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Running for Mortals: A Commonsense Plan for Changing Your Life With Running Paperback – April 17, 2007
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About the Author
JOHN "THE PENGUIN" BINGHAM writes a column for Runner's World magazine and teaches the basics of running to adult-onset athletes. The author of No Need for Speed and coauthor (with Jenny Hadfield) of Marathoning for Mortals, he lives in Chicago.
JENNY HADFIELD, MA, CPT, is a fitness expert who has trained thousands of walkers, run-walkers, and runners of all levels. Her gentle yet uncompromising approach to training combined with her unique insights into the human body and mind will help readers discover their inner long-distance athlete. She lives in Chicago.
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Top Customer Reviews
'Running For Mortals' contains quite a lot of practical information. I was interested in the discussion of the different rates at which your cardiovascular, muscular and skeletal fitness/strength develop and how awareness of this in the early stages can help to prevent injury. The chapter on stretching is well set out and I learned some new exercises (including a stretch to help avoid the dreaded ilio-tibial band syndrome that so many runners complain of). The chapter on strength training is similarly well set out with exercises that don't require costly equipment.
Some basic information is provided to help navigate the confusing world of running shoes but I think it would have been useful to have some discussion about rotating different pairs of shoes. The authors emphasize the value of going to a specialist shop for expert fitting.
The training programs included with the book are well set out and cater for a range of existing fitness levels and running goals.Read more ›
I got this book because it was recomended to me.
I just started to get active again. I, like the author, was aging, overweight, and couldnt play with my kids without getting out of breath.
I started dieting, changing my lifestyle, and running.
The running part, was the hardest part.
This book, explains everything that will happen to your body. Lays it out, it plain terms, and really inspires you once you know what is happening to you, is normal.
I got this about 2 months into my running lifestyle. The first 2 chapters, all I kept saying is, "Woah, THAT'S why my legs hurt when I did this, Ohhhhh, that's why I felt I could go longer, and physically couldn't."
This book is a must have for the beginning runner.
If you are teetering on this, let me break this down honestly.
In Aug 08, I was 283 pounds. Today, 11/13/08 I am 240, and I ran my first 5k this weekend in 29 mins. My blood pressure and cholesterol have dropped DRASTICALLY.
I owe it all to running.
After reading through the first half of this book, I came to realization that I really don't know what I'm doing as a runner at all! I wish that this book existed 10 years ago when I first started running - I'd be in much better shape than I am today.
This book is geared for beginning runners, but you might be surprised at what you can learn, even if you've been at it for a while.
Last, this book is fun to read and I'm finding it to be quite inspirational.
What I did find interesting were the backstories of Bingham and Hadfield, especially Bingham. They were inspiring and will reinforce my quest to become a successful and lifelong runner for at least a little while. I am glad that I picked up this book. I didn't learn a whole lot, but it was motivating.
But if you want to be reminded of why you are running in the first place, pick up this "tell it like it is" account of running.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John Bingham and Jenny Hadley are truly inspiring and funny training guides for beginning runners or athletes who are feeling worried about competition and conditioning. Read morePublished 12 days ago by walkin'reader
Excellent resource for anyone who wants to gain valuable insights into a running exercise program. Great tips, insights and resources.Published 16 days ago by Kathleen Gage
The best motivational book on running, which might be relevant to any sports. It is a great introduction to running for everyone who wants to get fit and physically active. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is for people who are having trouble running. It's not for runners. I really didn't like it and I'll read practically anything related to running.Published 2 months ago by Ron A
Great read. John is a great writer. You won't be disappointed with the entertainment value of this book. Its not just a book that spits facts at you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It might be a helpful book for people not having run or even walked more than five minutes over the last few years, but for me (over 50, not overweight, and in moderate condition)... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ann
This booked helped ease me into running from a very non-running state. Loved it. Good advice for mortals.Published 4 months ago by Kmbp15