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The Complete Book of Running Hardcover – September 12, 1977

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Discusses not only the physical benefits of running, but its psychological benefits as well: increasing self-esteem, acquiring a "high" from running, and being able to cope better with pressure and tension. Yep, it still sells.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (September 12, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394411595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394411590
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
How well I remember when this book was published in 1977. I was a teenager and hardly anyone I knew jogged or ran for pleasure. In those days it was rare to see anyone on the street actually doing exercise. With this book, Jim Fixx revolutionized the world of exercise, and especially the sport of running. This book precipitated the running boom of the late 70's when every granny laced up her New Balance's or Saucony's and hit the streets. Jim Fixx was an overweight business executive who began running simply because he wanted to improve his tennis game. He loved running so much that he gave up tennis to concentrate on increasing his weekly running mileage.
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.
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Decades after it's initial release, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF RUNNING has become a classic and remains what it was Fixx intended it to be: a great guide for beginners and a textural gathering place for multitudes of runners.
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.
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I felt this was a very good book. He covered all the topics I would hope to see in a running book including injury prevention, training, nutrition, racing... The book was an quick easy read.
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.
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I really enjoyed this book. I am relatively new to "jogging" (4 years, and as James refers to it, as running) and this book, even though dated, still give lots of wonderful information. This is a witty, fast read, and I felt it was very well organized. I am currently training for my 2nd 10K race this season, so I guess I'm hooked!
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WOW, I had originally purchased this books eons ago, in the early 80's and I had been jogging already for since 1976 when I was a teenager. The information in this book inspired me more than anything else about jogging. I LOVED THIS BOOK! I had lost it somewhere through many moves and life changes in my life and I had also quit jogging due to an illness I went through. I'm 48 now, will be 49 in a few weeks and I still believe in my heart that I'm a runner, a jogger. I'm purchasing this book TODAY and can't wait to read it again! If there is any book that encourages you with running, believe me, it's this one. It's a MUST HAVE FOR ALL RUNNERS [JOGGERS]!
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A lot has been written about running since James Fixx came out with this book. This book not only instructs you on some basics, and helps you to train up, this book aims to integrate running into your life style. When I first bought this book in the 80s there were no running periodicals, there were no glossy fitness magazines or famous runners touting Nike shoes and Rebox training clothes. Running was in it's infancy and this is the book that started it all. This book is still relevant today, and it shows you how to BE a runner. There are no advertisers trying to push their products here, there is no agenda other than to get you out on the road and to help you be a better, longer lived runner. James died running along a country road a decade or so after this book was published. I like to think that that was how he would have preferred to have gone. He made my days on the road far more enjoyable, and running still is a solid part of my life thanks to this publication. For that I will always be grateful.
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I grew up in the 'boom' time of running: I was a teenager coming into running during the late 70's and early eighties. I still remember a wonderful article in Runner's World magazine on Jim Fixx. I am still saddened by his death. He was the 'every man' of running: un-pretentious and soulful. His prose is precint, witty, and full of life. I recommend the book not only for its knowlege base, but for the sheer 'readability'! And yes...those are actually his legs on both of his book covers! We all miss you, Jim.

-Will Soyars
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