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JOHN "THE PENGUIN" BINGHAM writes a column for Runner's World magazine and teaches the basics of running to adult-onset athletes. The author of No Need for Speed and coauthor (with Jenny Hadfield) of Marathoning for Mortals, he lives in Chicago.

JENNY HADFIELD, MA, CPT, is a fitness expert who has trained thousands of walkers, run-walkers, and runners of all levels. Her gentle yet uncompromising approach to training combined with her unique insights into the human body and mind will help readers discover their inner long-distance athlete. She lives in Chicago.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594863253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594863257
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a middle-aged man who had slid into sloth I began regular running a few months ago. Shortly after starting I discovered John Bingham's first book The Courage To Start: A Guide To Running for Your Life which echoed and reinforced my reasons for running, provided practical advice and ideals to aspire to in both running and life. It really helped me to get over the initial hurdles and take pride in completing a couple of races. I purchased 'Running for Mortals' looking for guidance in the next steps of my running but found that the bulk of the book is directed at those just starting out or considering doing so.

'Running For Mortals' contains quite a lot of practical information. I was interested in the discussion of the different rates at which your cardiovascular, muscular and skeletal fitness/strength develop and how awareness of this in the early stages can help to prevent injury. The chapter on stretching is well set out and I learned some new exercises (including a stretch to help avoid the dreaded ilio-tibial band syndrome that so many runners complain of). The chapter on strength training is similarly well set out with exercises that don't require costly equipment.

Some basic information is provided to help navigate the confusing world of running shoes but I think it would have been useful to have some discussion about rotating different pairs of shoes. The authors emphasize the value of going to a specialist shop for expert fitting.

The training programs included with the book are well set out and cater for a range of existing fitness levels and running goals.
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....simply because I can't stand reading.

I got this book because it was recomended to me.

I just started to get active again. I, like the author, was aging, overweight, and couldnt play with my kids without getting out of breath.

I started dieting, changing my lifestyle, and running.

The running part, was the hardest part.

This book, explains everything that will happen to your body. Lays it out, it plain terms, and really inspires you once you know what is happening to you, is normal.

I got this about 2 months into my running lifestyle. The first 2 chapters, all I kept saying is, "Woah, THAT'S why my legs hurt when I did this, Ohhhhh, that's why I felt I could go longer, and physically couldn't."

This book is a must have for the beginning runner.

If you are teetering on this, let me break this down honestly.

In Aug 08, I was 283 pounds. Today, 11/13/08 I am 240, and I ran my first 5k this weekend in 29 mins. My blood pressure and cholesterol have dropped DRASTICALLY.

I owe it all to running.
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I've been an on again/off again runner for about 10 years and I've read several books on running over the years. So, I THOUGHT that I knew what I was doing.

After reading through the first half of this book, I came to realization that I really don't know what I'm doing as a runner at all! I wish that this book existed 10 years ago when I first started running - I'd be in much better shape than I am today.

This book is geared for beginning runners, but you might be surprised at what you can learn, even if you've been at it for a while.

Last, this book is fun to read and I'm finding it to be quite inspirational.
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I wanted to get the quote right, so I searched for John “The Penguin” Bingham and found an article that said he had been called the man who ruined running. People like me that believed him when he said the miracle was not that he finished the race, but that he had the courage to start. We are not the kind of people running snobs want on the course.

But millions of us put on our sneakers and headed out and plodded along and entered races. I was terrified when I entered my first race as a middle-aged, overweight individual. But I entered and started. I also finished with some not too embarrassing finishing times.

The book strikes a reasonable balance between telling stories and giving guidance on running. It’s for people who don’t know how to set up a training routine. It gives advice on very rudimentary aspects such as how much water to drink.

The author has been criticized for not being competitive about his running times and not trying to get better times. So he doesn’t fit everyone’s ideas of what a runner should do and want to be. I appreciate that some of us are never going to be at the front of the pack, but that doesn’t mean we have to get off the course and stop trying. I just start at the back of the middle and finish there or maybe move up a little. And this book helped give me the courage to start.
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I've read most all of John Bingham's books and I feel this one is even better than the previous ones. I think Jenny's comments and experience, added with John's make it an all around great book for every runner. Their writing is easy to understand, and relate to. The only runner that might not want to read it, is the elite runner that knows it all anyway :) The rest of us love to read books by people that can relate to the every day runners experience, as well as give us practical advice to become the best we can be. John and Jenny are encouraging and inspiring, and that is evident in this book.
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