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Run faster, run smarter with the latest advice from the pros at runner’s world.

The sport of running is ever changing, be it the shoes we wear or the goals we set, the training methods we use or the role models we emulate. But there is one constant: For 40 years, Runner’s World magazine has been recognized worldwide as the leading authority on running. Now the collective wisdom of the most savvy running writers, coaches, and editors can be found in Runner’s World Complete Book of Running. Whether you are a beginner or veteran runner, here is advice - both timeless and cutting-edge - guaranteed to maximize your performance and enjoyment. Inside you’ll find in-depth coverage of training and racing including:

  • A surefire plan to get beginners hooked on running
  • 15 surprising foods to boost your running performance
  • A proven plan to increase speed by training less
  • Tips from triathletes to maximize your training efficiency
  • A woman’s encyclopedia of running
  • The big five running injuries and how to prevent them
  • An innovative running plan for weight-loss
  • Cross-training exercises that strengthen your core
  • How to train for your first half-marathon
  • Mental training tips for running a smart marathon

Packed with valuable advice from running’s top experts on everything from building strength, speed, and endurance to nutrition and injury-prevention, Runner’s World Complete Book of Running is the audiobook you’ll turn to again and again to answer all of your running questions.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Old and out sated. Don't wast your time.

This is really old work and most of this should have been updated by now but hasn't been. I got an hour or so in but it was quite bland and so much incorrect info I stopped it.

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  • Shawn
  • 11-09-2015

A cheap way to make an audiobook...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book is a compilation of articles taken from Runner's World magazine. The good thing is that there is a lot of good information contained in all of the articles that are read. The downside, though, is that it lacks a cohesive nature. As you would expect, articles written by different authors contain different content and are relaying that author's particular style/method/best practices. Unfortunately, these do not always mesh with one another (conflicts across articles) and when they do, you listen to the same content repeatedly (repetition across articles). I was hoping for a good detailed immersion into running. That detail is definitely there, but you have to pick it out from the repetition and conflicts.

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  • Sunil Mumbai
  • 06-01-2016

Great comprehensive book for running beginners

I've been an occasional runner for a couple of years but recently started taking up the exercise seriously. Was looking for a good tutorial to coach myself in spare time and came across this audible book.
This is quite comprehensive covering diverse topics like running techniques, diet, clothing, choosing the right shoe, safety and injuries etc. Have seen a good improvement in my own performance while I was reading the book (went from 2k to 5k endurance within a couple of months). Highly recommended for all beginners.

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  • Cynthia
  • 03-07-2016

There's no reason to fear starting lines.

I agonized over getting this book. No, it wasn't because I'd be using a precious credit - it's Audible, and they've got a "no questions asked" return policy. It was because I was halfway through a 12 week 1/2 marathon training schedule - after resuming running a few months earlier after a 30 year break. (I was busy?) I was having a really rough time of it. I worried that instead of helping, "Runner's World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness and Competition" (2014, Amby Burfoot, Editor) would make me realize I'd hopelessly bolloxed things and wouldn't be able to fix them in time. Fortunately, that isn't what happened.

"Complete Book of Running" is a collection of stories from "Runner's World" magazine (1966 - present), each followed by "Amby Burfoot's Running Roundup". The first, most immediately helpful piece of advice I got was to slow down, and not to a specific speed - but to a speed I was comfortable running at and I could sustain. The second - more is often not better. In the quest to be able to run 13.1 miles, I was running too far, too often and breaking down muscle faster than it could be rebuilt. I got some very important advice on proper pre-run and race hydration and nutrition and thankfully, stopped getting queasy when I ran.

There was a whole lot more to it, of course, including things I hadn't thought of - like I'll need to replace my running shoes a lot more than I knew. There were several chapters on preventing injuries I hope never to have. I even ended up feeling better about 3 decades of inertia - it's probably why I don't have condromalacia, which is a softening of the cartilage in the knee that happens with overuse. The important thing is I got going and I kept going, and I'm having fun.

Because the book is a collection of articles, it does get repetitive. I quickly learned to listen to the title of an article at the beginning of an Audible chapter and decide if I wanted to listen to it then, or go onto skip to something else. I did eventually listen to all of it, just not in order. I've also listened to several chapters again - in particular, the chapters on preparing for a half marathon and the chapter on speed work.

Did it help? Well, A couple of weeks ago I ran a 15k as a training race and was first in my age group for women - woo hoo! I didn't end up running the half marathon I'd planned, though. 5,000 acres of the San Gabriel's burned a few days before the inaugural 626 Train Run Half Marathon, and the massive amount of soot and smoke that gave the air a gritty texture made the AQMD request the organizers reschedule. Instead, I ran a 5k In one of the beach cities. I came in 181st out of more 1000 runners, and 6th in my age group. So yes, it really did work - and I know when the time comes, I'll be able to run the half marathon.

Burfoot's commentary was a mixed bag - on the one hand, he's really supportive of women runners, enthusiastic about running for everyone, and has some great experience and wisdom to pass on; but on the other hand, I heard about his own dauntingly awesome running career and apple butter one too many times. (Apple butter is made of reduced apples and a lot of sugar, and looks and spreads a lot like peanut butter. Looks good, but never, ever eat it anytime close to a big race.)

Some of the advice was a bit dated - it's 2016, and there are some really great smart phone apps. And Fitbit? Let's just say it's the solitary runner's best pacer.

The title of this review is from a Burfoot quote, "Running has taught me, perhaps more than anything else, that there's no reason to fear starting lines... or other new beginnings."

The narration - well, it was kind of mechanical.

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  • Greg Rankin
  • 01-03-2015

Good overall look at running

really enjoyed hearing the big picture of running and got some great workout and nutrition ideas that have already been put into practice.

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  • B
  • 20-06-2017

Attached PDF's were missing! HELP

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If I had access to the supporting PDF's

Any additional comments?

HELP - I'd really like to have the supporting PDF's. The PDF available was for another book. Help

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  • Sasha454
  • 20-05-2015

Amazing!!!

Loved it! Appreciated the in depth guide. all of the information was well written, interesting, and easy to follow. Very motivating!

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  • Sorasak
  • 19-09-2018

Good but a bit out of date

Who still listens to “tapes” on their runs? I lost my Walkman ages ago. Who doesn’t use an app to track their runs nowadays? If it’s not on Strava it doesn’t count. While this book provides some good basic info, it could really use an update as a lot of the info has changed - even the run specific info such as this book advising to never train on an empty stomach (lots of new research regarding “fasted training” and EPOC after High Intensity Interval Training)

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  • Brice E
  • 30-01-2018

great information missing complete reference guide

I really enjoyed this book. There are many references to the incomplete downloadable pdf. The one available on the audible product page is not complete. I really want that PDF

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  • Ian
  • 22-08-2017

Terrible information

Seemed very dated information and the medical info was total rubbish (non scientific). The quiz was a joke with the chapter after it contradicting the answers given. References to Lance Armstrong and how he did so well are clearly naive. Not recommended.

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  • Jeff
  • 21-06-2017

better then i expected

this turned out to be a surprise book. i love all running books but wasn't too sure about this book. it turned out to be very informative and kept my attention throughout. If you like running books you will probably like this one too

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  • J
  • 16-06-2015

BETTER THAN EXPECTED AS AN AUDIBLE BOOK

I was in two minds about whether this sort of book was suited to audio but decided to give it a try (so easy when you know it can be returned if necessary!). I really enjoyed listening to it, obviously some parts were a bit boring to listen to because they really needed to be read (like statistics and training programs). I listened when I was walking home after a run or when I was on the treadmill. I learnt loads about all aspects of running, nutrition etc and have even bought a paperback copy to compliment the audio one. I doubt if I'd of read the whole paperback copy - just used it for reference so I'm pleased I got the audio version first. It was well read and (in most parts) easy to listen too.
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  • @Muirend
  • 16-09-2016

Motivational

As someone who has only recently taken up running, I found this an excellent guide through my early stages. It's one I'll keep going back to.

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  • Rebecca Myers
  • 22-07-2015

Useful and interesting

Would you consider the audio edition of Runner's World Complete Book of Running to be better than the print version?

Yes, because I can listen to it when I'm running :)

What other book might you compare Runner's World Complete Book of Running to, and why?

'Born To Run', Christopher McDougle, although this is more factual and less 'story' driven. I enjoyed both books but for different reasons. I also thought reading them in the order that I did was a good move. Runner's World was very helpful in terms of encouraging me to look at every aspect of my running and change small things to improve my training. Following on from this with 'Born To Run', an inspiring story with real, useable first hand experiences about running and training, opened my mind to new ideas about running and how far I can push myself.

Have you listened to any of Daniel Thomas May’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, he is clear, which in a non-fiction informative book is the main thing really.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not especially, it's not that sort of book. The articles had varying degrees of usefulness to me, as a female amateur endurance runner, but I could usually glean something useful from each one.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for a book that will give you some great hints and tips about where to start, how to improve or what to eat as a runner then this is the book for you. If you want an inspiring story to help you get motivated then go read 'Born To Run'.

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  • tony
  • 17-10-2019

insightful

insightful listening if you are a runner. great tips, and i learnt a few things to help me

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  • Mr J P Fitzmaurice
  • 16-04-2019

Interesting

This books generally useful. A bit repetitive at times but it is a book about running! I found it interesting to listen too whilst running and quite motivational in bits. There are also lists which do not work as an audiobook, but there you go. Useful if you are looking for a running guide

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  • Miss M Potrykus
  • 27-02-2020

Good guide to running for a newbie

I’ve been a runner for 10 years but have recently torn my calf so it was a good read to give me some tips. Although I would say the book is mainly for people who are going to start running for the first time but still I enjoyed it. The book does contradict itself at times saying don’t ever run with earphones for safety and then another chapter tells you to run with earphones and gives song suggestions for your mix. Overall a good read and Amby is great!

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  • mkp
  • 21-09-2019

Repetitive, dull and little help

The narrators voice gets very annoying and subjects are repeated a lot. Lots of things not covered that feature in other books.

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  • DAN LEADBEATER
  • 19-09-2019

painful and dated

If you want to be bored to death with dated obvious advice this is the book for you

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  • Mestevens1970
  • 22-06-2019

Great and enlightening

A very informative running book jam packed with good info and running tips plus a PDF with training splits and stretch exercises. Highly recommend.

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  • Mark
  • 21-07-2015

Poor quality PDF

Where does Runner's World Complete Book of Running rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The downloadable PDF is incomplete and of little use.Apart from this issue, the book made for a good listen.


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