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Runner's World Complete Book of Beginning Running Paperback – February 10, 2005

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AMBY BURFOOT is the author of Runner's World Complete Book of Running. A former Boston Marathon winner and a member of the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame, he is also the recipient of several journalism awards. He lives in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Series: Runner's World Complete Books
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (March 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159486022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594860225
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
If you are one of those people who always see these runners and envy them but are afraid to start because the very few times you tried you almost felt your heart coming out of your ears then this is the book for you.

The book is exactly what it claims to be, for beginners. It is full of motivational facts and answers a lot of your questions as you progress. I started browsing it in Spring after my doctor told me that I am in a pre-diabetic stage ( I am insulin resistant and have PCOS) and have to do something about it. In summer I finished a 5k, walked most of it, and got my insulin level back to normal and now I go out for a run almost every day for 30 to 60 minutes, no walking! And I have started training for half marathon. I am now combining this running skill with sensible diet, also described in book, and the 30lbs I had to lose are melting down.

The 24 week walk/run plan is a realistic one. The quality of pictures is really good and it does a great job in keeping you motivated. I recommend it to anyone who wants to start running but doesn't know where to start.

P.S. I am completing this review. I ran my very first half-marathon on April 29th, 2007 and I have this book to thank for most of it. I am a runner now.
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I have 4 other books and they all seem to have you running non-stop within 8 - 13 weeks. I'm 45y old. 5'11" and 165lbs. I'm fairly fit through calisthenics and weight training but have not run consistently since my 20's during which time I used to be able to run a 10k with little or no training. I tried the 13-week program in the book "The Beginning Runner's Handbook" and I couldn't do it. My knees are not what they used to be. I've been following the 24-week program in this book and it's just the right amount of stress as my body slowly adapts to running again. If you've felt defeated by shorter programs, try this one ... it's working for me!
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I love this book so far! I am just starting to run. I have two 5ks I just signed up for and I wanted to learn to run in a safe way. This book has a great running log in the back of it to help you get started. It also has a lot of motivational words in it. Overall if you are starting to run and looking for a book I would say buy this one.
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There is one chapter in this book that contains motivating quotes from experienced runners that reflect upon what they wish they knew when they began running. I found that to be extremely inspirational (but it was only 1 of the 40 chapters)!! The rest of the book consists of important facts about the health benefits of running, help with time managment, a section on getting started, nutrition, training and more. Amby Burfoot gives great advice about the importance of training your mind along with your body, which helps those who may get discouraged at the beginning as well as those who need an extra push now and then. In the back there are effective training plans for the already active person as well as the beginner. I would strongly recommend this book to those who are interested in running for any reason because the book covers everything you need to know.

I picked up this book five months ago when I started running as an out of shape beginner. Amby Burfoot's knowledge and advice gave me the base that I needed to accomplish many of my goals and I am now in much better shape, running daily and loving every minute of it.
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In general I like pictures. In this book they got in the way. Some of the info here is stuff you don't get from other books but I'd worry people will miss it because the layout is so visually distracting you get involved in the pictures and forget about the text. In particular some of the injury information is very helpful - but again the pictures take over completely.

For someone who wants to be guided gently into the world of running and is not ready to read more science this may be a good option. The info is solid, it is complete, and it will guide you well. I preferred a few others to this one but I still pick this up occasionally to glance through.
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Most of the information in this book can be found for free on websites online, such as active.com. I didn't receive much further insight, but it might be good for someone sedentary who is new to exercise and needs additional help & motivation to continue working out.
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I bought this as a gift for a friend who is just starting running -- it's perfect. Looking through the book I was very happy with the interesting and useful content. I think it's a must-read for new runners.
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So far I like content of the book I just don't like the format of the Kindle version.

I didn't care for the sections of the book that were written over pictures. You couldn't enlarge the font of those sections and it was difficult to read some of those in such tiny fonts with such fanciful backgrounds. The sections of the book that were in standard text, the font appeared degraded and or broken.
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