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101 Simple Ways to be a Better Runner: A Short Guide to Running Faster, Preventing Injuries, and Feeling Great by [Fitzgerald, Jason]
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  • File Size: 188 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publication Date: May 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084UKRWO
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This book has some neat tips to improve your running performance. However, I found the book to be extremely repetitive. It seems like the author badly wanted to get to the number "101" and so he split the same tips into multiple ones just to get his count to be 101. For example, tip #97 says that have a buddy system during training, which means that its great to run with a buddy for various reasons, and thereafter tip #102 says that get a running partner, which I felt was the same thing really.

There are multiple such examples all over the book where the same idea has been broken down into several tips, like minimal running, core training in the gym, etc. Overall, I learnt quite a bit from this book but I felt that the ideas were painfully stretched and if you read it, you would feel that approximately half of the book is just repetitions.
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By M. Spade on November 25, 2012
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I would like to give it 3.5 stars. As most of the other reviewers agree, there are several dupes with the advice. It really could be dumbed down to 55 ways to improve your running.
If the price is ok with you than I suggest reading it.
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This is classic Jason Fitzgerald--crisply written, doused with humor, and packed with helpful information. This is a book you can read in an hour or two or can savor over time in small bites. Each tip takes only a couple of minutes to read, so it's the prefect thing for when you have only a few moments to spare--on the train to work, during half-time of your kid's soccer game, or in the check-out lane at the grocery store.

The best part of the book, however, is that the information is PRACTICAL--you can apply it every day, including the days you don't run. In fact, the day after I bought it, I applied three tips on one run: Tip 1 (Hill workouts don't have to be repetitions), Tip 21 (Once a week, run something random) and Tip 22 (Learn to love negative splits). There are tips on getting stronger, getting faster, avoiding injury, running style/mechanics, racing and race day, eating, and more. It's also a great companion to the e-book that Jason Fitzgerald co-authored, The Rebel Running Guide, which contains (among other things) detailed training plans.

Keep the subtitle of this book in mind: "A SHORT Guide to Running Faster, Preventing Injuries, and Feeling Great." This is not a massive tome or the definitive guide to running. But it is a great collection of useful information for beginning and advanced runners alike--and all for less than the price of a single magazine. Highly recommended.
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The book is exactly what it claims to be: 101 Simple Ways to be a Better Runner. The secret lies in the fact that simple doesn't mean simplistic. The advice isn't based on academic theory or random suggestions but instead draws from years of experience from Jason Fitzgerald (Fitz), a sub-2:40 marathoner. I learned about what Fitz was doing through his StrengthRunning blog after suffering my second ITBand injury in less than a year and was running out of ideas on how to run faster, more consistently and most importantly injury-free.

I'm happy to say that using a number of his core and ITBand exercises and other training-related suggestions, I've accomplished what I couldn't through months of physical theory and painful running. I've been back on the run for almost a month without issue and feeling stronger with every passing day.

His website, much like this book, is a treasure-trove of great training advice ranging from diet, training, racing and recovery. Truthfully, having read a ton of his blog posts you probably could find the same information on his website, but that would require tons of time and an impossible task of collecting and condensing it into a usable format. This ebook distills down tons of information into a compact and easy to read resource that I know I refer back to many times. I took another piece of his advice - to read as much as you can about running and become a student of the sport - and can say that this book ranks near the top of my list for must read books. It's well worth the investment.
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I've got to admit, some of the items were a little redundant, but overall, for an inexpensive book that gives practical advice, and easy to read, it's hard to beat. I've read this book, and am currently taking notes from it which I know will help me in my goal of running a marathon.
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Great tips on running that are simple and to the point. With so much info out there it was nice to read tips on running that I thought I could actually apply to my own training as an average runner instead of reading about what super humans do to be super human runners. Definitely a book to keep for quick reference along side my training journal. Jason's website StrengthRunning.com is a wealth of great info too.
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I've been a runner for more than 30 years and have read a great deal on the subject. This book is a terrific source of spot-on information useful to all runners. Jason provides accurate and highly useful advice on everything from how to improve your training to what to eat and even what to wear. Highly recommended!
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I've been running for about 8 years, but have only been more than a casual runner for about 2 years. Jason has put forward a fantastic list of best practices for runners of all levels. If you're looking for in-depth analysis of any of the 102 tips, I don't doubt that he could recommend how to dig into them, but this book is not about that. What I found helpful was that this is a comprehensive list of tools I can use to continue to improve as a runner. You can choose any number of these tips to focus on, and change will come. As I progress, I know that I'll be able to pick a few tips each month to sharpen my abilities, and pick up the book again to remind myself of new ways to improve. As a reader of Jason's website: [...] - the information isn't new per se, but having everything in one place is a hugely valuable resource!
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