- Series: Everything (Sports & Fitness)
- Paperback: 289 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media Corporation (March 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580626181
- ISBN-13: 978-1580626187
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,994,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Everything Running Book: From Circling the Block to Completing a Marathon, Tricks and Tips to Make You a Better Runner (Everything (Sports & Fitness)) Paperback – March, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
The Good: The only thing worthwhile in the whole book is the running plan, that, IMHO is better than that in Bob Glover's book, as well as better than the Runner's world plan for beginners. Well, maybe not better, but better suited to me.
The Bad: Everything else.
Only too often, the author just glosses over the details, and you're left with pretty much nothing. For example, when the author talks about injuries, he pontificates about this muscle and that muscle, with the long technical names, but that's pretty much useless without diagrams to support it. [I would say it's useless even with the diagrams if I can't do anything with the information, but that's another story]. After reading a page of useless info, the author refers you to a different chapter. You flip to that chapter and are lost. When you do find a section of interest, it's again missing key information. This patter repeats itself too often.
Most of the excercises are described in plain text, no pictures.
For injury prevention, I recommend:
The Runners' Repair Manual: A Complete Program for Diagnosing and Treating Your Foot, Leg and Back Problems
For general ponitification about running:
The Runner's Handbook : The Bestselling Classic Fitness Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Runners (2nd rev Edition)
What I did learn from the book, and that actually changed my routine from now on, is not to stretch prior to a run. This book is clearly more for the beginner than for somebody who's been running for a while. The information about preparing for a marathon seems pretty thin, too, so if you are planning on doing one, this book might disappoint you.
I would recommend this to anyone who is trying to learn how to run any kind of distance. Advanced runners already know tons, but this book could still be helpful for those that have already read up or are fully versed on distance running.