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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605294047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605294049
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Run Your Butt Off! is not just another diet book; it’s a gateway to a running-based lifestyle that can work for anyone. Thank you, Runner’s World, for this valuable tool in the ongoing national fight against obesity and inactivity.”
—Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO, New York Road Runners Race Director, ING New York City Marathon
 
“One of the keys to getting through that first step of training is to break running down into manageable bite-size pieces, which is exactly what Run Your Butt Off! has done.”
—Ryan Hall, Olympian and American record holder in the half-marathon

About the Author

SARAH LORGE BUTLER is a Runner’s World contributing editor who has covered the racing, training, and nutrition habits of runners of all abilities, from beginners to Olympians.
 
LESLIE BONCI, mph, rd, is one of the country’s most recognized sports dietitians and a consultant for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, and other professional and amateur teams.
 
BUDD COATES, ms, has a degree in exercise physiology and is a member of the Runner’s World advisory board.
RUNNER’S WORLD is the worldwide authority on running information. With a goal to inform, advise, and motivate runners of all ages and abilities, Runner’s World aims to help runners achieve their personal health, fitness, and performance goals, and to inspire them with vivid, memorable storytelling.

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Customer Reviews

The book is very basic; but, has a lot of good information.
M.E.C.
The book includes a step-by-step 12-week plan to gradually take you to the level of running 30 minutes straight by building your confidence and capabilities.
Melanie R. Jordan
Instead of expecting you to be able to run like the wind at the beginning of this book, it just has you going for a short time.
Brooke Lorren

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Lorren on November 30, 2011
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For most of my life, I have HATED running. With a passion. It isn't like I didn't have any experience with it either: in school, I played soccer; I stopped playing soccer in high school, when the running requirements were upped. After I left high school, I spent 10 years in the Navy. Although I ran because I had to, it was always something I dreaded, and something to do because I had to. This book has changed the way that I feel about running.

My biggest problem with running was always that it was too hard. I never was a natural runner; everybody was always faster than me. Running the 1.5 mile PRT in the Navy always left me out of breath, gasping for air. I realized with this book that I was going about the entire running thing all wrong.

Instead of expecting you to be able to run like the wind at the beginning of this book, it just has you going for a short time. It tells you to run for either 30 seconds or a minute (I can't remember). Over time, this book has you building up until you can run for 30 minutes straight. From there, you can increase your running if you wish, slowly. This book also doesn't focus on the speed that you run. This is perfect for slow people like me. This book also doesn't force you to progress any faster than you're comfortable.

I was able to skip past the first week, which requires that you can walk for an hour. I had been walking for at least a couple of years, but I wanted something more challenging. Once I transitioned to running, that first minute was hard. In the book, you walk between your bursts of running. I was so happy at first for those walking breaks.

I injured my foot in the first week or two of this program, and had to temporarily suspend this program.
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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on June 29, 2011
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As someone who just started running about 6 months ago, I am definitely a beginner. However I found this book to be a little too basic. If you have never run before and are looking to start, this program will take you from walking to running 30 minutes. There are also diets plans and success stories. I guess I was looking for more specific information and just more information overall. What do you do after you can run for 30 minutes and want to continue to the next level(s)? I thought this book might cover some of that, but it didn't. I think a better comprehensive book for beginners is Runners World Complete Book of Beginning Running by Amby Burfoot.
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47 of 60 people found the following review helpful By hairballz on November 13, 2011
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I was truly disappointed with this book. It is 80% another diet book and 20% about running. If you're looking for a beginning running book, which is what this one supposes it is, look somewhere else. While it does contain a basic running program not all that unique from any beginning program available widely through a simple Google search, it contains surprisingly little actual information for beginning runners. The only real piece of advice I gathered from the entire book was "slow down." Mainly the book talks about nutrition and diet, and even there it's nothing really new. I was alerted to the book through a Runners World email and the promo on it made it sound like just the ticket for middle-aged people looking to start a running program. Very deceptive advertising - that's not what most of the book is about at all.

I did enjoy the individual "test panelist" stories - brief vignettes about some real middle aged people who decided to try the running program. The book would have better served new runners if it spent MORE time with the individual's stories and less time on diet advice. I found myself skipping through pages and pages of tedious BMR calculations and ancient "calories in versus calories burned" advice to try to glean any real running information. Not a book I would recommend for new runners - I'll be doing another Amazon search for a better one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jackie-the-Greyhound TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 3, 2013
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My last year was a nightmare in terms of derailed exercise and it was finally time to (again!) restart my running. I didn't like running, but every few years I would lie to myself and pretend I did. Usually at least I'm biking or swimming (in addition to muscle-y type exercise) so I'm generally in O.K. shape. However, with age kicking in, work related time crunches and overall 'meh' I realized I wasn't doing much of anything endurance related. Plus, somehow I'd gained a few pounds I haven't seen since I was preggers. Not a good combination at all. I really needed to start MOVING again. So, what else, buy a book!

This one is definitely geared to the total newbie runner, but that's what I wanted. I've done up to 10 milers in the past and I know that every time I start a 'program' I manage to hurt myself. Add age and increased weight and I knew I needed a different approach. This book certainly came through. It has a 'plan' that is not unfamiliar, but I've never tried before--it is a walk, then walk-run program that is EASY TO FOLLOW.

I've read many plans and some are incredibly convoluted and detailed...just not necessary. This one breaks 30-34 minute exercise periods into varying blocks--starting with 1 minute intervals of walking and on up until you are running 30 minutes straight in 12 phases. The phases can correspond to weeks, or you can spend more time in each phase as needed. Some of the jumps between times seem more challenging when reading about doing it, but by the time you are there, you really are ready.

Each phase corresponds to a chapter--there are nice motivational comments by people (realistic people!) who have done the program.

Also, as the title points out, one of the points of this is to lose some weight.
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