The Competitive Runner's Handbook

Serious recreation runners won’t find a better book

So the book is a little long, and at times a little wordy. But it’s jam packed with excellent, up-to-date, useful information. I have a library of 20 running books and I’ve read them all. But this is the one I keep coming back to. I’ve dog-eared key pages, underlined key passages, and colored edges of key pages that I keep coming back to.

This book gives me the how, where, and why for training for the various road races I run, especially marathons. I’ve completely read and thoroughly studied marathon books by Daniels, by Bakoulis Bloch, by Pfitzinger and Douglas, by Hidgon, as well as older marathoning books by Henderson, by Bloom, and by others. I enjoyed every last one of them. I recommend them all (especially Hidgon’s “Marathon:The Ultimate Training Guide.”

But I keep coming back to Glover for specifics of tempo runs, interval training, hill work, and easy-to-adapt marathon training schedules.

I keep coming back to Glover to set goals for 5K, 10K, and marathon as I progress in my running and as I get older. (I’ve been running since 1978.)

If you just want a fun, informative book about running and low-key racing, buy “Better Runs” by Joe Henderson or some similar book. But if you’re serious about training and racing, Glover’s book is a must.

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