The Competitive Runner's Handbook

Lace up you shoes and let’s go!

This is the best and most complete book on running since Jim Fixx’s mammothly successful book 25 years ago. What I like best about the Glover’s book is that it has something in it for every runner, from the casual jogger to an elite marathoner. Each chapter focuses on a special area of the sport: injuries, mileage, women’s running, seniors, masters runners, even children developing into competitive athletes.

The title is instructive: there is an emphasis on competitive running, with the focus primarily in 10K road races to the marathon. Several of the elite and most popular marathons are discussed at length, incuding Boston, L.A., New York and Chicago. There are some useful tips on how to increase your weekly mileage, avoid injury, carbo loading before the race and recovery afterwards. Having completed marathons, I can tell you that it’s easy to do than you think and once you start completing the 26.2 mile courses, you’ll be hooked for as long as your body will hold out.

Running is a joyous activity and one which brings many individual rewards. If you’re a serious, addicted runner, you’ll love this book, but the beginners will also reap great rewards. It’s well-written, fun to read and instructive. Highly recommended.

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