The Runner's Handbook

I can run for 30 consecutive minutes!!!!

I bought this book several months ago, and even though I thought it was fabulous, inspiring, motivating etc, I didn’t review it until I completed at least the beginner’s program.

My father was a runner. When I was about 12, he took me on a run, and I gave up after about 3 minutes, never to don a running shoe again. Fast forward to when I’m 30, and my brother is training for the New York marathon. Well, I think, if he can run a marathon, then surely I can run a 5k. So I go out and run, and again, I don’t survive more than a few minutes.

So I bought this book and my life changed.

The beginner’s program begins with 1 minute of running, 2 minutes of walking, and builds up over 10 weeks until you’re running 20 minutes. It’s wonderful. You don’t have an unreachable goal (running 20 minutes)all at once, but small, very attainable gooals each week. The fact that each week is an accomplishment helps keep the motivation going.

To those who recommend books specifically for women runners, I’m not sure what they can add to this. The Runner’s Handbook covers topics such as menstruation, pregnancy, nursing, women’s apparel etc.

The book covers information about nutrition, cross training, and a plethora of information related to beginer runners. Use as much of it as you want, and file the rest away in the recesses of your brain for later. The authors try their very best not to be judgemental, and not to expect more of you than is realistic.

My only criticism of this book is its cover. I don’t like that the photograph shows the men running in front of the women.

All in all, thanks Coach Glover. I’m running 30 minutes 4-5 times per week for now. Who knows, one day I might even run a marathon!!!

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