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The Complete Book of Running Hardcover – September 12, 1977
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Fixx writes extremely well and it's still hard to put this down. It's held up remarkably well in the intervening 25 years and the information is still current and just as riveting as it was back then. Fixx has special chapters on kids running, women, senior citizens, injuries and the Boston marathon. He spends considerable detail on expounding upon the magical "runner's high" which occurs on runs lasting more than 45 minutes. Based on considerable personal experience, I will say that the runner's high is freequently elusive, but you'll know when you get it.
Jim Fixx died of a heart attack in the late 1980's while running on a quiet Vermont road. Unfortunately, this became the butt of some late night jokes made by overweight comics thinking it was ironic that a running guru would die of a heart attack. But Jim Fixx has the last laugh: he helped usher in the running boom and cement this avocation in the lives of millions of people. This is an outstanding book, as interesting and readable as it was when it was first published all those years ago.
Some of the training tips have been overwhelmed by further study, and Fixx's recommendation to buy good running shoes has been slammed as the starting point for Nike's attempt to take over the universe, but the book is still inspirational to anyone looking for some kind of cultural backbone for what is, at it's core, the most individualist fitness activity.
Since I am new to running I learned alot. What I found particularly interesting was just how current this 25 year old book was. It doesn't seem that that much has changed even in equipment. The shoes are different, but his advice on shoes is relevant. As is his advice on most topics covered.
I am personally glad I own this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm old and fat now but while logging about 10,000 miles back in the 1980's this was my absolute "go-to" guide. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mack R.
ground breaking book on running. amazing when you consider when it was written.Published 10 months ago by pain doc
A good book for beginner runners, however it places a lot of emphasis upon "self-motivation" and "self-attainment" without any regard to, what I believe to be, what... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard Arwood
Timeless standard whether you are running for the first time or your twentieth marathon. First read this in the 70's. Worthy of picking up again and again.Published 18 months ago by Pattersonlaw
bought this for my son a few years ago. could only find a used copy but it was in great condition. Price was one that couldn't be passed up. He really enjoyed it a lot .Published 18 months ago by Ruthanne Kilburn
This was one of those life changing books. When I first read it back in 1977 the running boom was just starting and Jim Fixx was a big part of it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rick