More and more people are turning to running as a way to lose weight, relieve stress, stay active, gain confidence, and live longer. Because of this, Rodale Inc, the publisher's of Runner's World have put together The Runner's World Big Book of Running for Beginners.
This is not just another "How To" book, oh no! It is definitely a resource for runners and those who are aspiring to become runners. I could have surely benefited from this book when I first started my running journey. Especially the section on Running Terms. Did you know what the term "Athena" refers to during a race? I didn't even know there was such a term.
I had to chuckle as I read the section on Yoga Etiquette! I'm sure we all know someone who has broken a few of these rules!
Even though this book title suggests that it is for beginners, I assure you that every runner, no matter how long they've been out there, will find it helpful in some way.
A few sections of the book include:
1. The Basics: What to wear, pacing, differences in running surfaces, treadmill tips, running with your dog, running with others, running hills, cross training, FAQ about training, running/race etiquette, etc.
2. Become a Runner in 5 Easy Steps: Training Plans, race prep, etc.
3. Motivation: Getting out the door, getting out of a rut, etc.
4/5: Nutrition and Weight Loss: SO MUCH INFO HERE, losing weight and keeping it off, best foods, worst foods, grocery shopping, reading food labels, pre run/post run foods, etc, etc, etc!!!!
6. Run Safe and Injury free: Breathing, stretching, chafing, side stitches, heat, cold/snow, mean dogs, etc.
7. Preventing and Coping with Injuries: Touches on all the most common running injuries.
There are so many cool tips in this book that I wish I could share them all but of course that would make for an awfully long post and you would probably stop reading!
Hopefully I'll be able to fit in a few post here and there. If you are interested in the fabulous book you are in luck because it goes on sale TODAY! You can find it at your favorite bookstore or purchase it directly from Rodale HERE.
About the Authors:
Bart Yasso: Chief Running Officer of Runner's World and author of My Life on the Run.
"If you're lacing up the shoes and heading out the door, your a mentor to others. You may not even notice it, but you are. Maybe a neighbor sees you running and thinks, for the first time, "Hey, maybe I can do this, too" (Quote from the Runner's World Big Book of Running for Beginners)
What was the best piece of running advice you've got from a book or magazine?
*I was provided a complimentary copy of The Runner's World Big Book of Running For Beginners from the great people at Runner's World but all opinions are my own.