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Runner's World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness, and Competition Paperback – December 22, 2009
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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.
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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
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I agree with the reviewers who say this book is "just" a collection of articles, you can find all this same info on the Internet, and there is some contradictory advice. However, for the price, it is nice to have all these great articles in one place in hardcopy. Contradictory advice? Talk to experts in any field and you'll get contracting advice. This reflects that different advice is best for different people and that some experts disagree (e.g. 1 experts says train 6 days a week, another says train 3 days a week). (Experts here meaning trainers, sports doctors, and runners who break world records and win big races).
I would give this 5 stars except for the title may be misleading. The title sounds more encyclopedic but the book is really a nicely organized collection of great articles written over the years by expert trainers, doctors and runners.