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Running for Health and Happiness: The Beginner's Guide to Faster, Pain-Free Running by [Fitzgerald, Jason]
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  • File Size: 3577 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 23, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014ECP932
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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For the purposes of this brief review I'd like to call myself an advanced beginner runner. I've been running a little shy of a year and have done Jason's Injury Prevention and Boot Camp Programs. I'm a beginner but for the purposes of this book I'm a little past the defined starting points, have already raced etc.

The price for starters is absolutely fantastic. You can't get a quality read for that kind of money very often. Worth every penny easily

The book is laid out well and the information is conveyed in very plain non technical language. He made the book non scary for a new runner. I learned a good bit and got refreshed on a bunch of stuff I've already learned. I think this would be a great alternative to the many 5K phone apps out there that are just cookie cutter copies of the same thing and don't teach you the value of staying healthy to run again tomorrow.

There were 2 items that in my eyes would have made this a 5. First off would be a running terms glossary. There were a lot of terms introduced that for most new runners would be foreign to them. A nice place to bunch them all together with an explanation for each would be valuable.

The other point is personal to my training. There was an explanation for a beginning runner to increase mileage and days. There was also a mention of how a more intermediate runner might increase their mileage. I'm a runner who runs 4 days a week already and is approaching 20 miles. I was hoping for some clear guidance on building my own mileage. I'm not really sure I gained a clear plan from this.

Aside from those 2 minor items I noted, I loved this book and think it's an excellent purchase for a beginning runner or slightly more experienced. I won't be able to gauge the value for a more experienced runner until I become one.

Good job Jason!!
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I can't imagine getting any more value for my money, what a bargain at any price! The book is absolutely packed with information that is applicable to all level of runners. If you are new and starting out get this, read it and FOLLOW the advice! If you are more experienced you will find a wealth of knowledge you may have heard and like me probably aren't following (and SHOULD be!).

I have been following Jason's website and have purchased several of his offerings. I have been running seriously for 6 years so I feel I am past the beginner stage. At first I was thinking the book was just for beginners with little to offer more advanced runners. Then I started to digest the content, especially when I got to training age in chapter 3.

I went back and started re-reading the book with a more open mind and was reminded of many MANY things I have not been doing at all and more that I have not been doing correctly. As I read with the mindset of learning (or reminding myself of the foundational things that MUST be kept up to be successful) the book truly showed the talent of Jason and his dedication to helping ALL runners.

In addition to the book content there is even more Jason makes available with links and resources that you can instantly access while reading (if you are reading it online of course) and the extra content adds to the book without distraction again pointing to the care and thought put into the overall book. Of course it is structured well taking you from getting started all the way through racing and recovery (more of those things I haven't been doing as I should) to the wrap up of boiling it down to the essence of his 3 pillars.

I would HIGHLY recommend investing in this book if you are thinking of starting to run, and especially so to those that are runners to check where you are and correct, relearn, and see new ideas you may not use or know.
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A very easy, but comprehensive read on the all principles for becoming a stronger runner. I have been following Jason Fitzgerald's running blog for a couple of years for tips on being a better runner. This book encapsulates a lot of his Strength Running website philosophy, with no nonsense straight up advice on do's and don't s. In particular I like chapters 5 and 6 on gym strength and cross training, which most new runners and experienced runners tend to avoid. I have learned that you can't avoid them if you want to get better. You don't get faster if your always in rehab!
A quick entertaining read for being a healthier runner.
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This is a book I wish I would have had when I was a true beginner. I'm an advanced runner based on my training age of 8, but I've never felt like I was a strong enough runner to call myself advanced and I don't feel that I have come close to hitting my true potential. I was too eager as a beginner and intermediate had to learn the hard way by making a lot of the common running mistakes Jason mentions in this book. As a result, I have been sidelined by several knee injuries in the last few years and now I feel that it's time to start again...but this time the right way.

Jason's advice for beginners is based on building a strong fitness foundation so one can run healthy and injury free for the long term and enjoy a lifetime of running. Many beginners make the common mistakes like I did of enthusiastically rushing in to running too much, too soon and not paying proper attention to the little things, such as dynamic stretching and strength training, which will only get them so far. Jason's philosophy takes time, patience, and consistency to get to one's true running potential. It's not for someone who wants to go from couch potato to marathon in a few months, then sporadically run off and on, quit, or be forced out by injuries.

This book is a great introduction to Jason's Strength Running philosophy, written simply and to the point with actionable advice not only for the beginning runner, but it also covers intermediate and advanced training techniques, such as proper mileage increases (forget 10%) and examples of appropriate workouts and strength training for many different levels (training ages). This is a quick read, well organized, and covers the basics of what strength running as a whole has to offer.
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