The Beginning Runner's Handbook

Reading this book was the best thing I ever did!

One day last April, I went searching for a book to tell me how I could train for a marathon. I had never enjoyed running (I am 42) but was envious that my brother would be running a marathon on his 40th birthday and I got caught up in the excitement and said I wanted to do that too. (I am not a small, petite woman either who started off at a high activity level to begin this program. I had recently lost 45 pounds and was motivated to begin exercising.) By luck, I found this book. I started reading it, finding it informative, motivating and easy to read. The book touches on every aspect of running, such as the psychology of running, fueling the body, stretching, etch. Upon finishing the book, I figured I could do anything for 13 weeks, so I gave it a try. This book has changed my life. The program stated in the book starts you off slowly to increase your strength and stamina. I found it truly amazing how my body readily responded to the small increases that were asked of me each week. It was just enough to challenge me, but not enough to discourage me. I was able to run a 5k after 13 weeks as this book said I would and I have continued running. I plan to run a half marathon in May (a year after starting this program). Running has allowed me to keep the weight off as well as experience other positive physical payoffs such as no pre-menstrual symptoms-(mood swings, bloating, tenderness, short tempered)-all gone. I have recommended this book to many people who have also started this program and are also now runners. If you are searching for a way to easily incorporate an increase in your activity level into your everyday life, I highly recommend this book.

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