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Run Your Butt Off!: A Breakthrough Plan to Lose Weight and Start Running (No Experience Necessary!) Paperback – March 15, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A real motivator to get active if you've been sedentary! After reading the book, you'll be anxious to get started with this running program, but you'll learn not to "over do... Read morePublished 12 days ago by SHARON B. OBY
Excellent book. Giot me running. I am 65 female. And since September. 2 months. Running to my app. 10k. 4 x a week. My job is. A desk job. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Praise the Lord Sherrie
This is a good book for a beginner. I would have loved it about 5 years ago. My daughter is a new runner so I gave it to her.Published 10 months ago by Terri Zondervan
very simple book, to much testimony nothing new, I regret bought this bookPublished 11 months ago by Juan Pablo Carrasco
Read this with the thought that maybe, just maybe I could start running again. But, at 68 and with bad knees and hips, it doesn't look likely. Informative book.Published 11 months ago by VaBeachMomma
This is a great running plan if you're not a runner or haven't run in a long time. I used to run 10K 15 years ago and tried to get back into running only to discourage myself when... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Judy
I thought this book would be a sequel and help you get to the next level after having read "Walk Your Butt off".
I was seriously disappointed. Read more