- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (January 6, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780789733146
- ISBN-13: 978-0789733146
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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Half-Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 8K, 10K or Half-Marathon Race Paperback – December 27, 2004
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From the Back Cover
Signed up for a half-marathon and not sure what you've gotten yourself into? "Absolute Beginner's Guide to Half-Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 8K, 10K or Half-Marathon Race" is an easy-to-understand introduction to the world of running half-marathon, or shorter, race. Endorsed by the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, this book is packed with illustrations, notes on how to stay motivated and tips on how to train without pain. It will guide you through your marathon-training program and show you how to find the appropriate clothing and shoes, prevent and treat injuries and warm-up before running. Even if you are walking a shorter distance, this is a beneficial training manual. So run, or walk, to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of "ABG to Half-Marathon Training" today!
About the Author
Heather Hedrick is the assistant director of the Center for Educational Services within the National Institute for Fitness and Sport. She is a registered dietitian and has her Master of Science in Kinesiology. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics as well as her Master of Science degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. Heather is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Instructor®. Heather's interests and extensive experience are in the areas of wellness, weight management, exercise programming, vegetarian nutrition, and sports nutrition, ranging from the recreational to the ultra-endurance athlete. At the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, she develops educational materials, implements programs, and delivers presentations to various groups on nutrition and fitness topics related to healthy eating, weight control, disease prevention, and improving athletic performance. Heather coordinates the National Institute for Fitness and Sport's Mini Marathon Training Programa half-marathon training program for walkers and runners participating in the 500 Festival Mini Marathon, the nation's largest half-marathon. She routinely appears on local NBC, CBS, and cable television shows and news broadcasts to educate central Indiana residents on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. She was the dietitian for the first team of four men aged 70+ to successfully complete the non-stop bicycle race, Race Across America. Heather has authored nutrition/fitness articles published in a variety of journals including Mechanisms of Ageing and Development and the ACSM Health & Fitness® Journal. She has been interviewed and quoted in Women's Day, Ladies Home Journal, and Newsweek magazines. Heather is also an accomplished triathlete, duathlete, and marathon runner, including qualifying and competing in the 2003 Hawaii Ironman.
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What is commendable about the book is that it not only makes worthwhile recommendations for runners but it ALSO is very helpful for those of us, over 50's, who perhaps cannot quite run like we used to but still can walk very fast as fitness walkers perhaps even participate in racewalking. I have been racing since the mid 1990s but have never been able to run a whole race, yet I have been able to achieve racewalking speeds and have often placed in my age group. Chapter 6 Proper Walking and Running Form details not only proper running form and technique but also explains what is racewalking, what is proper racewalking form and technique and how racewalking drills can improve your form. For those who are even slower but STILL want to participate the author even has a section on proper fitness walking form and technique.
Unlike a previous reviewer I think that this book contains a LOT more information then what you could get out of just a reading a RUNNERS WORLD or WALKING magazine. That is NOT giving this book the proper credit it deserves. For instance, in addition to Chapter 6, particularly useful information was contained in Chapter 7 Warm-Up/Cool-Down and Flexibility Exercises, Chapter 8 Strength Training and Chapter 10 Training and Competition Nutrition for Runners and Walkers. I also particularly like Table 4.1 Dressing for Success:How to be Comfortable Whatever the Weather (recommending clothing choices for actual temperatures ranges) and Table 5.1 Commonly Diagnosed Injuries for Runners and Walkers (listing not only potential injuries with symptoms but recommendations for their prevention and treatment if they occur).
I was really impressed that the book was written by a registered dietitian with a Masters of Science in Kinesiology certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness instructor and ALSO an accomplished triathlete, duathlete and master runner. In part due to her suggetions, I was able to shave off two minutes in my last half-marathon. Although she primarily writes for newcomers to racing I think her suggestions can potentially be helpful to runners and walkers at ALL levels.
I really enjoyed Rock N Roll Guide to Marathon if you are purely running (no walking) or If you are looking to run/walk your first marathon or half I recommend looking at Marathoning for Mortals: A Regular Person's Guide to the Joy of Running or Walking a Half-Marathon or Marathon or if you want to do exclusive run/walk try Marathon: You Can Do It! or his Galloway's Book on Running and you can supplement with iphone/android apps or other online training plans. I found all of these helpful for the beginner who is not too sure of her capability in this new endeavor!