This book was no different. I think it's an excellent resource for runners of any level. It is filled with great advice, great basics, and covers a full range of topics. It's very well-written and I love how Mr. Robert explained things in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. I was really very impressed with this book. Additionally, it's a super fast and easy read, so it doesn't linger the way some books can (you know, the ones I start and never finish).
Sure, it is technically geared for beginners and I do think it would be a perfect resource for any beginner. I work with a lady who wants to start running again and asks me all kind of questions on a regular basis. She is so close to biting the bullet, but still has a little bit of resistance. I'm so persuaded by this book, I am sure it will be the perfect tool to get her across that threshold. It has training plans for beginners - active beginners, older beginners, beginner beginners, and beginners who want to lose weight - but it also offers sound running advice in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. For example, his explanation of how stress affects running is possibly the best explanation I have heard to-date in terms of being understandable, straightforward, applicable to how it affects my running (beginner or not), and not overly scientific (aka…I zone out and start skimming). And his explanation of epinephrine and serotonin - again, very relatable for those of us who do not have a scientific background.
This books covers lots of basics from form, nutrition, training, running shoes, injuries, and even running in different climates. All I have to say is after enjoying my "I'll run whatever distance and at whatever pace I want to" training for the past month or so, this book has given me the motivation to start incorporating hills (minimally) in my training on a weekly basis. I knew it was coming and long overdue and this book gave me that little push I needed.
Additionally, what I love about this book is the inspiration Mr. Robert feels and how he is able to communicate his love of running and how it inspires you naturally and simplifies it. It's not gushy or holier-than-thou, but it is honest and basic….what running is in it's true form. It makes me remember why I love to run. For example, he writes:
Perhaps you, too, have marveled at the "fanatics" who run in all kinds of weather and treat their training as if it were a religion. These runners don't necessarily possess special dedication pills, rare ambition genes, and are not particularly self-disciplined; but have found that running enacts the cycle of pleasure and gratification; offering the unique set of internal and external rewards that only running can provide.So if you haven't hopped on over to Amazon yet to buy it, that's good, because Mr. Robert is giving away 3 digital copies! You can access the digital copies from a Kindle or the Kindle app on a phone or laptop. All you need to do is leave a comment and tell me what inspired you to start running or sign up for your first race. Be sure your profile is linked to your email or leave it for me (if I don't already have it). You can enter up till midnight on Saturday, February 2nd.
So tell me (for your chance to win you own digital copy of The Ultimate Beginner's Running Guide: The Key To Running Inspired), what inspired you to start running or sign up for your first race?