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Don't confuse this book with The Complete Book of Running for Women (1999) by former Runner's World managing editor Claire Kowalchik. Now Runner's World has produced its own very comparable guide, written by Scott, running expert and editor in chief of Women Outside magazine. Kowalchik's book has more helpful charts, such as a body-mass index, and a more thorough nutrition section; but both share very similar content, covering the basic nuts and bolts, such as training, racing, proper nutrition, pregnancy, weight loss, and safety. The layout of this title is easier to read, and the use of photos to demonstrate stretching techniques and exercise drills sets it apart. Topical sidebars include "Smart Tips": for instance, after a marathon, drink fluids, get into warm clothes, ease sore muscles with cold water, and don't run for a few weeks. Loyal Runner's World readers will turn to this source for practical, expert advice for women runners at all levels. Brenda Barrera
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Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running: The Best Advice to Get Started, Stay Motivated, Lose Weight, Run Injury-Free, Be Safe, and Train for Any Distance

"Listen to those millions of women runners. Listen to their quiet breaths as they talk in predawn pairs, before the rest of the family wakes --the lessons and questions they share to the rhythm of steady footsteps.

'I never thought I could . . . ' 'I feel so much stronger . . . '

'I'm ready to take on a new challenge . . . '

Women develop a special sorority on the roads. This bond is an understanding based on acceptance, an appreciation of how far they have come, a knowing wink that says how much is yet to be gained. And so they talk and share and grow and run. Singly and in groups, swiftly and slowly, they run." --Dagny Scott

Choose the best clothes and accessories Lose weight permanently Train for any race, from a 5-K to a marathon Run through menopause Deal with self-consciousness and body image BE SAFE WHEREVER YOU RUN Prevent and treat injuries Run during pregnancy Eat for maximum energy --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)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Revised ed. edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594867585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594867583
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am by no means an advanced runner. I run a couple half marathons a year and I average a 9 min/mile pace. This book would have been great years ago when I first started running and training for 5K races. It covers the basics and has some nice pieces on clothing, gear and injuries. I found this book to be comprehensive, but lacking on depth on certain topics, expecially injuries. I think this is a great book for those who are just starting to run or considering their first 5K, 10K and half marathon. However, for those of us who already have miles under our belt and the blisters to prove it, this book may not provide any additional insight that we don't already know.
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This is an awesome book if you're just getting started running. I bought the kindle version, and I might buy the physical book for my sister who is just getting started as a runner. However, that said, I have been running for a few years and I know how to build mileage and do speedwork and run hill repeats. All this book seemed to have to offer was a couple of training schedules and some mild opinions about general runner-related issues. There is nothing revolutionary or helpful in this book for the intermediate runner in my opinion. I sort of regret purchasing it, but it will make a nice gift for my sister.
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I was so looking forward to getting this book. And I was disappointed. It is ok but not quite "a complete book of running" I had taken about 9 months off of running due to pregnancy and was hoping to get motivated again. This book just kind of fell short. I think a "complete book of running" should include some routines, that could help all levels of runners (not just the marathoners that are mentioned) and more specific diet advice. More advice on building endurance etc etc. I think this caters to marathoners and just the novice beginners. I have seen better articles written in fitness magazines!
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I saw an add in Runners World for this book and sent away for it the same day! I had been searching for a motivational women's running book and had no luck finding one, until now! The advice and information provided pertains to both beginners and elite runners, and in my case someone who would like to get in better shape and become a faster runner. It helped to be reminded of just how beneficial running can be both physically as well as mentally. Just to name a few aspects of this book I enjoyed: it provided good advice on how to run and train smart, running programs I can follow without getting discouraged, who (if anyone) to train with, how to set and achieve goals, how to stay motivated and basically how to enjoy one of the easiest, cheapest and rewarding women's sports out there! Another one of my favorite aspects thoughout the book were the personal tips and stories the author provided, I can completely relate to some of her experiences and thoughts on running, both funny and serious. I think this book is a great tool for all women runner's to use and I hope other women can benefit from it as much as I have!
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I have always enjoyed the insights in Runners World magazine and Runners World online. The information in this book, on the other hand, is not nearly as open and as diverse. While the book does in fact discuss just about every topic related to women and running, it only presents one viewpoint or solution to each. It gives one way to breathe while running, one way to train for a marathon, one idea of how much and what to consume during the day...

While a good reference, it's both "complete" and incomplete at the same time.
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Although I had been working out for years, my stamina for running was just not there. I researched several running books, and this was by far the best. If you are a beginner, and need the basics, get this book. Age should not be a factor, but as advised-have a physical before you embark on running. I am physically fit, I had never ran, and I did not start until I was 41. There are women who write that they did not even begin until they were in their 60's! The program instructs on how to incorporate running into your workout, starting with as little as 2 minutes! You can do that right? It covers how to choose the right running shoe, how to avoid injury, and what you need to eat in order to maintain stamina for the long haul. Carb's are important here, take note. Dagny covers it all, and speaks from experience. She even covers overcoming the initial "embarassement" of running for the first time, and how to enter your first 5K and finish. I love this book, and still refer to it.
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If you're new to running, I can't recommend this book enough. Not only does it provide helpful and accurate information about which kind of shoes to buy for your foot, it also eases you into the sport so that you don't want to quit or give up. For example, Barrios recommends starting by running for three minute intervals until you can work up to a half an hour. I remember how awesome I felt when I ran for a straight half an hour the first time. I have a tendency to get frustrated with myself and want to quit if I feel like I'm not getting far enough fast enough, but this plan was just right for keeping me on track. She also gives advice for more advanced runners later in the book.
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