A few months ago I decided to go to the library and get a book on running. I wanted to learn about running for my own benefit as well as this blog. To my surprise, The Competitive Runner’s Handbook was the only one on the shelf related to running; and so that is how my decision was made. Your decision to read the book will hopefully have a better basis than mine did!
The Competitive Runner’s Handbook: The Bestselling Guide to Running 5Ks through Marathons is a comprehensive book on the subject of running, and especially competitive running. This book provides great information for those that are considering training for a race, who want to improve their race time or distances. I think that the book is also useful, even if you do not want to train for a race because it discusses many other aspects of running that anyone would benefit from.
The book is over 600 pages, which may seem rather long for a book on running. In fact, when I brought the book home I said to my wife, ‘How much can you really write about running?’. Well, apparently Mr. Glover had no problem with this feat. And, he tackles the subject with a kind of lighthearted and personal way. Though some of the subjects can take a while to develop, the book handles them the best way I think possible.
* Physiology of running and your body
* How to Write a Personalized Training Plan
* Individual training chapters for the 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon
* Running for different gender and age groups
* Runner’s Diet and Nutrition
* Weight Loss for Running
* Cross Training
* Race Day Tips and Strategies
* Prevention and Management of Injuries
* And many more!!!
Good for Skimmers
The nice thing about this book is that it is actually a guidebook, and has been written so that you can easily jump from topic to topic. So for those of you ‘skimmers’, that do not want to read the book cover to cover, you may decide to purchase the book as a reference. Who knows, maybe one day you pull a hamstring and need to know the best treatment, or maybe you want to know what to expect on race day. Either way, it might be nice to have this book on the shelf.
I enjoyed reading this book, have learned a ton about running, and have gotten motivated to race a marathon this year as a result of this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to take their running to the next level, and Run to Win.
What do You Think?
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What did you like, or dislike about The Competitive Running Handbook?
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