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Better Running Goals: The Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Goals for Your Body, Mind, and Lifestyle Paperback – June 9, 2016
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About the Author
Diana Fitts is a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area where she holds a degree from Santa Clara University in Literature and Creative Writing and a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. She concentrates her studies on the connections between motivation and goal setting with the aim of helping others discover the simple life changes that have large impact.
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The author does a good job of presenting a method for determining your running goals and helping you identify the realistic impact that such goals will have on other areas of your life. She does not offer a running plan but instead gives advice on how to select one from the near endless available supply. The book gives some stories from the author's life to help illustrate various points that she makes. But honestly, my favorite thing about the book is that the author doesn't come across as preachy. She obviously loves running but manages to avoid the trap of "I run marathons/barefoot/sprints/cross-country/etc. so you should too" into which enthusiasts (of any type) can easily fall. I also think that a lot of her advice for narrowing down a goal and weighing its effect on other parts of your life could be applied to other areas of interest as well, not just running.
There were a couple of editing errors that knocked me out of the flow of reading for a moment, but I didn't have the foresight to make adequate note of their location and I got over it quickly.
Overall I feel like this is a very good book to help clarify one's running goals, especially for a novice runner. This is especially true if you are looking at a competitive or social running goal, but can also apply to someone like myself who is interested in a solo activity that will provide health benefits. Even if you know what your goal is, this book has good advice that can help you determine if that goal is feasible while allowing you to have the non-running life you want also.
In this book Diana walks us through the process of setting realistic goals as well as integrating running into our busy lives in such a way that is healthy and productive. The book goes beyond traditional running tips and looks at ways to create sustainable running so that you stick and maintain your running programs and reduce your chances of fizzling out after a few weeks. What I like best about the book is that it approaches running from a lifestyle perspective and is coming from someone we can relate with. While we can learn from elite athletes, not many of us can relate to that level of training, nor is it always healthy. This book fills a much needed space in the running space where most books focus on just the How-To mechanics of running. Spread throughout this book are stories, small lessons, checklists, and tips which also make it highly actionable as well as easy to read.
I received an early copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for my honest review. I am not sure if I would have picked this book off the shelf to read if I didn’t have the incentive to critique it before publication. I am grateful that I did. It was exactly what I needed to organize my life at the time. The information will be useful for years to come.
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This book helped me examine why I run and when/how it best fits into my life.Read more