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Product Details

  • Series: Runner's World Complete Books
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (February 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159486022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594860225
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

AMBY BURFOOT is the author of Runner's World Complete Book of Running. A former Boston Marathon winner and a member of the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame, he is also the recipient of several journalism awards. He lives in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.

More About the Author

Amby Burfoot is the 1968 Boston Marathon winner, and a long-time editor (since 1978) at Runner's World magazine. Burfoot has run approximately 103,000 miles in his life, and has finished the Manchester (CT) Thanksgiving Day road race every year since 1963 (48 straight years through 2010). He also continues to run Boston on every fifth-year anniversary of his win, with his next scheduled Boston race in 2013, and has twice completed the 54-mile Comrades Marathon in South Africa. These days, at age 64 and counting, Burfoot continues running about 25 miles a week for health and fitness, and races just a handful of times each year. He's married to Cristina, a fellow writer/editor, and has two grown children, Daniel, a Ph.D. in robotics, and Laura, a community organizer in New London, CT. He feels extremely lucky to be one of those fortunate few who have been able to combine their passion with their profession.

Customer Reviews

I have to agree with previous review, way too many quotes.
Amazon Customer
I would strongly recommend this book to those who are interested in running for any reason because the book covers everything you need to know.
Jennifer Lackey
It is full of motivational facts and answers a lot of your questions as you progress.
Anar

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Anar on February 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you are one of those people who always see these runners and envy them but are afraid to start because the very few times you tried you almost felt your heart coming out of your ears then this is the book for you.

The book is exactly what it claims to be, for beginners. It is full of motivational facts and answers a lot of your questions as you progress. I started browsing it in Spring after my doctor told me that I am in a pre-diabetic stage ( I am insulin resistant and have PCOS) and have to do something about it. In summer I finished a 5k, walked most of it, and got my insulin level back to normal and now I go out for a run almost every day for 30 to 60 minutes, no walking! And I have started training for half marathon. I am now combining this running skill with sensible diet, also described in book, and the 30lbs I had to lose are melting down.

The 24 week walk/run plan is a realistic one. The quality of pictures is really good and it does a great job in keeping you motivated. I recommend it to anyone who wants to start running but doesn't know where to start.

P.S. I am completing this review. I ran my very first half-marathon on April 29th, 2007 and I have this book to thank for most of it. I am a runner now.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gary C. on May 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have 4 other books and they all seem to have you running non-stop within 8 - 13 weeks. I'm 45y old. 5'11" and 165lbs. I'm fairly fit through calisthenics and weight training but have not run consistently since my 20's during which time I used to be able to run a 10k with little or no training. I tried the 13-week program in the book "The Beginning Runner's Handbook" and I couldn't do it. My knees are not what they used to be. I've been following the 24-week program in this book and it's just the right amount of stress as my body slowly adapts to running again. If you've felt defeated by shorter programs, try this one ... it's working for me!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lackey on May 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
There is one chapter in this book that contains motivating quotes from experienced runners that reflect upon what they wish they knew when they began running. I found that to be extremely inspirational (but it was only 1 of the 40 chapters)!! The rest of the book consists of important facts about the health benefits of running, help with time managment, a section on getting started, nutrition, training and more. Amby Burfoot gives great advice about the importance of training your mind along with your body, which helps those who may get discouraged at the beginning as well as those who need an extra push now and then. In the back there are effective training plans for the already active person as well as the beginner. I would strongly recommend this book to those who are interested in running for any reason because the book covers everything you need to know.

I picked up this book five months ago when I started running as an out of shape beginner. Amby Burfoot's knowledge and advice gave me the base that I needed to accomplish many of my goals and I am now in much better shape, running daily and loving every minute of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mskolnik1992 on April 20, 2013
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I love this book so far! I am just starting to run. I have two 5ks I just signed up for and I wanted to learn to run in a safe way. This book has a great running log in the back of it to help you get started. It also has a lot of motivational words in it. Overall if you are starting to run and looking for a book I would say buy this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Roussel on November 28, 2007
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OK, I've actually bought 2 copies to give to friends who want to start running. I've read many "beginner" books (as a serial beginner runner myself)... This one is well laid out and organized. I highly recommend it. My only gripe is that I wish they had more pictures of people doing the stretches that they recommend... I would say 1/2 of the pictures are more motivational rather than instructional. But the layout and wording is excellent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KadiyaRp on December 7, 2010
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If you're newish to running (anything from just getting off the couch, to training for your first 5k), this books is for you. Not only does it tell you what you should and shouldn't be doing, it gives you a lot of really good tidbits of advice. Love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big Red on November 13, 2011
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one of the best books for beginers. talks about shoes socks. how to start jog walk and goals are with in reach
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AlexJouJou TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2014
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In general I like pictures. In this book they got in the way. Some of the info here is stuff you don't get from other books but I'd worry people will miss it because the layout is so visually distracting you get involved in the pictures and forget about the text. In particular some of the injury information is very helpful - but again the pictures take over completely.

For someone who wants to be guided gently into the world of running and is not ready to read more science this may be a good option. The info is solid, it is complete, and it will guide you well. I preferred a few others to this one but I still pick this up occasionally to glance through.
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