The Ultimate Beginner’s Running Guide Book Review

When I was contacted by Ryan Roberts to read and review his book on beginner running I wasn’t sure what I would get out of it.  I’m not exactly a beginner, right?  Well, I very much enjoyed the book.  It was a nice reminder/refresher on many things.

the cover on the amazon site so you know what to look for

I will say, the book is PERFECT for beginner runners.  I get that question often, “How do I start running?” and “How did you start running?”  Looking back,  my way was by no means normal or smart.  I was just kind of winging it.  Ryan’s book really breaks down every little detail for you-but in a short-and-sweet kind of way.

I loved what Ryan says in the introduction:

As beginning runners we can become so caught up in the details of the sport and getting ready to exercise that we forget that all we really need are a pair of sneakers and some open group to run across.  The term running as “sport” is used very loosely-running is also a hobby, a way to meditate, or a simple way to achieve goals without videos, programs, or expensive gym memberships.  There are three major things to remember, which will be repeated through this book: Use a running journal, either online or paper copy; find a good running club or running mentor, either online or in person; keep running and training as simple as possible.

All very true.  As much as I love my bling and racing the states; running is my hobby, my goal keeper, and a way to let it all go.  And I can tell you that I do use a journal (dailymile), I have TNT and yall as my running club/mentor and I do my best to keep it simple. :)

The book is only 5 chapters and is easy to read.  I think that for beginner runners, the first chapter is key.  It goes into detail on form, footwear, stretching, heart rates and breathing (to name a few).  That is the kind of stuff I usually get asked about the most and I think the book goes into more detail than I can usually give someone.

For seasoned runners, I found the reminders on nutrition and injuries very helpful.  I tend to slack off more than I should on my “proper” fueling and it was nice to get a refresher.

All in all, a great and easy read for runners.  Best news of all??  It’s really inexpensive.  It’s $4.99 on Amazon and if you are an Amazon Prime member, it’s free!

This book was given to me but the review and opinions are all mine. 

About the author

Elizabeth

View all posts

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *