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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312187777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312187774
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book will give women everywhere the guidance they need." --Grete Waitz, nine-time winner of the New York City Marathon and author of On the Run: Exercise and Fitness for Busy People

"I took up running and fitness walking at age sixty-seven , and it turned out to be one of the best things I ever did in my life. Running and Walking for Women Over 40 will help more women like me get started exercising, and then they'll find out how pleasurable and rewarding it can be."--Reidun Andersen, Grete Waitz's mom

"Katherine Switzer has always been a pioneer, and she's on the right track again with this pioneering book. Almost all the women in my weekly health walking class are over forty, and the fitness results have transformed them. Katherine's book will help get thousands more started today." --Howard "Jake" Jacobson, motivation and conditioning coach to Olympic walks, and author of the forthcoming, Health Walk to Fitness

About the Author

Kathrine Switzer is Program Director for Avon Running Global Women's Circuit, an international program that provides millions of women with the opportunity to compete in running and walking events all over the world. She has run thirty-five marathons, won the 1974 New York City Marathon, and in 1975 was ranked sixth in the world and third in the United States. She is also a jounalist and an Emmy Award-winning sports commentator for ABC, NBC, CBS and Turner Sports Broadcasting. She is married to Dr. Roger Robinson, professor, author, and noted age-group runner, and divides her time between New York City, Virginia, and New Zealand.

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336 of 346 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2000
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Ok ok I admit I saw her on OPRAH and bought the book. ONLY book I bought that I saw on OPRAH, but this is an AWESOME book. I am happy to finally have found a book written by and for a woman over age 40. So many books I have purchased dealing with walking and running were by younger women/men and until you hit age 40 and beyond you just do not know the challenges that ones body goes thru.
I also appreciated learning what it is like for a woman to be a rebel (She was the FIRST woman in the Boston Marathon).I have discovered women over age 40 and 50 become rebels as they discover things about themselves they never knew. Like we CAN indeed become avid walkers and then runners and we CAN finish marathons.
I am still in the walking phase and looking forward to the time when my body can handle a run. This book covers these fears and challenges and issues like knee pain. This is something I am dealing with since I was obese and the extra weight damaged my knees some. But her advise about doing leg lifts to give strength to ones thighs was GREAT advise. The author gives good sound advise based on years of wisdom.
Of course she encourages the reader to see their own doctor and get needed personal help from someone locally well versed in sports medicine etc.
I am buying extra copies to give as Mothers Day gifts to my friends.
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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2001
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I had been walking and not noticing much in the way of results. I picked up this book and saw her plan for becoming a 30-minute runner. Me running seemed completely absurd, but for some reason I gave it a try anyway. Her plan broke it out into simple steps so that you only had to face running a few minutes at a time to begin with. It actually worked. Using her plan, I worked up to running 5K, and recently finished my first 5K race. You get a great sense of accomplishment, and weight is gradually coming off (with reduced eating too, of course). This really isn't a diet book, but if you want to walk or run, it will tell you what you need to get going. Her plans are simple, easy to understand, and they work.
If you've ever thought of running, but can barely even imagine yourself doing it, get this book and get started. (And then order "The Courage to Start" by John Bingham, a terrific motivational book for the beginning runner.)
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By C.Z.S. on October 14, 2002
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I hadn't run for 17 years and never ran more than 3.5 miles. (I'm 40.) With the help of this book, I am up to 5 miles (and counting!). The book is easy to read. The program is easy to follow. However, this book is for people who are basically in good health and who like to exercise. The book will not GIVE you motivation, it will simply help you if you are already somewhat motivated and want to get in better shape. I have followed her advice, gotten great results and enjoyed the process. This book has been worth a million to me!
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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
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Great Book! This book proved an invaluable source for my wife and gave her the confidence she needed to continue her exercise program and strive for even greater success. It also gave me an insight into what types of issues she was dealing with and together we came up with different ideas to help her achieve her goals. Bravo!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2002
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I picked up this book after making a decision to get in better shape (even though I'm only 34). I've always hated running, so I'm not sure what prompted me to consider it. Her system for becoming a 30-minute runner definitely works. Both my partner and I made it to 30 minutes (although it took a little longer than ten weeks). I am now running 54 minutes, my partner 45 minutes. I'd recommend this book to anyone (not only women), even if you only use the time charts for becoming a 30 minute walker/runner and not the rest of the book.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Morris on January 10, 2009
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I have purchased MANY books on running but never found one that inspired me like this one. I am not an all out athlete but love to run because of the way it makes me feel. This book really talks about women of age and what to expect from walking and running. I am 53 and thought if I run to much I could really injury myself. After reading the book I have a whole different outlook and just let myself go and I've never felt soooo good. You will not regret buying this book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By LJ on July 9, 2011
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Just before turning 50 I decided I wanted to do the thing I've always wanted to do - be a runner. I've wanted to 'be a runner' my whole life but one reason or another, I never did it. I always hated running and would quit. Family obligations got in the way, work, no time, you name it. But this time I wanted to do it.

I set off in the park one day determined to RUN. I jogged for less than 2 minutes and was forced to stop. WOW what an eye opener THAT was! You figured you still *can* run. You figure if you had to save your life or the life of a child, you *could* run, right? But I couldn't! I came home angry and depressed and totally gave up.

Shortly after, I came across this book. With a sigh, I started to look past it but it was actually the picture on the cover that got me. THAT is who I wanted to be. Plain and simple. She is what I thought I would be when I decided to start running! Curiosity got me and I had to buy this book. I figured I might as well find out what she has to say, it can't hurt.

I read this book cover to cover several times and internal chapters more than that. It provided me with coaching, encouragement, answers to questions, and support. Her beginning chart does it right - starts very very slowly and does intervals - a minute of jogging, a minute of walking. I really COULD do this.

I began, I timed religiously, I followed the advice and by God I DID IT! My goal was to be able to run 5k (3 miles) without stopping. I was about halfway there when I stumbled upon the Couch to 5k plan online (Couch25k). I moved onto the C25k plan easily, by equating the two charts and marking off how much I had already accomplished. I continued to move through the chart, running 3x each week at the exact times called for.
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