break up the text, along with many detailed images of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that help you see what the text is describing. On the cover of Running Strong, beneath the name of the author, Jordan D. Metzl, MD, is, in parentheses, “32 Marathons & 12 Ironmans.” Why is this information so important that it’s featured on the cover of the book? Because runners don’t trust doctors who aren’t runners. At least, most of us don’t. Dr. Jordan Metzl is, it’s evident, a runner. Moreover, he’s a runner who has experienced severe injury (torn ACL), and has not only recovered from the injury but has also kept at bay the resulting arthritis with a strength training program he created called IronStrength. Running Strong is a perfect book for me with lots of pictures. ;) There’s also an app called Blippar that you can download in order to step inside Dr. Metzl’s virtual office and watch a number of helpful videos (there are over 30) that accompany the book. Overall, I think this is a great read as well as a fantastic resource for all runners, young or old, beginners or old-timers, injured or injury-free.
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This is a fantastic go-to resource book for preventing/dealing with injury! I've been injured a few times over the years of running, and I can't tell you how many hours I spent Googling my symptoms, what I should do to get better, etc. This book has it all right there in the pages, which makes it so easy to see what's going on. The book itself is very good quality--the photographs, particularly in the injury section, are very detailed and helpful. The book goes beyond the usual "runner's knee" and "IT Band Syndrome"... all the injuries I have heard of as far as running goes are shown in detail. I found the workout section to be very "do-able". I hate strength training (I know I should do it!) but the workout is something I think I could manage once a week. I'm hopeful that this will help me be injury-free from now on!
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If we just run without watching form and strength, our bodies are not mechanically balanced. This book gives practical approach to get strength training and avoid injury.
If you are already injured it would help you to understand what you need to do to help your balance and overloads in muscles, tendons, bones.
I enjoyed having the book on kindle because it has videos that you can watch with the routines and explanations.
The only thing I didn't like was the recommendation on eating dairy products as the main source of calcium, you could have collard greens, broccoli, kale, salmon, beans, tofu, etc.
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As a marathon runner who has been injured several times and is always in the business of injury prevention, I think this book is a fantastic resource. Not only are the descriptions extremely helpful for runners who may be struggling with an injury, the prevention and treatment guides give you a great first step towards preventing and solving the problem. I've found that many doctors, even sports medicine doctors, that are not runners themselves have a hard time quickly diagnosing running injuries. Not to say that this book should serve as a substitute for a physician, but it can certainly help point you in the right direction of what might be going on. This isn't necessarily a cover-to-cover read, more like a handy reference book to keep around the house. The YouTube videos are great, too!
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I'm a fan of the good Dr. here. Enjoy his fitness workout DVD. Well enjoy might be too strong a word, thing kicks my you know what on a regular basis.

Here there are some very good recommendations. My main issue is that all the running injuries I've had don't appear in here. I've got a pes anserinus tendinitis issue and had also a bone bruise on the metatarsals..so there is some info but not a ton. If you've got a "normal" running injury (more run of the mill) you'll find help here but you can also find it all over the internet. I found more about my injury over on Athletes Helping Athletes blog (including a full rehab plan) then in this book. So it's a good reference to have for many reasons -- but I have struck out twice on my issues for specific injuries.
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