The Runner's Handbook

A Running Book To Keep

I have had this book for almost a year now, and I can definitely say that it has changed my life. I started out with his beginner’s program, soon found myself participating in a 10K race, and 7 months later, I am still referring to it in preparation for a half marathon. Bob Glover wants running to be fun for you, and clearly states on numerous occasions that if racing is not for you, fine. If the marathon isn’t for you, fine. He encourages people to maintain a basic level and be a “fitness runner.” Beyond that, it can only get better for people who are serious about increasing their mileage, running level, or entering some races. Again, for “fun” more than anything else. Before I read this book, I was an off and on runner, but I have been able to be consistent, along with some cross-training that Glover recommends. The book hasn’t strayed too far from my bedside table because of the wealth of material on a variety of running topics. He has a healthy approach to running that is accessible. To that I say, “Finally!”

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