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"Dr. Maharam's new book is the perfect instruction manual for both die-hard runners and the rest of us. Running Doc's Guide to Healthy Running serves as a portable doctor on your bookshelf, ready to use at any time." -- New York Daily News

"Running Doc's Guide to Healthy Running allows you to learn about your body, how to avoid and fix injuries and be pain-free. The Injury Manual 101 section is particularly helpful. No more Googling remedies for your ailments." -- USA Triathlon Life magazine

"A comprehensive, illustrated guide to running injuries and how to prevent them." -- Denver Post

"The Doc writes in an easy- to-read style about why running is good for us and how to keep from getting injured, ill or worse… The section on injuries is superb with great illustrations." -- Run Britain

"If you've got a sports injury, Dr. Maharam is the go-to doctor and his book is the go-to resource for patients and doctors." -- Steven Van Camp, MD, FACSM, former president of the American College of Sports Medicine

"Dr. Maharam is at the forefront of exercise-related medical issues in the U.S. and around the world. In his work as a marathon race director, he has done much to make the sport of distance running safer and more enjoyable for hundreds of thousands of runners." -- Amby Burfoot, Runner's World magazine

"When runners get hurt, they fly to Dr. Maharam!" -- Meb Keflezighi, 2009 New York City Marathon winner and 2004 Olympic silver medalist

"Dr. Maharam is the definitive medical resource for the running and walking industry." -- Jenny Hadfield, running coach and columnist for Runner's World and Health magazines and author of Running for Mortals

"Dr. Maharam is, simply put, the most knowledgeable and articulate medical professional in the world of endurance athletics. He delivers his advice with the unique combination of solid medical opinion and common sense advice." -- John "The Penguin" Bingham, running columnist and author of An Accidental Athlete

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"Like having a personal doctor who is also a good friend sit down at your side and explain what's going on and what to do."  -- Frank Shorter, Olympic marathon gold medalist

The most trusted doctor in running explains what's wrong and how to fix it.

Got a running injury? You're not alone. Every year, nearly half of America's 44 million runners suffer injuries severe enough to bring them to a halt.

But you don't have to sit on the sidelines. Running Doc €ž ¢--better known as Lewis G. Maharam, MD--will get you up and running again. From head to toenails, Running Doc's Guide to Healthy Running is a comprehensive manual for running injuries and preventive care. The lively text not only covers treatment for what ails you but also delivers expert advice on the best way to prepare for running events of all types and distances.

If you're already injured, Running Doc will help you diagnose, treat, and recover to run pain-free. If you're looking for better ways to train and prepare for a race, this profusely illustrated guide will help you every step of the way.

Stay healthy. Run smart. And when aches and pains crop up, trust Running Doc to get you back on your feet.

"When runners get hurt, they fly to Dr. Maharam!"  -- Meb Keflezighi, Winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon

Lewis G. Maharam, MD, is one of the world's most extensively credentialed and well-known running health experts. He is the medical director of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series and former medical director of the New York Road Runners club and the New York City Marathon. A frequent guest on World News Tonight, Today, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, CNN , and Fox News, he writes the popular Running Doc column for Competitor magazine.

Fully illustrated

Covers all common injuries

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030684
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy-to-read, well-organized, and packed with great, practical info, this is a book I'm grateful to have read and now to have on my shelf as a resource. The first two sections contain a lot of helpful advice for folks like me who have an athletic background but are new to running and, in particular, marathon training. These sections provide useful training and racing tips (e.g., how much water to drink) and also bring up important points that wouldn't have occurred to me to even think about (e.g., the physiological importance of walking for 5-10 minutes after finishing a long run/race). The third section on injury prevention and treatment likewise provides a great deal of useful advice, both in answer to questions I had and also in response to questions I wouldn't have thought to ask. The fourth section on injury identification and treatment/prevention has been helpful to me in identifying my "runner's knee" pains and, importantly, in guiding me to quad-strengthening exercises to heal and prevent the return of this injury. Because this section is thorough and easy-to-understand, I expect it would be helpful to people with various other symptoms/injuries. Further, while the book mentions many potential injuries from running, it is written in a positive, encouraging manner that had me constantly wanting to go get up and run. A great find!
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Two weeks after I got the book, I started developing a pain on the side of my hip. I checked it out and found out I probably had trochanteric bursitis. By using the stretches regularly, am now pain free.I've used several of the other stretches for various trouble spots and I feel much better. Highly recommend this book, especially if you tend to be injury prone!!!!
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I've been involved in running for 40 years from both sides of the sport: health care provider and runner. Dr. Maharam's book is the best book I've seen on the medical aspects of running which is geared to the runner. There is great information on how to run safely. He also presents the common health problems that runners have and how to treat and prevent them. Finally the section called Injury Manual 101 will help runners either fix their own problems or determine if their own doctor is doing what's best. For example there is such a tendency for those who do not keep up with the best information to use cortisone shots to treat many running injuries and Dr. Maharam makes a point of letting the reader know when cortisone is commonly but inappropriately used. The book is so good that new doctors should get this to book to learn how to diagnose, treat and prevent the common injuries that runners get. This book will be a classic that every runner novice and experienced will want in their library.
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As the old joke goes, the physician's response is "well, stop doing that"! I guess my expectations were a bit high. The book yields brief technical medical explanations for a number of running maladies, though not exhaustive, and provides the traditional treatment alternatives in very high level terms. Let me summarize; rest, ice, orthotics/motion control, and/or surgery. Not as much on causes or corrections, like running form and gait,as I would have thought.
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I would definitely recommend this to any runner who has ever had an injury or strain or ache or pain. very well laid out, excellent guide for walkers, joggers, runners at any level. I especially like the no-nonsense attitude to health, healing and staying injury free. I used the dr's recommendations for dealing with piriformis pain in the butt for the past month or so, and I just completed the San Francisco rock n roll half marathon (damn hills!!!) - now I'm slow - last two years was averaging a 17 min mile pace on flat terrain... this year I did 13.2 miles of mostly hills (even crossing the golden gate bridge was uphill! WTH??) averaging 16.36... it may not mean much to anyone else, but that was a big accomplishment for me. My next run is San Diego, which is all flat, so my goal is to complete it under 3:30... the hydration tips for "GOO haters" was excellent... I carried my little salt packs with me and they worked like a charm... this has become my new bible for staying injury free and finishing strong.
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I think this book is very informative for anyone that deals with problem injuries from running. My only critique is that it really emphasizes orthotics as an end all be all, which doesn't necessarily jive with alot of the other information out there. Despite that, it's a great tool for long distance runners.
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I read this book cover to cover in a day and a half. I was informative and very interesting. If you are a runner or merely aspire to be one someday, you need this book. It breaks down all the issues that runners face. From training smarter, to post racing walk-out, to when and if runners should donate blood to a blood bank, and everything in between. I also loved all the strengthening and stretching exercises illustrated in the book. I've wondered about how to correctly stretch a tight IT band and how to strengthen my quads without putting excess strain on my runners knees. Well, on pages 152,156 & 157 I got some very great answers! I highly recommend this book to those who run and those who want to extend their running careers and longevity. A sound investment.
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