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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594863253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594863257
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I highly recommend this book to beginning runners.
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It has inspired me to read a whole lot more books, than i would have pre-kindle !!
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Now that I've read the book I realized I was always starting out too hard.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bedward on December 18, 2007
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As a middle-aged man who had slid into sloth I began regular running a few months ago. Shortly after starting I discovered John Bingham's first book The Courage To Start: A Guide To Running for Your Life which echoed and reinforced my reasons for running, provided practical advice and ideals to aspire to in both running and life. It really helped me to get over the initial hurdles and take pride in completing a couple of races. I purchased 'Running for Mortals' looking for guidance in the next steps of my running but found that the bulk of the book is directed at those just starting out or considering doing so.

'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.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Bad Wolf on November 13, 2008
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....simply because I can't stand reading.

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.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By In My Opinion2! on April 21, 2007
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I've been an on again/off again runner for about 10 years and I've read several books on running over the years. So, I THOUGHT that I knew what I was doing.

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Margot Rae on May 6, 2009
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I started and finished this book the day it arrived. It provided some good information about the technical aspects of running and training. As a runner of about four months, I felt like already knew most of this information from reading on the Runner's World Web site. If you know nothing about running, this book is a great place to start and will help you immensely.

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.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra Smith on June 19, 2007
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I've read most all of John Bingham's books and I feel this one is even better than the previous ones. I think Jenny's comments and experience, added with John's make it an all around great book for every runner. Their writing is easy to understand, and relate to. The only runner that might not want to read it, is the elite runner that knows it all anyway :) The rest of us love to read books by people that can relate to the every day runners experience, as well as give us practical advice to become the best we can be. John and Jenny are encouraging and inspiring, and that is evident in this book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Bennett on June 7, 2007
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I found this book a great read for both newbies and experienced runners. Although I have been running for years, I found his wit and wisdom through the retelling of his own story both motivating and encouraging. New runners I have lent it too love the fact that he keeps things simple and on a readable level. If you are looking for a book about VO2 max, periodization, and HR threshholds...look someplace else.

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.
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