Excellent book for runners new and seasoned
Excellent book for runners new and seasoned
This book contains all the information a beginning runner needs, and is a good reference for intermediate ones such as myself. Glover’s writing style is friendly and inspirational, and the chapter layout makes it easy to find the information you are interested in. Each page is crammed with good advice, and important points are discussed in a concise manner. As noted by another reviewer, some illustrations would be a welcome addition. I’ll be ordering Glover’s “Competitive Runner’s Handbook” as soon as I’ve worked my way through this...
An Excellent Guide to Running
An Excellent Guide to Running
I’ve had this book for years and it is one that I always go back to. Glover covers everything that you need to know. He has a friendly coach-like tone that really encourages me to run. There are sections for beginning and intermediate runners as well advice on how to get into racing and marathons. He also covers nutrition, running shoes and clothing, cross-training, and a whole lot more. This is really the only book you need on...
This will KEEP you running
This will KEEP you running
If you are serious about getting into running or back into it, BUY this book. I was a runner in high school and have been an on-again, off-again runner throughout college. I was missing something to help me stick to it. This book helped me tremendously with all of the tips and training programs provided. I love the book so much I recommended it to a friend and I am going to now buy the competitive runner’s guide. I have owned the book since January and I have been running consistently since then, probably my longest period of consistent running since high school. I highly...
Serious recreation runners won’t find a better book
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...
This book feels like it’s personalized for you
This book feels like it’s personalized for you
Bob Glover and his wife, Shelly, have a style that I find particularly endearing, they write in a manner that makes you feel they are addressing you personally rather than a general readership. Glover seems to know exactly what you would ask if he were your personal coach. He provides training schedules, information on running shoes, nutrition, pre-race nerves, race strategy etc. If you are less competitive and race just to improve your times but not to win races or age groups, there is plenty that speaks to you in this book. Similarly, this book is great if you are highly ...
A Great Reference Book for runners abilities
A Great Reference Book for runners abilities
This book covers everything with regards to training, equipment, nutrition, and crosstraining for everything from running the 5K race to the  marathon. The language is very simple to understand, and provides useful  charts with regards to times in age-class groups, and how they would rank  in a field of runners, from your back of the pack runners to your elite runner. It also accounts for clothing, warming up, cooling down, and everything  imaginable related to running. If you don’t have a coach, or can’t afford one, this is  probably your best alternative in terms...
Returning to Racing?
Returning to Racing?
Let’s forget that this book is a huge bestseller in the running market. Lots of running books are more hype than content, or only regurgatate what last month’s “Runner’s World” has said, and sell just as well. However, “The Competitive Runner’s Handbook” is informative, thorough and engaging. Returning to racing after some fifteen years of basic jogging, I needed a book that took my knowledge seriously. Glover and camp give hard-core, nuts and bolts info. They’ve provided for the various levels of fitness. I’m not going...
Excellent book filled with lots of helpful tips!
Excellent book filled with lots of helpful tips!
This book starts off by breaking runners into categories from Novice to Elite. There are 7 categories (further broken down by age groups and gender), and any recent race time (from 5k all the way to marathon) can be used to help you find out where you fit. Glover explains the different training concepts to help you improve your times. He goes into a lot of detail about all of the important topics. He gives weekly mileage guidelines, talks about maintaining a running base (what % of your weekly mileage should be used as a base), and what paces you should be training at based on your...
Comprehensive guide; great help to beginners
Comprehensive guide; great help to beginners
At first I hesitated before buying this book, but wished I hadn’t waited. In the past I haven’t been too keen on running, but wanted to add it to Taekwondo and some gym work for better fitness. This was the book to buy! It has some great programs for beginners — before you know it, you’re running 20 minutes non-stop and looking at local fun-runs. So far, it’s helped me improve my running times and lose around 27 pounds. This book has put the ‘fun’ into my running, and helps set goals, stay with it and stick to good principles. From running in various...
Recommended for every runner
Recommended for every runner
I laughed today when I saw someone selling their Runner’s Handbook, and thought to myself NEVER. This and the competitive runners guide (start with this one unless you are definitely ready to start racing and run regularly already) are books that I take everywhere with me. I hardly have time for novels anymore between my running and my rereading of these two books and I’ve never been happier. I was until December a consummate couch potato and now I’m running in the New York City Marathon this coming November and I owe it all to Bob and Shelly-Lynne Glover and these books. I...