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The Runner's Handbook: The Bestselling Classic Fitness G for begng Intermediate Runners 2nd rev Edition [Kindle Edition]

Bob Glover , Jack Shepherd , Shelly-lynn Florence Glover
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you're a runner, or would like to be one, The Runner's Handbook will answer all your questions. Fitness expert Bob Glover-who has trained thousands of runners-shows you how to devise a training program and keep at the top of your form.


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About the Author

Bob Glover is founder and president of Robert H. Glover and Associates, Inc., a sports and fitness consulting firm. Since he founded the program in 1978, Glover has directed the running classes for the New York Road Runners.

Shelly Glover is a certified exercise physiologist with a master’s degree from Columbia University; she coaches all levels of runners and is a frequent competitor.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2268 KB
  • Print Length: 756 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (June 1, 1996)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QCTNI2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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291 of 294 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to get fit and healthy despite your best intentions. September 4, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book should be banned. Just over a year ago, I innocently picked it up with the vague idea that
sometime I should start running. And what happened? Well, I started, and thanks to Bob Glover's insidious inspirational tone, I haven't stopped.

Some books about running seem to give you a stitch the minute you begin reading them, but not this
one. The Runner's Handbook gently coaxes you out on to the roads for ten minutes at a time, then 15, then 20, until one day you find yourself running non-stop for half-an-hour or more, three days a week.

But that's not enough. Oh no. Soon, you're taking Coach Glover's expert advice on how to run a 10K. You tuck the book under your arm when you go buying running shoes. You steadily alter your eating habits, so you feel leaner, more nimble. You even alter next year's holiday plans so you can fit in the Madrid Marathon. Worse still, in the evening you find yourself laying aside the new E Annie Proulx in favour of Bob's chapter on Running in Cold Weather.

This is the first time I've actually read A Book That Changed My Life. And sure, I'm fitter now, I'm healthier, and I've lost 25 pounds.

But that Bob Glover's got a lot to answer for.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book for beginning runners August 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've been running off and on for almost 10 years, running for a week or two, giving up, and then trying again a few months later. Each time I started, I didn't really know what I was doing. I wish I had read this book first - I could've saved myself a lot of time, pain, and aggravation.
Bob Glover's book is inspirational and educational. The techniques and sample running schedules he presents are right on the dot, his information (which he draws from a variety of professional sources) is correct, and his writing style is very entertaining. Since I've started his book I've shaved a minute and a half off of my 5k race time, I'm running more often and farther, and my shin splints haven't acted up in the 8 months I've been following his advice. I've also lost 5 pounds (not that I wanted to) and feel terrific.
Originally published in the 1970s when the running craze erupted, the book has been refined and updated to keep it in line with new information on health and nutrition and technological advances in shoe design and clothing. This book could be the only book you'll need to enjoy running as a hobby and a sport. It's that good.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I ran 4 miles yesterday; Thanks to Bob Glover January 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I started last August as an out of shape, overweight, unmotivated failure. Over the past 10 years I've tried all sorts of plans to get into exercising regularly. Then I turned 28 and realized that if I didn't change this pattern, it was only going to get harder after I crossed 30. I'm proud to report that thanks to Bob Glover, I'll enter my 30s in better shape than I entered my 20s. He started me out with an easy to follow 10 week plan. That gave me enough momentum to finish a 5k race without walking. That was fine and good.. but before I knew it the holidays were upon us and I was sure that my old patterns would emerge and I'd find excuses to stop the running program. Luckily, Bob's program is so easily progressive, that a habit had been forming. There was now enough motivation that the highlight of my day was the hour reserved in the morning for a quiet jog as the sun was rising. No excuses were necessary: running is enough fun that I automatically find ways to keep running in my schedule no matter what's going on, or where I am. Got thru the holidays, got thru vacations, and continue to enjoy running as a part of my life. 6 months later, Bob Glover's book is as essential as it was when I first started the program. I refer to it for tips as the seasons are changing, and I rely on reading the physiological explainations to understand how my body is adapting. Bob Glover is right. If a pig can be trained to run an 8 minute mile - so can I :-)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Running never felt so good August 21, 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am an off and on runner, but I have never had much guidance on the subject. If Glover has provided anything, it is plenty of guidance in this book. This covers everything a beginning runner could possibly think about - sportswear, motivation, running shoes, stretches, etc. One reader complained about having too much info. Good grief. Skip a chapter if you don't want to learn about it. I highly recommend this book to all budding runners. I plan on referring to it often as I continue running. The only nit I may have is that this books hasn't been updated in a while, so there may be new technologies out there that aren't reflected. This is a minor problem and can be remedied with a little bit of internet research. 5 stars to the running bible.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I went from 0 km to a Half-Marathon with this book March 31, 2004
Format:Paperback
Just one year ago, I was one of those persons that just couldn't run. If I ran for more than 3 minutes I would be out of breath so fast that you wouldn't believe it. Then, one day I decided that it wasn't normal to just run out of breath after a short run. Looking to learn from someone who would know what they were talking about, I searched Amazon for books on running, and ended up selecting this one. The book is very good, well written, and straight forward. To make a long story short, on March the 28th I ran my fist Half-marathon in 2:20:07. For me it is an absolute milestone in my life. All I can do is give credit to this book for it helped a lot. Thanks Bob Glover.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything I needed to know about running.
Published 1 month ago by Dee Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read
No complicated lingo, even for a beginner runner. Really good information and easy to read. If your just getting into running, this is a must handbook.
Published 5 months ago by Link
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
its been very helpful and I would recommend it to others starting out running or just trying to get back into shape
Published 12 months ago by cathy davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for beginners!
Excellent book, but I would have liked some pictures of demos. This is minor. Bob Glover is very motivating and his book is easy to read.
Published 13 months ago by teresa hash
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Maybe the best book about running. The good thing is that you can anytime read again any part of the book. It's like runner's manual.
Published 15 months ago by Jiri Michalek
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ESSENTIAL BOOK TO HAVE
If you run, you should own this book. It's that simple. There is so much information crammed into these pages about running and racing, I could not begin to mention it all. Read more
Published on March 5, 2013 by Robert Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The Runners handbook
one of the best ways to start running. the push you need and the best writen books to enspire you.
Published on November 13, 2011 by Big Red
4.0 out of 5 stars The Runners Handbook
'The Runners Handbook' is a comprehensive book covering nearly all aspects of running. It stretches to just over 700 pages, which is a lot of information about this sport. Read more
Published on February 2, 2011 by Spider Monkey
2.0 out of 5 stars Still running with a Walkman
The last time his book was revised was in 1996, and it really needs an update for the 21st century. Read more
Published on December 15, 2008 by Timeslicer
5.0 out of 5 stars Begining runner
Wonderful book timeless information. I was running to get into shape but ending runs shortly after I began. Read more
Published on December 8, 2008 by D. Shirer
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