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The Courage To Start: A Guide To Running for Your Life Paperback – April 7, 1999
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Take your first step toward fitness and a happier, healthier life.
Has the idea of running crossed your mind, but you haven't acted on it because you don't think you have the body of a runner? Have you thought about running but quit before you started because you knew that you would be breathless at the end of your driveway? Well, put aside those fears because you can do it. John Bingham, author of the popular Runner's World column "The Penguin Chronicles", transformed himself from an overweight couch potato who smoked into a runner who has completed eleven marathons and hundreds of road races.
Forget about the image of a perfect body in skintight clothes, and don't worry about how fast or how far you go. Bingham shows how anyone can embrace running as a life-enhancing activity -- rather than as a competition you will never win. In an entertaining blend of his own success story and practical advice, Bingham provides reasonable guidelines for establishing a program of achievable goals; offers tips on clothing, running shoes, and other equipment; and explains how anyone can prepare for and run distances ranging from a few miles to marathons.
After all, in running and in life, the difference between success and failure sometimes comes down to a single step. Waddle on, friends.
About the Author
John Bingham writes “The Penguin Chronicles,” a monthly column in Runner's World, maintains a popular Web site, and trains other “slow and steady” runners nationwide. He lives in Tennessee.
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I highly encourage this book to anyone looking for motivation in whatever program you're pursuing. It doesnt matter what you're age is or your shortcomings, the point is you're doing it.
He goes over all of the things you may need but I think if you want more in depth information and training plans read, "Running for Mortals."
The courage to start is like having a running partner who's with you every step of the way! It talks about what to expect and how to prepare both physically and mentally. I found reflecting on each chapter while I run keeps me internally motivated and gives me that extra edge.
One personal struggle is running and thinking "is all this worth it"... well, spend some time with this book and you'll come away with every reason to get your health back.
A quick and easy read, well worth the price!