The Competitive Runner's Handbook

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 competitive and have the potential to be national class. If you wonder, down to the exact second, what pace you’re running if you finish a 5k (or any other standard race distance) in a given time, there is a detailed chart that gives the answer. The writing style is low key and conversational. The book can either be read cover to cover or you can just as effectively go right to the chapter that’s most relevant to you. I recommend this book without qualification.

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