Last updated: December 8, 2013
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“Competitive running gives your running life a focus. Competition measures progress. You set a goal and accomplish it.”
Bob Glover and Shelly-lynn Florence Glover, authors of The Competitive Runner’s Handbook, know what they’re talking about.
Bob has run competitively for nearly 40 years, coached for 30 years, and completed more than 30 marathons, while Shelly-lynn has raced for more than 20 years and is an exercise physiologist with a master’s degree from Columbia University.
They’ve coauthored several books on running. Clocking in at over 600 pages, The Handbookcovers basic training techniques, gives tips on speed training, and outlines regimens for specific races: short, 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon.
There are also sections on motivation and the mental aspects of competitive running, proper running form, nutrition, dealing with illness and injury, and more. In addition, the book includes many helpful charts.
Straightforward and authoritative, this is a comprehensive reference guide that’s suited to runners of all levels. –Andy Boynton
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“Exercise trends come and go, and one of the ones that went in the late 1990s was the idea of exercising slowly to burn more fat.
The theory was well rooted in exercise science–you burn a higher percentage of fat while exercising slowly and a higher percentage of carbohydrate as you speed up–but not very practical for most people.
If you’re only going to exercise for a half-hour a day, you burn a lot more calories by going fast than slow, regardless of how many of those calories come from fat.
Now Stu Mittleman, probably the foremost advocate of slow exercise, wants to reopen the argument. Slow Burn presents an entire lifestyle plan built around running slowly.
He doesn’t disagree with the idea that you can lose weight faster by training faster; he just thinks it’s too stressful for the body to exercise that way.
Mittleman is one of the most famous long-distance runners in the world, and by long, we’re talking really long: he once ran 571 miles in six days.
So the program he outlines in Slow Burn shows you how to slow down and achieve more–an exercise plan that’s less stressful to your body; a diet plan with less sugar and more healthy, unsaturated fats from fish and olive oil; and some tips about rethinking your everyday life to make it less stressful.
(For example, he advocates the 85 percent rule: try to do everything the right way 85 percent of the time, and don’t knock yourself out over the last 15 percent.) He also peppers the book with theories he’s picked up from various branches of alternative medicine and nutrition–applied kinesiology, reflexology, and eating according to blood type.
Mittleman’s plan isn’t for everyone. Certainly, if you like weight lifting or fast-paced sports like hockey and basketball, you won’t find much to like here.
But if you hate the pressure to always go faster, faster, faster, in life and in exercise, you’ll find that Mittleman is on your side. –Lou Schuler”
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I researched several running books, and this was by far the best. If you are a beginner, and need the basics, get this book.
Age should not be a factor, but as advised-have a physical before you embark on running. I am physically fit, I had never ran, and I did not start until I was 41.
There are women who write that they did not even begin until they were in their 60′s! The program instructs on how to incorporate running into your workout, starting with as little as 2 minutes! You can do that right?
It covers how to choose the right running shoe, how to avoid injury, and what you need to eat in order to maintain stamina for the long haul. Carb’s are important here, take note.
Dagny covers it all, and speaks from experience. She even covers overcoming the initial “embarassement” of running for the first time, and how to enter your first 5K and finish. I love this book, and still refer to it.”
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Each time I started, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I wish I had read this book first – I could’ve saved myself a lot of time, pain, and aggravation.
Bob Glover’s book is inspirational and educational. The techniques and sample running schedules he presents are right on the dot, his information (which he draws from a variety of professional sources) is correct, and his writing style is very entertaining.
Since I’ve started his book I’ve shaved a minute and a half off of my 5k race time, I’m running more often and farther, and my shin splints haven’t acted up in the 8 months I’ve been following his advice.
I’ve also lost 5 pounds (not that I wanted to) and feel terrific.
Originally published in the 1970s when the running craze erupted, the book has been refined and updated to keep it in line with new information on health and nutrition and technological advances in shoe design and clothing.
This book could be the only book you’ll need to enjoy running as a hobby and a sport. It’s that good.”
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John Bingham, “the patron saint of the back of the pack,” commands “The Penguin Brigade” — those thousands of dedicated runners who have learned that the greatest joy in their sport comes not from how fast they go or how thin they become, but from simply having the courage to take the first step.
Now Bingham shares the wisdom that took him from couch potato to columnist for Runner’s World magazine.
No Need for Speed explores both the why and the how of running for the rest of us.
With information both practical (how to find the right running shoes for you, when to enter a race, what to eat before a run) and inspirational (focus on where you are instead of where you want to be, accepting the body you have, the beauty of being realistic about goals), Bingham extends a trusted hand and expert advice to beginners and veterans alike.
John “The Penguin” Bingham writes “The Penguin Chronicles” for Runner’s World magazine, is a regular speaker on the prerace pasta dinner circuit, and teaches the basics of running to adult-onset athletes at his popular Penguin Flight Schools. He lives in Tennessee.
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Working with Brad for the past three years has helped me get much stronger, allowing me to make it to the next level. Thanks to Brad’s training I can now compete with the best in the world every time I race.” —Dathan Ritzenhein, two-time Olympian
“Brad’s training has elevated my running to heights I daydreamed about as a high school kid. Not only is his training innovative, he’s a phenomenal motivator.” —James Carney, 2008 U.S.A. Half-Marathon Champion
“Brad understands the entire training package and all its components better than any coach I’ve worked with, athletically or professionally. Reading this book can help take you to the next level and keep pushing you up as far and fast as you want to go.” —Sarah Toland, former NCAA All-American, U.S.A. National Cross-Country Team member, and Olympic Trials qualifier for the 5,000 and 10,000
“Brad Hudson’s years of personal elite training experience, combined with his wide spectrum of training influences, has catapulted him into a class of American coaching that has typically consisted of archaic, iron-fisted coaching systems. He has the ability and openmindedness to return U.S. distance running to prominence.” —Casey Burchill, 28-minute 10K runner
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Building on the popularity of The Beginning Runner’s Handbook, this practical, easy-to-use guide provides a step-by-step program for running a half or full marathon for the first time.
It shows readers how to get motivated and set realistic goals, choose the proper shoes, eat right, build strength and endurance, and avoid sore muscles and injury.
The book includes tips from elite runners on such subjects as staying motivated when the weather is extreme, running technique, running with a dog, and running partners.
Finally, the book describes strategies for the race, what to expect on race day, and the psychological effects of finishing a half or full marathon.
Most importantly, it includes a full training program designed to ensure that that crucial first race is a winner.
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