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"'That's right' was my most frequent thought as I read this book. Amby Burfoot has produced a clear, concise resource for me and every other runner whose goals are to train more efficiently and enjoyably. I am placing this book next to my training log for easy reference."--Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic-marathon gold medalist

"Amby Burfoot motivates runners of all strides and sizes in this truly essential book. Special kudos for the attention he pays to women runners."--Joan Samuelson, 1984 Olympic-marathon gold medalist

"This book is packed full of great advice for every runner. The chapters on injury prevention, in particular, will keep you running long and healthy."--Jeff Galloway, Olympic 10,000-meter runner and best-selling author

"Amby Burfoot taught me much of what I know about marathoning, and now he's put all of his experience together in this highly readable book."--Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of the Boston and New York City Marathons

"A successful training program goes hand in hand with healthy eating. Amby Burfoot clearly and simply explains how to do this in The Principles of Running."--Nancy Clark, R.D., author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook

"Amby Burfoot has talked with thousands of beginning runners in his long career, and he knows they need simple starting points, proven advice, and lots of encouragement. You'll find it all in this easy-to-read book."--John "the Penguin" Bingham, author of The Courage to Start

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The Principles of Running
Practical Lessons from My First 100,000 Miles

"'That's right' was my most frequent thought as I read this book. Amby Burfoot has produced a clear, concise resource for me and every other runner whose goals are to train more efficiently and enjoyably. I am placing this book next to my training log for easy reference."
--Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic-marathon gold medalist

"Amby Burfoot motivates runners of all strides and sizes in this truly essential book. Special kudos for the attention he pays to women runners."
--Joan Samuelson, 1984 Olympic-marathon gold medalist

"This book is packed full of great advice for every runner. The chapters on injury prevention, in particular, will keep you running long and healthy."
--Jeff Galloway, Olympic 10,000-meter runner and best-selling author

"Amby Burfoot taught me much of what I know about marathoning, and now he's put all of his experience together in this highly readable book."
--Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of the Boston and New York City Marathons

"A successful training program goes hand in hand with healthy eating. Amby Burfoot clearly and simply explains how to do this in The Principles of Running."
--Nancy Clark, R.D., author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook

"Amby Burfoot has talked with thousands of beginning runners in his long career, and he knows they need simple starting points, proven advice, and lots of encouragement. You'll find it all in this easy-to-read book."
--John "the Penguin" Bingham, author of The Courage to Start
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (April 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579547419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579547417
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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The point is that this book is compact and easy to read.
PaulB
I know I will refer to this book again once my pregnancy is over, and will keep coming back to it over the years and over the course of my running life.
A. J. Batu
Overall, I would recommend the book to runners, elite and beginner alike.
Runner Girl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PaulB on August 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're an advanced or intermediate runner, you probably

understand most of what is covered already. In my opinion,

this book is more for the beginner runner, or the runner who

is returning to the sport after a long layoff. However, even

respected runners such as Frank Shorter (1972 Olympic Gold

Medalist Men's Marathon), Joan Benoit Samuelson (1984 Olympic

Gold Medalist Women's Marathon), and Jeff Galloway have

endorsed the book. The author himself is the winner of the

1968 Boston Marathon. However, that is not the point. The

point is that this book is compact and easy to read. Someone

in elementary school who is starting out as a runner could

benefit from this book, even though it is probably intended

more for high school runners and older runners.

In the introduction, the author says the book is only to

cover the basics. If you want a tome on running that is

comprehensive, I suggest Timothy Noakes' book The Lore

of Running, which is nearly 1000 pages. The Principles

section is essentially a summary of what the topic he is

discussing. It is written in a nice sequential order,

even though you can use it as a reference guide. I am

deducting a star because it is brief, and doesn't contain

everything you need to know about running, but then again

that wasn't the point of this book, since it would be

redundant. I would recommend getting additional books on

running if you're a serious runner and are looking for

something more comprehensive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2000
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execellent book for the beginners. the principles are short, comprehensive, precise and right to the point. but for the intermediate and advance runners, this book has nothing new to offer other than repeat and remind of what you have already learnt.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It is time for us to get off our collective behinds and Burfoot explains how anyone can run. This book may be the key to a healthy future. Burfoot does not want everyone to compete at the level he did, but he feels everyone has the capabilities of achieving fitness and health through running. Run out and get your copy today.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Flint on August 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I ran all through grade school and high school and am picking up the sport again after some years off. I found this book to be a great re-introduction after some time off. I think Amby describes it best as that book that has lots of answers to the questions you've been asking yourself for months (or years), and instead of buying many books to find the answeres, they are all in one small, relatively inexpensive book.
If you run, buy it, you'll like it, if you are thinking about running, buy it, it'll help you along the path towards your running goals.
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I first came across this book one night when I was babysitting, sat and read it cover to cover, then bought myself a copy. I like the straightforward format - under each heading there are a few paragraphs followed by a summary of the main points. Burfoot covers everything from injuries to nutrition, equipment, training and getting started, and keeps things really to-the-point.

He also devotes a chapter to women with our special concerns such as personal safety, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. So many people couldn't believe I kept running while pregnant and some suggested I should quit, but the pregnancy chapter gave me peace of mind that it is perfectly fine for mother and baby and I kept running, although not very regularly and sometimes rather slowly, up to about 28 weeks. Thank you Amby!

I know I will refer to this book again once my pregnancy is over, and will keep coming back to it over the years and over the course of my running life. Just a great little resource.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Stedman on August 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for runners of all age and experience. I have never been much of a fitness nut, but Mr. Burfoot's book inspired and helped me to begin a personal running program. I have already recommended this book to many people and will continue to do so.
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By Jacquelin Maize on July 6, 2013
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Amby Burfoot is one of the most inspirational writers for runners of all levels. Good gift. It's short, but you'll reread many times over.
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