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The Born Again Runner: A Guide to Overcoming Excuses, Injuries, and Other Obstacles―for New and Returning Runners Paperback – August 23, 2016
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“This road map to enjoying a healthy life is highly recommended for anyone serious about beginning and sticking to a running program.”—Publishers Weekly
“Myths are busted and excuses are denied. . . . This book is just loaded with information. . . . It will be pretty difficult to deny Magill, so just get out there, start, and stay with your running regime.”—Portland Book Review
“As a running author myself it pains me to say this, but if you're a new runner or returning to the sport, The Born Again Runner is the only book you need. If it doesn’t get you up and running, nothing will. Pete Magill smashes myths, bats down excuses, and demystifies everything from training to diet to injury prevention. It’s the smartest, easiest-to-follow blueprint I’ve ever seen for anyone who wants to become—and remain—a happy, healthy runner.”
—Mark Remy, Runner's World columnist and author of Runners of North America and The Runner's Rule Book
“Whether you're just starting out as a runner or starting afresh, you can do no better than heed the guidance of running's ultimate comeback kid, Pete Magill, as presented in The Born Again Runner.”—Matt Fitzgerald, author of How Bad Do You Want It? and coach for Team Iron Cowboy
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I like the persistent focus on starting easy and slow, which is something a lot of beginners do not realize or simply forget. The biggest mistake for any runner is in the actual training itself. In the book Magill talks about how in the beginning programs people should spend the first three weeks walking. I think this makes sense for those who are "couch potatoes" and are just getting out and being active. This; however, will be extremely frustrating to active people who want to start running. The training schedules focuses on time rather than mileage. This makes sense for those who are beginning. I like that he recommends strides and hill sprints for speed workouts.
The sections on "mythbusting" and on running and racing etiquette are nothing an experienced runner does not know, but useful for the real beginner. The section on "mistakes" is something even experienced runners could use a reminder on, and the injury prevention exercises would be useful to all runners.
I received this book from The Experiment via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I should start by making it clear that what you will find at the core of this book are insights on training, physiology, nutrition, injury prevention etc. that I think should keep even the most ambitious beginning runner learning, re-reading and discovering new things for a long time. Sure, as someone that has "caught the bug" in a pretty severe way, I am exploring more "specialist" books and other resources in addition, but I find that the information given in this book on a really wide range of topics, and more importantly, the underlying principles that tie everything together, serves me as a rock-solid foundation to build on, and come back to when the hordes of contradicting online gurus make me confused. If the cover image makes you think that this is some kind of lightweight introduction-only for the most severe coach potato cases, think again.
Having said that, it has ALSO been a fantastically inspiring, friendly, funny and uplifting book for the chain-smoking, saggy belly heap of bones me that picked the book up some months ago. Mr. Magill's personal story, as well as the stories of all the other folks with varying challenges becoming runners and building wellness for themselves are really great. Should I ever bump into any one of them, they're up for a big hug.
Ok, that's it. Just buy it.