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Run: A Complete Beginners Guide (Learn How To Start Running) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Thomas
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Book Description

Learn How To Start Running Today!

You're Only 16 Weeks Away From Your First 5K!
Have you ever seen someone running down the street, and thought, "If only I could do that, I could be healthier and skinnier?" This book shows you how to become that runner no matter your existing ability. Anyone can become a runner with proper training and motivation, and I'm going to show you how.

Learn the first steps to becoming a runner

Taking your first steps as a runner can be challenging and frustrating without a solid plan. Too many books push you too hard and too fast which can lead to failure. In this book, I show you proven techniques that changed me from being a complete non-runner into a slim, fit, efficient runner in 16 weeks.

Training plans to take you to your first race!

In this book, you will get a 6 week "Pre-Running" Plan that gets you off the couch and into basic running shape. This plan is adaptable to anyone no matter your age, physical fitness, or ability level. Once you complete this "Pre-Running" plan, you will start on a 10 week training plan to get you into shape for your first 5K race!

The best running "gear" to be a more effective runner

Running itself is not enough. There are proven ways to make your running easier, more enjoyable, and YES, even FUN! Learn what type of gear you need to succeed in running. Everything from shoes to technology is right here.

Motivation and techniques to keep running

Do you know the #1 reason people fail at running? Motivation. This is not an abstract idea like simply telling yourself "I think I can!" In this book you'll learn actionable motivation techniques to get you out the door and running every single time. 
Everything you need to go from zero to 5K is included in this book.
Personal Note From The Author
This book blends years of personal experience gained from my successes and failures. I show you my unique approach to running that took me from a complete couch potato to running 5K races with ease. I understand the challenges and frustrations of transitioning from being a complete non-runner because I went through it personally. I lost over 60 pounds, and I am in the best shape of my life due to the techniques used in this book.
This is why I've put together this step-by-step guide to learning how to run. I'm confident that the techniques I used to turn myself from an out of shape non-runner into a healthy, fit, and efficient runner will work for you as well!
In an effort to provide my readers exceptional value, I also promise a response to all reader emails. All running related questions will be answered with a quick personal reply!
I thoroughly hope you enjoy this book.
Happy Running!

Editorial Reviews


"As somebody who has started, and failed, trying to run many times I have bought countless books on running. I'm happy to say that I found the only book that I need to start running and keep my motivation." - Amazon Customer

Product Details

  • File Size: 3211 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481020641
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ESEP9G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners! October 8, 2012
By Brem
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As somebody who has started, and failed, trying to run many times I have bought countless books on running. I'm happy to say that I found the only book that I need to start running and keep my motivation.

Most other running books start off with a difficult 5K training plan and I lose motivation when I can't keep up. This book, however, starts with a "Pre-Running" plan for those of us who can't already run a mile the first week! The author also gives his brief story of only being able to run a few hundred feet when he started, but shows exactly how he worked up to a 5K and way beyond that! I also loved the part of the book where the author gives motivational tips that are definitely helping me to get out and run when I'm feeling lazy.

This book is relatively short and to the point. No fluff, just packed with good info for the beginning runner. I can't wait to run my first race, and I am already on track to do that in just a month or so!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a couch potatoe like me!! October 7, 2012
By KBowen
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I have always been a slim person and enjoyed outdoor activities. In 2003 I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. I lost my breast and gained alot of weight due to the medications and limited activity I could do while I
was having treatment. Over the few years I had packed on over 50 extra pounds and lost my spirit for exercise.
Now that I am over 50 I realize that I need my health. I have always wanted to run a 5K and then a 10K.
This book has given me the encouragement that I needed to take charge. I will run in the Air Force marathon
in 2013. THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS BOOK. I RECOMMEND IT 1000% to anyone who really wants to change
their life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and encouraging ! October 8, 2012
By M
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I am some one that has started several "beginner" running plans and has failed to complete a single one. I found the personal story of the author to be inspiring and encouraging. I feel like I can follow the guidelines he has set forth and be successful as a runner. I have found other plans to be rather intimidating and have given up because of feeling so below par. I can't wait to get started! I feel really energized after this read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information September 30, 2012
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I have been wanting to run for years but did not feel like i was a runner. Great information for a beginner. Clear and concise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have never considered running! Until now. October 31, 2012
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Ok, I admit it. I am a sedentary long-time writer with more than a few extra pounds and heap of bad habits. So the thought of running (for fun???!!) never crossed my mind. However after reading about the author's own less than stellar background I felt running was something I might actually think about and do. I especially liked the start up chart as starting at 10 minutes feels doable. If, like me, you aren't a long time fitness nut, try this book. It's inspiring and makes running feel like it's not just for the young and the skinny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides needed training and preparation guidance October 7, 2012
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There are many running books that will tell you when and where your toe/arch/heel should hit the ground or how many times you should breath during those steps. In this book, however, Mr. Thomas provides the beginning runner with often-overlooked information on overall fitness training information (before race training) all the way through race-day guidance. What makes it even better is the fact that he is obviously an everyman that just loves running and wants the same for everyone.

The framework of basic, no-frills info is contained on every page. Jam-packed with tips from beginning to end, Michael Thomas has compiled a resource that should be the very first read for anyone wanting to hit the pavement and succeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, no-nonsense and helpful December 31, 2012
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This book says exactly what it needs to and nothing else. A few days after buying it I went on my first run EVER and I have been running every other day since!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Basic, not what I thought it would be. July 6, 2014
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To begin, I wouldn't call this book, 'A Complete Beginners Guide'. Much of the information given is common sense. There is some good basic information about running and it is refreshing to read about the author's success and love for running. As a runner myself, the book lacks some very important and useful information for beginning runners such as; basic stretching before and after running to avoid injury, basic nutrition tips, simple strengthening exercises to help build up the core and upper body on those off days, just to mention a few. I can understand not to overwhelming the beginner runner with to much information, but much more needs to be covered in the book to properly educate and prevent the beginning runner from injury.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book was great! The perfect thing to start me off as a completely new runner!
Published 14 days ago by Nikki H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed to know
I am getting back into running after a near 30 year hiatus. I wanted to look for a book that was simple but covered the basics and brought my understanding of the sport into modern... Read more
Published 15 days ago by katiej
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, essential info
Great, simple resource that lays out the basics and informs people on what they need to run. I really appreciate the acknowledgement of the ramp-up period that most beginners need... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeanette Cameron
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome tips
Awesome tips! Easy to understand, and will motivate you to get out there and RUN! Very good read, you will not regret
Published 2 months ago by Melanie Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and light
Quick and easy read, with helpful tidbits. I may not start running today or tomorrow,but I'll at least have some inspiration for next week.
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Barnette
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and very encouraging
I love that this book doesn't emphasize perfection, but just starting and trying a little at a time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Practical information.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers the basics
This book covers the basics of one guy's experience running. Short and to the point. Would be a great resource for someone starting out.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time
Nothing new but good to be reminded. It is a quick read. It is a good review to keep you motivated.
Published 4 months ago by M. E. Stinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good info!
This book was very helpful and informative and I would recommend it to anyone who, like me, is considering running a 5k. Or at all!
Published 4 months ago by AmandaMyChelle
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More About the Author

Hi, my name is Michael. I am a college educated, husband, father, avid runner, self-taught chef, and internet entrepreneur. Along the way I've learned a lot about running, cooking, eBook publishing, and many other things that I'd like to share with the world through my books.

I truly hope that you enjoy my writing, and find that I provide useful information. I also promise something that big time authors cannot - personal responses. I love to hear reader's success stories, comments, and yes, even complaints. I will personally respond to your emails and questions!

Thank you,
Michael Thomas


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