Review: Build Your Running Body

BYRB_mech_2pp.inddBuild Your Running Body by Pete Magill, Thomas Schwartz, & Melissa Breyer
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Whether you’re a miler or an ultramarathoner, if you want a fit, fast, and injury-resistant running body, there’s a better way to train than relentlessly pursuing mileage. This easy-to-use workout manual draws on the latest research in running physiology to target all the components that go into every stride—including muscles, connective tissue, cardiovascular fitness, energy production, the nervous system, hormones, and the brain. With the breakthrough whole-body training program in Build Your Running Body, runners will improve their times, run longer and more comfortably, and reduce injury.

This valuable running reference is easily suitable for beginning runners all the way to those with lots of experience under their hydration belts.

I am not a fast runner, nor do I run extremely long distances. However, running is the sport that I love the most. Runners who simply enjoy the activity can relate to this manual (essentially, that’s what this book is) and can find helpful hints about nutrition, gear, and stretches. Racers looking to improve can find just as much information about form, cross-training, and what to do when running loses its spark. The authors never speak down to runners at any level, and they keep the tone light throughout, which can be a difficult task when you’re talking about pace tables and hill repeats.

Readers will learn about the physiology of running, and that is perhaps what will help this book stand the test of time: it is not centered around any one fad; instead, it is based on solid scientific information and the authors cite many studies throughout supporting the ideas presented within.

There is truly something for every runner in these pages — those who are running 4-minute miles and those who are doing their walk-jog intervals faithfully. The book can serve to motivate you to improve in several different areas, or it can reinforce the love you have for simply getting out and running.

If you are interested in learning more about running or want a supportive group to help you get started, call the library at 785-625-9014 and register to join the Couch to 5K 8-week running series.

– Review by Marleah

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