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1.0 out of 5 starsNot worth it
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2019
Very basic info you can find anywhere. Run plans are one run per week! Lol! Can't even imagine training like that.
This was the worst book I have ever read. He says the same thing over and over, page after page. No real science to his program. The running plan at the end of the book is ridiculous. He suggests running ONE day per week. Complete waste of paper. Glad I bought the Kindle version so I didnt kill any trees.
I am hardly a marathon runner, and I run only 2 or 3 miles every other day. However, following the guidelines in this book has helped give me more energy, and I feel better when I run! I have more energy, and believe I WILL be running longer distances in the future. Easy to read book that gets right to the point.
5.0 out of 5 starsMost amazing & natural way to fuel your body and running.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 26, 2019
Prior to signing up for and training for an ultramarathon (50 miles) I had been on a fasting lifestyle and the idea of mainstream endurance running fuelling with tons of carbs/sugars really worried me. I didn't know how to take some of the principles of my fasting lifestyle and translate that into a routine/ritual for long distance runs. That is until I came across this author's blog. What Michael teaches resonated with me and I purchased this book to get all the detail. I now regularly run fasted and rely on burning fat/bodyfat in training runs that last 30 miles. I supplement with some coconut water as Michael outlines in the book, and that really helps when you have an intense hill to run up. All in all, the shift to use bodyfat as the primary fuel source is amazing, you don't have to worry about the dreaded "bonk", no diarrhoea or gastro intestinal issues from cramming gels or carbs during the run, and no swelling or inflammation issues around my joints (feet & ankles) which i had from all the intense carb loads (the recovery is amazing, within a day after doing 30 miles, my legs feel good enough to run again)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 21, 2019
You're probably already curious about the subject if you buy this book and like me were already experimenting with fat fueled running. After reading this book I felt I'd had things clarified by an expert. I pushed my distances on an empty stomach further and further and have since completed a 20 mile run ending it 12hrs into a fast and 50 mile ultra were I didn't take on any fluids or fuel for the first 18 miles. This method works for me and I'd highly recommend the book.
It takes a lot more than a bit of dedication and lunacy to want to run really long distances and anything that makes it easier on your body is worth a shot. I haven’t gone all the way yet with cutting out certain food groups but the changes I have made, I feel have been worth the effort. Still work in progress for me but I’m very happy to recommend this book as an alternative way to fuel your runs, or not as the case may be!