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Best Book for Beginning Runners I've Read
on June 19, 2016
A lot of beginning runners start with the idea that they have to run fast and win races right from the beginning. That attitude sometimes leads to injuries and many times leads to frustration and new runners quitting quickly. This book dispels that attitude. Not everyone is going to be a fast, competitive runner, but everyone can be a runner. When you learn to set realistic goals based on your own real abilities, you learn to celebrate your own victories, be they achieving a long distance or a faster pace.
This book is a great beginners book because it dispels the myths of what a runner is and it provides inspiration for everyone. The author does provide some information about avoiding injuries and what to do if you are injured. And he does provide some suggestions on training if you want to run a half or full marathon, but that information can be found in any running book. What John "The Penguin" Bingham provides in this book that sets it apart from any I've read before is the complete acceptance and celebration of those of us in the back of the pack; the ones who run slower than a ten minute per mile pace. He is telling us that we are runners too and can love running as much as any of the leaders. And he does it with a sense of humor. If you want to run, but think maybe you're not 'good enough,' you need to read this book. You are good enough. Just make the first step. In the words of the author, Waddle on friends.