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Run for Your Life

How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy
Narrated by: Mark Cucuzzella
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The first running book by a leading pioneering running doctor and athlete, creator of the Air Force's Efficient Running program - the result of more than three decades of study, practice, and science that shows us in clearly illustrated and accessible text how easy it is to run efficiently and injury-free, whether you're in your 20s, 60s, or 70s - for beginning runners and experienced marathoners.

In Run for Your Life, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella explains the simple mechanics of how our bodies have evolved and adapted to run. Despite our natural ability and our human need to run, each year more than half of all runners suffer injuries. Pain and discouragement inevitably follow. Cucuzzella's book outlines the proven, practical techniques to avoid injury and reach the goal of personal fitness and overall health.   

His book - the first running book to be written by a professor of medicine with the credibility of the Air Force behind him - gives us a straightforward, easy-to-follow look at the anatomy, biomechanics, nutrition, and/or clinical medicine with clear drawings and black-and-white photographs. The audiobook provides illustrated exercises (available on the bonus PDF) designed to teach healthy running, along with simple progressions, a weekly/monthly schedule detailing common mistakes, and cautions that allow the listener to tailor the training regime to individual needs and abilities.  

Mark Cucuzzella will donate his proceeds to support his community work through his nonprofit organization, Eastern Area Health Education Center/Freedoms Run. Learn more here: http://freedomsrun.org/CommunityGrant.aspx.

Includes a bonus PDF with graphs, diagrams, training plans, and illustrations.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Mark Cucuzzella (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“A fantastic repositioning of how to run, and of what makes running fun and healthy (they can be one and the same). True to the Hippocratic oath, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella takes back the paradigm of running that has been fostered by major shoe companies and mass media, and he recalibrates it with the runner’s best interests at heart.” (Joe Puleo, Coach of the Marine Corps Running Team and author of Running Anatomy)

“The principles outlined in this book were transformational. Not only did I run faster and better, but I was able to complete my third marathon pain-free. Most important, I felt the joy of running, and that's the type of joy anyone who runs - either around the block or 100 miles - should have the chance to feel. Reading Dr. Cucuzzella's book will help you get there.” (Mike Plunkett, MisFits Columnist, The Washington Post)

“Dr. Cucuzzella has long been a leading mind when it comes to healthy running and healthy living. He understands the comprehensive physiology behind the simple act of running, but he has also mastered the art of applying both science and passion to help runners understand how to maximize their strength, endurance, fitness, and enjoyment in a healthy, sustainable way. He’s an authentic source of information and enthusiasm amid a turbulent sea of flashy trends and biased product marketers. I expect Run for Your Life to become one of the leading running books of this era and to serve as a guiding light to runners of all abilities.” (Brian Metzler, Former Editor-in-Chief, Competitor magazine; Founding Editor, Trail Runner magazine; co-author of Natural Running and Run Like a Champion)

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Great book!

Its refreshing hearing a MD talk about nutrition and exercise this way. There's a lot of useful information for runners and for anyone wanting to know about healthy living in general.

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Excellent book

I loved it, it presented running as a free run experience and explained how to make that real... he addressed mobility and progression as key.

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  • AMC in WV
  • 26-09-2018

For those who want to run forever

If you hate running, run injured, or stopped running because of an injury, then this book is for you. Dr. Mark's advice worked for my husband and I years ago when we were slaves to wearing custom orthotics. The idea of walking around barefoot seemed impossible as well as the notion that we would be running pain-free again. Through his sound advice (now contained in his book), you can learn proper form, cadence, and strengthening techniques to run pain free for the rest of your life. The pdf's were helpful and I am now using these techniques to keep youth in a Cross Country team from making the same mistakes I made. I highly recommend this book if you want to enjoy running again!

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  • Brian Corbin
  • 20-10-2018

Great info but...

I enjoyed the book very much. Lots of good information. The book references the pdf too many times for me. I understand when pictures are referenced but sometimes the information could have been included in the audio. It felt lazy. Overall, however, I would recommend the book.

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  • Bangledorf
  • 18-02-2020

Good Information, but you have to pay a price

I ended up really liking the information in this book, but that was only after I almost chucked it 2 hours in because it was bogged down in the description of endless running drills, which do not translate well to the audio format. I did not know going in that there is very little narrative; it is mostly just information.

I also really really wish the author had not narrated the book. He has a very nasally voice without much inflection that is hard to listen to for hours on end.

If I had it to do over again, I would still purchase this book, but I would buy it in print/kindle format, as it is more of a reference book than an entertainment book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-12-2019

Best guide for running so far

My favorite guide to running. Dr Cucuzzella experienced problems with running at a young age, has gone through various eras of ineffective fixes before evolving to a an injury free running style. He loves running so much that he became a doctor to help other people run properly as the human foot and body were designed to do. He is heaven sent as far as I’m concerned. I’m glad I listened to his book before I participated in my first IRONMAN and now about to embark on an Ultra Marathon event. Invest and listen, you will agree at the end.

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  • Jae
  • 02-11-2019

Best advice

As a running technique teacher I'm constantly dealing with runners who are injured or are sacrificing their health for their running. This book is the antidote. I'm going to recommend it to all my clients. Also, I love that the author reads it!

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  • Jefe
  • 03-10-2019

very worthwhile

This book is not just about running. It is about Fitness in multiple dimensions. It comes with a lot of practical application. Study this if you want to enjoy the journey and destination of wellness and especially if you have the perception that exercise is pain when it should be enjoyed.

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  • Mauricio Safra
  • 25-07-2019

not perfect on audio

I imagine its also not perfect written.

best format is multimedia

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But I found it very helpful.

And the best advice is:

hit the road!!!

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  • Kelsey L
  • 18-07-2019

Training methods based on science and experience

Nice easy "read", giving new thoughts on oldschool marathon training versus actual experienced based and medically proven methods.

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  • dobber64
  • 04-05-2019

A MUST read for runners!

What an amazing, informative and comprehensive book on running. Thank you Dr. Cucuzzella for sharing your bountiful wisdom and supporting a healthy lifestyle for all.

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  • K J
  • 02-05-2019

Bring the fun back into running & movement!

I have been running & racing for decades (38 years) and burned out a year ago after a 10k race. I bought a bike & threw myself into biking for fun. I found joy in every ride until a rainy crash that shook my confidence. In time, I longed for the simplicity of "low equipment" exercise and the benefits, physically & mentally of regular aerobic exercise. Reading this audio book has revived my desire to run, this time for fun. The low carb lifestyle is already been my mode for 8 years but was surprised to find it embraced here. Delighted! I have begun running again!

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  • 27-12-2019

Don’t waste your time or money

Written for infants.
I want my money back, total waste of time and money.
Should be taken off Audible!