Run faster, run smarter with the latest advice from the pros at runner’s world.
The sport of running is ever changing, be it the shoes we wear or the goals we set, the training methods we use or the role models we emulate. But there is one constant: For 40 years, Runner’s World magazine has been recognized worldwide as the leading authority on running. Now the collective wisdom of the most savvy running writers, coaches, and editors can be found in Runner’s World Complete Book of Running. Whether you are a beginner or veteran runner, here is advice - both timeless and cutting-edge - guaranteed to maximize your performance and enjoyment. Inside you’ll find in-depth coverage of training and racing including:
Packed with valuable advice from running’s top experts on everything from building strength, speed, and endurance to nutrition and injury-prevention, Runner’s World Complete Book of Running is the audiobook you’ll turn to again and again to answer all of your running questions.
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really enjoyed hearing the big picture of running and got some great workout and nutrition ideas that have already been put into practice.
This book is a compilation of articles taken from Runner's World magazine. The good thing is that there is a lot of good information contained in all of the articles that are read. The downside, though, is that it lacks a cohesive nature. As you would expect, articles written by different authors contain different content and are relaying that author's particular style/method/best practices. Unfortunately, these do not always mesh with one another (conflicts across articles) and when they do, you listen to the same content repeatedly (repetition across articles). I was hoping for a good detailed immersion into running. That detail is definitely there, but you have to pick it out from the repetition and conflicts.
"Useful and interesting"
Yes, because I can listen to it when I'm running :)
'Born To Run', Christopher McDougle, although this is more factual and less 'story' driven. I enjoyed both books but for different reasons. I also thought reading them in the order that I did was a good move. Runner's World was very helpful in terms of encouraging me to look at every aspect of my running and change small things to improve my training. Following on from this with 'Born To Run', an inspiring story with real, useable first hand experiences about running and training, opened my mind to new ideas about running and how far I can push myself.
No, he is clear, which in a non-fiction informative book is the main thing really.
Not especially, it's not that sort of book. The articles had varying degrees of usefulness to me, as a female amateur endurance runner, but I could usually glean something useful from each one.
If you're looking for a book that will give you some great hints and tips about where to start, how to improve or what to eat as a runner then this is the book for you. If you want an inspiring story to help you get motivated then go read 'Born To Run'.
"Poor quality PDF"
The downloadable PDF is incomplete and of little use.Apart from this issue, the book made for a good listen.
"BETTER THAN EXPECTED AS AN AUDIBLE BOOK"
I was in two minds about whether this sort of book was suited to audio but decided to give it a try (so easy when you know it can be returned if necessary!). I really enjoyed listening to it, obviously some parts were a bit boring to listen to because they really needed to be read (like statistics and training programs). I listened when I was walking home after a run or when I was on the treadmill. I learnt loads about all aspects of running, nutrition etc and have even bought a paperback copy to compliment the audio one. I doubt if I'd of read the whole paperback copy - just used it for reference so I'm pleased I got the audio version first. It was well read and (in most parts) easy to listen too.
"There are much better running books out there"
For logical progression and comprehensive coverage of running topics, look elsewhere.
I found this book to be highly repetitive and didn't cover in depth any of the subjects I was more interested in. Very detailed discussion about nutrition and marathon running, a lot of anecdotes and stories, some pointers for the beginner, but very little for medium - experience runners, who are just looking to improve their times.
Threshold runs, or tempo runs, lactic acid, vo2 max, interval training etc, are mentioned in passing, but without any helpful information added.
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