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The Runner's Handbook : The Bestselling Classic Fitness Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Runners (2nd rev Edition) Paperback – June 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140469303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140469301
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to all budding runners.
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If you are serious about getting into running or back into it, BUY this book.
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The book is very good, well written, and straight forward.
Pedro Bento

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290 of 293 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1997
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 By A Customer on August 23, 1999
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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1999
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 By Amazon Customer on August 21, 2005
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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 By Pedro Bento on 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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