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The Runner's Field Manual: A Tactical (and Practical) Survival Guide Hardcover – Illustrated, October 12, 2010

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About the Author

MARK REMY is the executive editor of RunnersWorld.com and the author of The Runner's Rule Book. He lives, writes, and runs in eastern Pennsylvania, where he frequently seeks Relief in Porcelain-Free Environments and has extensively researched A Word about Roadkill.

Runner's World is the worldwide authority on running information. With a goal to inform, advise, and motivate runners of all ages and abilities, Runner's World aims to help runners acheive their personal health, fitness, and performance goals, and to inspire them with vivid, memorable storytelling.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1St Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605292729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605292724
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on October 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Let's say you haven't run since you were in high school, and only then because they made you in gym class. Now, because you've seen a story about a 10k run or someone older than you talks about a marathon they participated in, you are thinking of doing some running yourself. This is the book for you.

While some stuff may seem like common sense overall it is a very helpful volume with lots of good info. And when you show up for your for serious run you'll know what those things are on peoples' arms and why some guys are running with no shoes on. There's also a lot of tongue-in-cheek illustrations and info but not enough, I think, to make serious long-term runners that interested in it. I think that the addition of some running plans and perhaps a list of some of the more famous races and when they are run as an appendix might have earned this book a fifth star. That doesn't mean it's not a fun book!
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I do not recommend buying this book, only because it's all common sense, however it did make me laugh out loud a few time. The author is a good story teller. But I'll probably never have to read it again, nor would I ever refer to it. It is a good read, so if you like good reads... purchase it, if you're more like me and like a good book you'll reference again and again, don't.
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Overall I would give this an EH... First few pages seemed humorous, it never really progressed from there. It's definitely an easy lighthearted read, but in my opinion there are lots of better books out there. Also the constant plugs for the magazine he works for is a little shameless.
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I'll admit right up front that I am a fan of the author of this book, Mark Remy. He's the Executive Editor of RunnersWorld.com and a very funny fellow. I thoroughly enjoyed his first book, "The Runner's Rule Book" and expected that I would do the same with this one. I was right. If you are looking for a serious treatise on running, this is probably not the book that you are looking for, but if you want a fun look at running and being a runner from someone that knows what he is talking about you need look no further.
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Full disclosure: I am thanked on one of the last pages of the book for inspiring a topic (The Five Stages of Marathon Grief). I also received a free copy of the book, so I do not have the full-paying customer experience.

That said, I would pay full price for the Runner's Field Manual. The book is funny, pithy and easy to read without being facile.

The book is arranged into short chapters that deal with common running problems and concerns (race-day, clothing choices, etc). These chapters give both practical and humorous advice, with some that is both practical AND humorous (how to "take care of business" while out on a run).

Well worth the purchase and read, and good to keep around for idle re-reads (especially the bit on the Five Stages of Marathon Grief).
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I'll admit, Remy hit it out of the park with his first release, The Runner's Rule Book. It's hard to follow up such a hilarious read, but this is about as good as it gets. Filled with practical advice, the Field Manual is not written in a stiff voice of most activity guides. Running can be fun; this you gather from this skilled author and accomplished runner.
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Mark Remy brings us yet another masterpiece that all runners need. Whether you are a novice or an elite you should read this book to bring you back to why you are a runner to being with. Sprinkled with witty and practical advice, I recommend this as a must read.
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The Runner's Field Manual is a fantastic, humorous work designed for beginner runners. I found the work to be stress-relieving and fun to read. There were excellent points made in the work on both practical and joking levels. The book is great for those who are inexperienced runners, and there may also be some helpful tips for the more seasoned runners. I recommend this book to anyone who needs to understand the basics of running, and for runners who are looking for a good read to motivate themselves to run.
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