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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I've been an occasional runner for a couple of years but recently started taking up the exercise seriously. Was looking for a good tutorial to coach myself in spare time and came across this audible book.
This is quite comprehensive covering diverse topics like running techniques, diet, clothing, choosing the right shoe, safety and injuries etc. Have seen a good improvement in my own performance while I was reading the book (went from 2k to 5k endurance within a couple of months). Highly recommended for all beginners.
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
I agonized over getting this book. No, it wasn't because I'd be using a precious credit - it's Audible, and they've got a "no questions asked" return policy. It was because I was halfway through a 12 week 1/2 marathon training schedule - after resuming running a few months earlier after a 30 year break. (I was busy?) I was having a really rough time of it. I worried that instead of helping, "Runner's World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness and Competition" (2014, Amby Burfoot, Editor) would make me realize I'd hopelessly bolloxed things and wouldn't be able to fix them in time. Fortunately, that isn't what happened.
"Complete Book of Running" is a collection of stories from "Runner's World" magazine (1966 - present), each followed by "Amby Burfoot's Running Roundup". The first, most immediately helpful piece of advice I got was to slow down, and not to a specific speed - but to a speed I was comfortable running at and I could sustain. The second - more is often not better. In the quest to be able to run 13.1 miles, I was running too far, too often and breaking down muscle faster than it could be rebuilt. I got some very important advice on proper pre-run and race hydration and nutrition and thankfully, stopped getting queasy when I ran.
There was a whole lot more to it, of course, including things I hadn't thought of - like I'll need to replace my running shoes a lot more than I knew. There were several chapters on preventing injuries I hope never to have. I even ended up feeling better about 3 decades of inertia - it's probably why I don't have condromalacia, which is a softening of the cartilage in the knee that happens with overuse. The important thing is I got going and I kept going, and I'm having fun.
Because the book is a collection of articles, it does get repetitive. I quickly learned to listen to the title of an article at the beginning of an Audible chapter and decide if I wanted to listen to it then, or go onto skip to something else. I did eventually listen to all of it, just not in order. I've also listened to several chapters again - in particular, the chapters on preparing for a half marathon and the chapter on speed work.
Did it help? Well, A couple of weeks ago I ran a 15k as a training race and was first in my age group for women - woo hoo! I didn't end up running the half marathon I'd planned, though. 5,000 acres of the San Gabriel's burned a few days before the inaugural 626 Train Run Half Marathon, and the massive amount of soot and smoke that gave the air a gritty texture made the AQMD request the organizers reschedule. Instead, I ran a 5k In one of the beach cities. I came in 181st out of more 1000 runners, and 6th in my age group. So yes, it really did work - and I know when the time comes, I'll be able to run the half marathon.
Burfoot's commentary was a mixed bag - on the one hand, he's really supportive of women runners, enthusiastic about running for everyone, and has some great experience and wisdom to pass on; but on the other hand, I heard about his own dauntingly awesome running career and apple butter one too many times. (Apple butter is made of reduced apples and a lot of sugar, and looks and spreads a lot like peanut butter. Looks good, but never, ever eat it anytime close to a big race.)
Some of the advice was a bit dated - it's 2016, and there are some really great smart phone apps. And Fitbit? Let's just say it's the solitary runner's best pacer.
The title of this review is from a Burfoot quote, "Running has taught me, perhaps more than anything else, that there's no reason to fear starting lines... or other new beginnings."
The narration - well, it was kind of mechanical.
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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.
"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.
As someone who has only recently taken up running, I found this an excellent guide through my early stages. It's one I'll keep going back to.
"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.
"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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