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The Runner's Handbook : The Bestselling Classic Fitness Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Runners (2nd rev Edition) Paperback – June 1, 1996
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About the Author
Shelly Glover is a certified exercise physiologist with a master’s degree from Columbia University; she coaches all levels of runners and is a frequent competitor.
Top Customer Reviews
sometime I should start running. And what happened? Well, I started, and thanks to Bob Glover's insidious inspirational tone, I haven't stopped.
Some books about running seem to give you a stitch the minute you begin reading them, but not this
one. The Runner's Handbook gently coaxes you out on to the roads for ten minutes at a time, then 15, then 20, until one day you find yourself running non-stop for half-an-hour or more, three days a week.
But that's not enough. Oh no. Soon, you're taking Coach Glover's expert advice on how to run a 10K. You tuck the book under your arm when you go buying running shoes. You steadily alter your eating habits, so you feel leaner, more nimble. You even alter next year's holiday plans so you can fit in the Madrid Marathon. Worse still, in the evening you find yourself laying aside the new E Annie Proulx in favour of Bob's chapter on Running in Cold Weather.
This is the first time I've actually read A Book That Changed My Life. And sure, I'm fitter now, I'm healthier, and I've lost 25 pounds.
But that Bob Glover's got a lot to answer for.
Bob Glover's book is inspirational and educational. The techniques and sample running schedules he presents are right on the dot, his information (which he draws from a variety of professional sources) is correct, and his writing style is very entertaining. Since I've started his book I've shaved a minute and a half off of my 5k race time, I'm running more often and farther, and my shin splints haven't acted up in the 8 months I've been following his advice. I've also lost 5 pounds (not that I wanted to) and feel terrific.
Originally published in the 1970s when the running craze erupted, the book has been refined and updated to keep it in line with new information on health and nutrition and technological advances in shoe design and clothing. This book could be the only book you'll need to enjoy running as a hobby and a sport. It's that good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is amazing, it literally covers anything you can think about running, it’s a must have for everyone that wants to call his or her self a runner. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andreas Michaelides
No complicated lingo, even for a beginner runner. Really good information and easy to read. If your just getting into running, this is a must handbook.Published 22 months ago by Link
its been very helpful and I would recommend it to others starting out running or just trying to get back into shapePublished on March 9, 2014 by cathy davidson
Excellent book, but I would have liked some pictures of demos. This is minor. Bob Glover is very motivating and his book is easy to read.Published on February 12, 2014 by teresa hash
Maybe the best book about running. The good thing is that you can anytime read again any part of the book. It's like runner's manual.Published on December 18, 2013 by Jiri Michalek
If you run, you should own this book. It's that simple. There is so much information crammed into these pages about running and racing, I could not begin to mention it all. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Robert Williams
one of the best ways to start running. the push you need and the best writen books to enspire you.Published on November 13, 2011 by Big Red