Whether you're a beginning or experienced runner, Getting Real About Running
offers "information, inspiration, and guidance to assist you in a running lifestyle that works for you," promises Gordon Bakoulis, and she delivers. Many running books just help you get started, but this one helps you graduate from "running" to becoming a "runner." Bakoulis offers specific training programs for different needs and goals, and fills this book with information runners want to know about: the science of running, training cycles, rest, shoes, avoiding injuries, maintaining motivation, sports nutrition, performance-enhancing drugs, racing, cross-training, and mixing running with parenting and jobs.
Author of several running books and former editor-in-chief of Running Times magazine, Bakoulis is one of the top master (age 40+) competitive runners in the United States. Just as important, she loves running and the camaraderie of runners. Her expertise and practical training advice, coupled with her warm, engaging style and obvious love for her subject, will make you feel like you have the ideal running coach and partner. Getting Real About Running is recommended for runners of all ages and levels. --Joan Price
From the Inside Flap
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
In more than twenty years as a runner and a coach, top marathoner Gordon Bakoulis has tackled almost every problem a runner can face. Now in her accessible, inspiring new book, Bakoulis becomes your personal coach and mentor, preparing you to meet the exhilarating challenges of running. She discusses everything a runner must know, including:
SETTING UP A PROGRAM: Three-month, six-month, and one-year training cycles; the importance of rest and downtime.
CHOOSING EQUIPMENT: Foot types and finding shoes that meet your unique biomedical needs; the latest apparel for hot-and-cold-weather running.
COMMON INJURIES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM: Runner?s knee, heel spurs, shin splints; the benefits of stretches, massage, and yoga.
FUELING YOUR BODY: Diets for different lifestyles and fitness levels; easy, nutritious recipes.
THE SCIENCE OF RUNNING: the ?hard-easy? approach to training.
RUNNING WITH (AND FOR) YOUR HEAD: How running can make you feel more sane and alive, with mantras used by champions.
CHILDREN WHO RUN: An illustrated discussion of the special concerns of runners from 6 to 18.
RUNNING AND AGING: Advice for runners over 50, with profiles of senior runners.
PLUS?Pace charts, mile/kilometer conversion, and running resources and organizations.
Getting Real About Running gets down to the real nitty-gritty of this most satisfying of sports. Here?s a book that?s worth its weight in gold medals!