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Running: Getting Started Paperback – January 15, 2008

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About the Author

Jeff Galloway was an average teenage runner who kept learning and working harder, until he became an Olympian. He also competed in the International Cross-Country Championships and was a member of the US National Championship team. He is the author of the best-selling running book in North America: Galloway's Book on running and is a Runner's World columnist, as well as an inspirational speaker for more than 200 running and fitness sessions each year. He has worked with over 250,000 people in training for specific goals and Galloway s quest for an injury-free marathon training program led him to develop group-training programs in 1978. Galloway is the designer of the walk-run, low-mileage marathon training program (Galloway RUN-WALK method) with a success rate of over 98%.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Fachverlag und Buchhandel GmbH; 3 edition (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841262420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841262420
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Galloway (born July 12, 1945 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is a former American Olympian. A lifetime runner, Galloway was an All-American collegiate athlete and a member of the 1972 US Olympic Team in the 10,000 meters. He remains a competitive athlete, continuing through a successful masters running career. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Galloway Productions, which conducts a broad range of training programs and events yearly; he also owns two running specialty stores.

Jeff was an average teenage runner who kept learning and working harder, until he became an Olympian. He is the author of the best-selling running book in North America ("Galloway's Book on Running") and is a Runners World columnist, as well as an inspirational speaker for more than 200 running and fitness sessions each year. He has worked with over 200,000 average people in training for specific goals and Galloway's quest for an injury-free marathon training program led him to develop group training programs in 1978. Galloway is the designer of the walk-run, low mileage marathon training program (Galloway RUN-WALK method) with an over 98% success rate.

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I have been a mid-level runner for a while (run for fitness and participate in some 5K's through the year but nothing more). When I became pregnant with my second child, I did not keep up with my running schedule and lost a lot of the endurance that I once had. As such, I was looking for a motivational tool to get back on track, as well as a fitness plan to get my body back into the shape that it once was.

This book did both for me: it kept my mind motivated to keep going, and it also set out a fitness/excercise plan that started slow and kept my body motivated. Galloway pushes hard on the idea of "slow and steady" vs. "hard and fast". Too many runners give up quickly because they try to go too fast too soon and they get burned out. Galloway covers all aspects of running for beginners and does a fabulous job with it. The chapters are short and there are nice color photos and check lists to keep the reading interesting. I rate it an A+ and an must have for any beginner runner or someone who has been out of the loop for a while and looking for some motivation to get back into the swing of things.
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I thought that running was the most boring sport on the planet. I was more of a sprinter short term running sport person. For some reason I picked up this book and became enthralled by it. It made me understand the mechnaics of running and why Mr. Galloway loves it. To the point now where I run every other day, I look in the book to determine what I need to do before race day, what to eat etc. In essence love the book and I was not a runner until I read this book.
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This is the best book for beginning runners I have ever read.

It sets out a reasonable, attainable schedule for those who have never run before. It also gives good advice regarding nutrition and equipment.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in beginning a running program, especially first-timers.
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As a former late 40's, near-obese person I have been having a great deal of success with this program, since starting in mid-November. Each week I see better results and have been able to do more running. My suggestion for anybody purchasing this book is to follow the program as written and not to try to do too much too soon. As a "want it now" society, we tend to neglect the importance of time with things such as weight loss. Be patient--it will happen! Happy running!
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I am 6'0" 285lbs. have had two knee surgeries and a reconstructive ankle surgery so I thought running would not be something for me. In fact, I hated running and was told by doctors I could never do it. I started off slow and by week three I am already running three miles during a workout. This book overemphasises taking your time and walk breaks which are much needed. I HIGHLY recommend this book. I have enetered in my first 5K race ever and plan to continue running and move towards the half marathon and eventually the marathon. GREAT BOOK!
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This is a great book. I started running again at 49 years of age and thought that I should just be able to go out and run, when it wasn't working well I was discouraged. After reading this book I have a whole new routine and feel great. Even have the right size and type of shoes. I have recommended it to several other people.
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I have been running for about three months now, and recently became interested in Jeff Galloway's training methods. I picked up a few of his books, including this one. Running: Getting Started gives the reader a thorough introduction to the sport of running and Jeff Galloway's "run/walk/run" approach. It covers a variety of important subjects, such as buying running shoes, how to start training, cross-training, nutrition, running form, dealing with different weather conditions, aches and pains, motivation, and running at different ages. There are many nuggets of wisdom and practical advice. The book is attractively presented with glossy pages and color pictures.

There are a couple of minor downsides and watch-outs. The writing style is a little clumsy in parts, but not to the point that it's distracting. It's also worth noting that this book is clearly aimed at the beginning runner. If you're more of an experienced runner looking for insight into Jeff Galloway's techniques or his advice on training for a race, you are probably better off buying Galloway's Book on Running or one of his books designed for race training (5K and 10K, half marathon, marathon, etc.)

I'm very happy I bought this book, and it has given me a lot of useful insights that I have been able to apply to my training. Jeff Galloway's training techniques are helping me run longer distances at a good pace WITHOUT feeling exhausted!
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I had been trying to become a runner on my own but was unsuccessful. After reading this book, I discovered I was doing a lot of things wrong. Jeff Galloway's direct approach and positive writing inspired me to become consistent with my running program.
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