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Runner's World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Run for Fun, Fitness and Competition (Runner's World Complete Books) Paperback – May 7, 2004

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With all the books on running available, deciding which one to buy is not easy. Look no further; the subtitle says it all. Runner's World magazine's executive editor Burfoot had two objectives when producing this book: to gather the best advice possible and to present the information in a user-friendly manner. Burfoot definitely succeeds in producing an up-to-date, useful guide for running enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Every aspect of the sport is covered, from nutrition, injuries, and women's running to speed/endurance, cross-training, mental preparation, and the marathon. Complete with photos, index, and detailed table of contents, this study is a worthy purchase for all public libraries.?Larry Robert Little, Penticton P.L., B.C.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

The sport of running is ever changing, be it the shoes we wear or the goals we set, the training methods we use or the role models we emulate. But there is one constant: For 30 years, Runner's World magazine has been recognized worldwide as the leading authority on running. Now, the collective wisdom of some of the most savvy running writers and editors can be found in one book. Whether you are a beginner or veteran runner, here is advice-- both timeless and cutting edge-- guaranteed to maximize your performance and pleasure.

In-depth coverage of training and racing, including:
* A surefire plan for beginners to get "hooked" on running
* 15 surprising foods to boost your running performance
* A program to double your endurance
* Nearly 20 running ailments and how to self-treat them
* A proven method to achieve a breakthrough
* Top 25 training advances over the past 30 years
* Tips from triathletes to maximize your training efficiency
* 11 rules to run a great marathon
* A woman's encyclopedia of running
* The big-five running injuries and how to prevent them
* How to incorporate speedwork into your training
* How to think like a champion
* How to taper your eating, and your training, before a race

Valuable advice from world-class runners, coaches, and doctors:
* Joan Samuelson, 1984 Olympic Marathon gold medalist
* Mark Allen, six-time Hawaii Ironman triathlon champion
* Jeff Galloway, U.S. Olympian and best-selling author
* Joe Ellis, D.P.M., author of Running Injury-Free
* Bob Kempainen, 1992 U.S. Olympic Marathoner
* Doug Kurtis, who has run 60 marathons under 2:20
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Runner's World Complete Books
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Revised edition (May 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579549292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579549299
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,622,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. McLaughlin on April 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
As other reviewers have stated, this is a good book for beginning runners. The tone is positive--in the introduction, the author states that she wants to be your cheerleader--and presents a "you can do it!" attitude throughout. One of the book's strengths is its emphasis on starting out gradually if you're a beginning runner. The author is well aware of the pitfalls of beginning runners, one of which is getting discouraged and ultimately abandoning running because of unrealistic expectations. She presents a clear running program that just about anyone should be able to start with. Inspirational stories--including a now-dated piece about Oprah's first marathon--support the idea that pretty much anyone can train to run competitively (or just for fun). Well, at least if they're millionaires who can train for a total of four hours a day.

Also included are the obligatory diet recommendations, including a curious plug for vegetarianism. This is where I think the book starts to lose its focus. I realize that many people reading about running are likely looking to lose weight and incorporate vigorous exercise into a healthier lifestyle, but how many times--and in how many publications--must we read about carbs and fats? We get a brief intro to healthy eating, and then the book jumps into diet choices of runners. The organization of the book suggests that you'll go from novice runner to carbo-loading marathoner in a matter of pages.

I think that the injury section, perhaps incorporated into a larger chapter about running and its effects on various body systems and health generally, could be expanded. How to best deal with shin splints, which affect nearly all beginning runners at some point and to some degree, is barely touched on.
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Format: Hardcover
Despite what the title and subtitle suggests, this doesn't

provide everything you need to run for fun, fitness and

competition. While it probably a 3 1/2 *** to 4**** book,

in terms of content, there are more comprehensive books

on the subject of running. This is a good book for getting

a base understanding of running, and it only offers

training programs for one type of road race, namely the

marathon. If you want something that covers training for

shorter races, forget it. That doesn't mean the book is a

total loss for those who purchase it. If you are looking

for a tome on the sport, look no further than Dr. Timothy

Noakes' Lore of Running, which is nearly 1000 pages of

information from a physician who is also a runner. It

doesn't discuss specific training exercises with regards

to weights like other running books, or it doesn't even

mention which exercises to do in terms of stretching/flexibility, nor is there any mention of

pylometrics, which is used by some competitive runners.

The book is fairly narrow in scope, geared more for

road racers of the marathon persuasion mostly. If you

want to run some track race or cross country race, this

book is probably of somewhat limited value to you. Another

problem is the book is fairly expensive consider the amount

of information is provided in the pages, considering this

is basically a rehash of topics already discussed in

Runners' World, along with other running magazines and

books.
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By Randy Given on September 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a decent book. I nearly gave it four stars (see following), but it does many things well. Some may knock the book because it has few bells and whistles (i.e., gear and gizmos). However, anyone that has run for a long time will tell you most of the same things that this book does.

I was slightly disappointed that all the photos were "eye pleasing". Looks more like a magazine of female models for TV spots than the typical healthy runner. In some ways, I prefer the old style of James Fixx in the original "Complete Book of Running" (not Runner's World).

There are almost no shoes shown, which is the most important of equipment. This is good. What is shown is the proper way to size your shoes and reinforcing that a runner should stick with what works for that runner and not chase after fads.

The nutritional and healthy lifestyle information is excellent. There are things that a more advanced runner may want to see, but this is an excellent start.
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Format: Hardcover
Runner's World has been such a rich source of good reading forrunners that I was somewhat surprised by how ordinary this book is.That the book is a collection of articles from past issues of the Runner's World monthly magazine shows: the book "feels" disjointed. To the editor's credit, it is evident that he has tried, with his comments, to thread all the chapters (read "articles") together, but there still seems to be something missing. If you are a newcomer to running and needs a good first book on running, "The Runner's Handbook" will be a better choice. If you are already a serious runner, you are better off subscribing (or re-subscribing) to the Runner's World monthly magazine.
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