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!