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"Listen to those millions of women runners. Listen to their quiet breaths as they talk in predawn pairs, before the rest of the family wakes-- the lessons and questions they share to the rhythm of steady footsteps. 'I never thought I could...' 'I feel so much stronger...' 'I'm ready to take on a new challenge...' Women develop a special sorority on the roads. This bond is a "Listen to those millions of women runners. Listen to their quiet breaths as they talk in predawn pairs, before the rest of the family wakes-- the lessons and questions they share to the rhythm of steady footsteps. 'I never thought I could...' 'I feel so much stronger...' 'I'm ready to take on a new challenge...' Women develop a special sorority on the roads. This bond is an understanding based on acceptance, an appreciation of how far they have come, a knowing wink that says how much is yet to be gained. And so they talk and share and grow-- and run. Singly and in groups, swiftly and slowly, they run." --Dagny Scott Choose the best clothes and accessories * Lose weight permanently * Train for any race, from a 5-K to a marathon * Run through Menopause * Be safe wherever you run * Deal with self-consciousness and body image * Prevent and treat injuries * Run during pregnancy * Eat for maximum energy


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"Listen to those millions of women runners. Listen to their quiet breaths as they talk in predawn pairs, before the rest of the family wakes-- the lessons and questions they share to the rhythm of steady footsteps. 'I never thought I could...' 'I feel so much stronger...' 'I'm ready to take on a new challenge...' Women develop a special sorority on the roads. This bond is a "Listen to those millions of women runners. Listen to their quiet breaths as they talk in predawn pairs, before the rest of the family wakes-- the lessons and questions they share to the rhythm of steady footsteps. 'I never thought I could...' 'I feel so much stronger...' 'I'm ready to take on a new challenge...' Women develop a special sorority on the roads. This bond is an understanding based on acceptance, an appreciation of how far they have come, a knowing wink that says how much is yet to be gained. And so they talk and share and grow-- and run. Singly and in groups, swiftly and slowly, they run." --Dagny Scott Choose the best clothes and accessories * Lose weight permanently * Train for any race, from a 5-K to a marathon * Run through Menopause * Be safe wherever you run * Deal with self-consciousness and body image * Prevent and treat injuries * Run during pregnancy * Eat for maximum energy

30 review for Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running: The Best Advice to Get Started, Stay Motivated, Lose Weight, Run Injury-Free, Be Safe, and Train for Any Distance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hudak

    I'm currently training for a couple of longer races, so I'm trying to get lots of information about race nutrition, training plans, etc. This was certainly a comprehensive book for women runners, and I learned a good amount. There seems to be a bit of a gap, though, in the plans they outline. It seems as though they think you're either a real, raw beginner -- completely new to running -- or else you're trying to run consistent 6- or 7-minute miles. So the training plans they give for, say, half- I'm currently training for a couple of longer races, so I'm trying to get lots of information about race nutrition, training plans, etc. This was certainly a comprehensive book for women runners, and I learned a good amount. There seems to be a bit of a gap, though, in the plans they outline. It seems as though they think you're either a real, raw beginner -- completely new to running -- or else you're trying to run consistent 6- or 7-minute miles. So the training plans they give for, say, half-marathons, all assume you're trying to win or place in your age group. I have been running (and racing) for a couple of years now, but I am NOT a fast runner, and I doubt I ever will be. I'm in training for longer races, but my goal is simply to finish, injury-free. I don't feel as though this book was written for a runner like me, and there were a couple of passages that were even a little insulting (for example, one runner says that she feels like she's been "plodding along" at 9'50" per mile and is feeling a bit down on herself -- whereas for me, that pace is a real achievement!) I also wish I had learned some more useful tips about race nutrition. The author is really a big believer in "a bagel and a banana" and that's sort of the extent of what she recommends for running days. There's a section on energy gels/drinks -- and how they may or may not be palatable -- but there are no suggestions for "real" food alternatives during a race. All that being said, however, there is a LOT of information in this book, and I did flag many pages to look at again as I continue my training.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sara Young

    Keeping in tune and studying something that you love to do so much definitely benefits your attitude about the subject. Occasionally, I get sour about going out and hitting the pavement, especially when it's raining and nasty outside. But after reading a few pages and nodding the entire time in agreement with what the author is saying about running just affirms your passion for it. I would recommend this book for runners of ANY level, not just beginners. Keeping in tune and studying something that you love to do so much definitely benefits your attitude about the subject. Occasionally, I get sour about going out and hitting the pavement, especially when it's raining and nasty outside. But after reading a few pages and nodding the entire time in agreement with what the author is saying about running just affirms your passion for it. I would recommend this book for runners of ANY level, not just beginners.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Colleen ~

    I feel like there is a lot in this book that is over 10 years outdated....it really was not up to date with the latest science re: running form, injury prevention, and nutrition (which is what I was looking for)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily Webb

    Really helpful, great read. I'm not going to follow her training plan exactly, but would recommend the book! Really helpful, great read. I'm not going to follow her training plan exactly, but would recommend the book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Excellent book for beginning runners like myself - it covered just about every running-related topic I could possibly want to read about, and it did so in a very practical, straightforward manner that was easy to read and not annoyingly over-enthusiastic. The book has served as great motivation for me as my excitement about running has begun to taper off since I've started grad school. Lots of great advice about training, stretching, nutrition, and running in different ages and stages of life - Excellent book for beginning runners like myself - it covered just about every running-related topic I could possibly want to read about, and it did so in a very practical, straightforward manner that was easy to read and not annoyingly over-enthusiastic. The book has served as great motivation for me as my excitement about running has begun to taper off since I've started grad school. Lots of great advice about training, stretching, nutrition, and running in different ages and stages of life - I'll keep this one to refer back to as I progress in the sport.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    As a beginning runner, I found this book to be incredibly informative, helpful, and motivating. Not having a background in running, I found that the language was easily to follow, concepts were well explained, and I took away many helpful tips to strengthen my future as a runner. In addition to this, the book is full of personal stories from women runners that provided inspiration and motivation for me along the way.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    For a book with more information than really applied to me, I still read it cover to cover. Even the training plans that I won't be ready for for awhile. But it's inspiring to read the personal anecdotes from amateur as well as professional runners, including the author. For information for young women to older women, this is a pretty handy go-to. My only complaint is that some of the exercise descriptions were a bit confusing, but the pictures helped. For a book with more information than really applied to me, I still read it cover to cover. Even the training plans that I won't be ready for for awhile. But it's inspiring to read the personal anecdotes from amateur as well as professional runners, including the author. For information for young women to older women, this is a pretty handy go-to. My only complaint is that some of the exercise descriptions were a bit confusing, but the pictures helped.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    Research in preparation for my first half. I agree with another reviewer that there are some gaps in the programs. How do you go from a newbie to intermediate trying to break 40 minutes in a 10K? I kept thinking that was a typo, but the same phrase showed up in other parts of the book as well. I may be wrong, but sub-7 minute miles is not realistic for an intermediate...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jelena

    If you are a complete newbie to running, this book will definitely be helpful as it collects all the most commonly asked questions in one place and answers them in a way that every beginner would understand. In sum it's just a comprehensive collection of information that one usually finds in a women's magazine. If you have been running for a while or have some knowledge on running, the book is not very helpful as it offers no scientific information or other in-depth data. But if you are looking If you are a complete newbie to running, this book will definitely be helpful as it collects all the most commonly asked questions in one place and answers them in a way that every beginner would understand. In sum it's just a comprehensive collection of information that one usually finds in a women's magazine. If you have been running for a while or have some knowledge on running, the book is not very helpful as it offers no scientific information or other in-depth data. But if you are looking for a practical everyday guide on issues every runner is concerned about like proper warmup and cool down, stretching, weight training, diet, safety, training log, running gear etc this book will give some useful go-to and easy to implement recommendations.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I bought this as a reward for myself sometime last year in terms of meeting my running goals. I was pretty disappointed. Browsing through it in the store I thought it would be helpful as I started to enroll in more races. Like most other people, once I got to the line "plodding along at a 9 minute mile", I put the book down and never finished it. There is a strange gap of this is for the extremely new beginner to running, and then we speed straight off to breaking time records. Her programs were I bought this as a reward for myself sometime last year in terms of meeting my running goals. I was pretty disappointed. Browsing through it in the store I thought it would be helpful as I started to enroll in more races. Like most other people, once I got to the line "plodding along at a 9 minute mile", I put the book down and never finished it. There is a strange gap of this is for the extremely new beginner to running, and then we speed straight off to breaking time records. Her programs were way too intense and I used absolutely none of them (for the record, I ran the Dopey Challenge at Disney - 48.6 miles - just fine on my own). I'm going to end up putting this on paperbackswap because I really just have no need for this book in the future.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Grazyna Nawrocka

    Quite unexpectedly I fell in love with trail running. I tried to make it on my own, and three times suffered injuries, because I pushed myself too hard. This time I am following a simple program offered by the author. It takes six weeks to be able to run for 30 minutes, but is doable and easy to follow. This book will be a reference for me for a long time, but I haven't read it all. Many parts are still irrelevant to me, like for example marathon running. I enjoy following routines and learning Quite unexpectedly I fell in love with trail running. I tried to make it on my own, and three times suffered injuries, because I pushed myself too hard. This time I am following a simple program offered by the author. It takes six weeks to be able to run for 30 minutes, but is doable and easy to follow. This book will be a reference for me for a long time, but I haven't read it all. Many parts are still irrelevant to me, like for example marathon running. I enjoy following routines and learning more about how to find good shoes, dress up for different conditions and avoid dehydration. I'd recommend this book to any couch potato who want to become more active.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maryanne Wilson

    Unlike some of the other running books, this did touch on some "specific to women" issues (including clothing, pregancy, menopause, etc). I've read another super-great-for-beginners book and it said many of the same things. If I'd been reading the information for the first time, the book would have provided me ALOT of useful information. Since I'd already covered that in the other book, this one served more to reinforce what I read there (never a bad thing to have reinforcement!) Unlike some of the other running books, this did touch on some "specific to women" issues (including clothing, pregancy, menopause, etc). I've read another super-great-for-beginners book and it said many of the same things. If I'd been reading the information for the first time, the book would have provided me ALOT of useful information. Since I'd already covered that in the other book, this one served more to reinforce what I read there (never a bad thing to have reinforcement!)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Excellent resource for beginners; much of the information presented is practical and would alleviate anxiety of a woman new to running. Some of the tips I disagree with...mainly the suggestion that cotton tees are fine for most runs. What?! Get a moisture-wicking tee and you will feel so much better during and after your run.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Theenemytoad

    Comprehensive. I've been a casual runner for at least 15 years and I learned a few things (I skipped the marathon training session). The biggest takeaways for me personally were 1) wear the right shoes and 2) maybe I need to rethink what I'm eating pre-run (fruit & nuts vs. simple carbohydrates). Comprehensive. I've been a casual runner for at least 15 years and I learned a few things (I skipped the marathon training session). The biggest takeaways for me personally were 1) wear the right shoes and 2) maybe I need to rethink what I'm eating pre-run (fruit & nuts vs. simple carbohydrates).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    This was a good overview of running for beginners. I liked reading about the author's own experience with running and wanted to know more about her own story. The tips and technical advice was okay but can easily be found in other blogs and articles about running. This was a good overview of running for beginners. I liked reading about the author's own experience with running and wanted to know more about her own story. The tips and technical advice was okay but can easily be found in other blogs and articles about running.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kvbw17

    Really motivates me to run......I may not run a marathon but I can run with minimal injuries following the knowledge I read about in this book. I am looking forward to progressing my running to better th lose weight and keep fit and healthy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I really enjoy this book. I say "enjoy" due to referring to it over and over. A great resource for runners of every skill level. I really enjoy this book. I say "enjoy" due to referring to it over and over. A great resource for runners of every skill level.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie Newton

    Great source of information--had what I was looking for as a person who can run comfortably and is looking to run more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Renetta Mceachern

    Every year i start with this book to get my running skills up. Easy to take to the road or on a treadmill. If you ever wanna start running this is the book for you.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Found helpful tidbits of information, but feel this book is definitely for a beginner runner just getting started.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Excellent book. Good examples for stretching and strength exercises. I'm getting back into running and this book was very professional and not so full of experiences by the author. Excellent book. Good examples for stretching and strength exercises. I'm getting back into running and this book was very professional and not so full of experiences by the author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Very good well rounded book. I have many sticky tabs and bookmarks in this one!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Elkins

    Great information to help set up my running program for the new year

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    What I like about this book is that it is strangely comforting. I already have 8 books listed on my "Curently Reading" shelf, but always have a couple extra that I keep around and pick up at random without adhering to reading with a specified approach. This is one of those radom "floating" books. Once it became clear I was reaching for it more often than expected, I found it needed to be added to the online list. I originally started skimming this book to get a quick general overview, a few othe What I like about this book is that it is strangely comforting. I already have 8 books listed on my "Curently Reading" shelf, but always have a couple extra that I keep around and pick up at random without adhering to reading with a specified approach. This is one of those radom "floating" books. Once it became clear I was reaching for it more often than expected, I found it needed to be added to the online list. I originally started skimming this book to get a quick general overview, a few other opinions on training approach and mindset, etc. I truly don't think the running information is all that extraordinary, but I've oddly found that I reach for it as a comfort. Somehow the writing she includes identifying running as the emotional ribbon that ties her life together and gives meaning to her person has a very familiar ring. She includes most of this writing in the "Training Log" boxes. I am not an overly emotional person. (I generally hate sappy books and romances, and feel that over attention to emotion in books is usually completely beside the point and is over used as a crutch or a way to fill pages and rope in uncommitted readers, etc. Agree or disagree, that's what I typically feel). While I am not an overly emotional person in what I chose to read, I have found these litle "Training Log" boxes speak to me on a level I never would have expected from a run-of-the-mill soft cover book from Runner's World. The little "Training Log" slices have identified why I feel oddly drawn to doing this. They have put words to why running isn't important due to all the established physiological benefits of exercise or even all the pride you may feel after running a personal best. Running is important because you walk through the store in the afternoon differently after running 10 miles that morning. You conduct yourself differently due to a change in your mentality, not due to physical soreness. Running that 10 miles forces you to build something small that has evolved in your brain. You think and feel and move differently knowing that you did something no one needs know about to see the change in your demeanor. It re-routes your thoughts into a loop based on the clear evidence that you accomplish things the great majority of people would be slightly horrified to consider. This rebuilds you from the base. I will continue reading through the "Training Log" boxes to cement the idea that I am not alone, and that the day I fist self-identified as a "Runner" in conversation was one my life's best moments of self-realization.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    First off I have to say this is a great book to anyone who is beginning their running experience. It's even valuable for the seasoned runner who wants to shave time off of their 10k-5k race time, or just train to run longer. I love the training schedules that Dagny provides in this book. She has beginner all the way to advance, and marathon training...very helpful. Anything you want to know to make your running experience safer, more pleasant, and more efficient, this is the book to turn to. Wha First off I have to say this is a great book to anyone who is beginning their running experience. It's even valuable for the seasoned runner who wants to shave time off of their 10k-5k race time, or just train to run longer. I love the training schedules that Dagny provides in this book. She has beginner all the way to advance, and marathon training...very helpful. Anything you want to know to make your running experience safer, more pleasant, and more efficient, this is the book to turn to. What I had a hard time with is that in the beginning she reassures us that she is just an average runner, that she is just like me (my interpretation...plunky runner who plods along at a 9min/mile average pace...or easily more on longer runs). She talks about how genetics play in role in running...some people are born fast, some struggle. Some people are naturally thin whereas others have to really work at it. Well read a few pages more, and I find out she has been running since the age of 9, and is pretty quick with her speed. She has never been over weight (she attributes it to her many years of running), but her mom was thin her whole life, but her dad was a bit overweight...hmmm that sounds like good genes to me. I do not have a problem with any of this at all, but what bothers me is that I feel like she should own the fact that that she does indeed have good genetics, and was born to run fast and strong instead of hiding behind the average label to make us truly average people feel better. I would have read her book regardless. It's a minor complaint, and not the theme of the book by any means. It just stuck out to me for some reason. Anyway, a great book if you want good training regiments, advise, information. I recommend it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    A great book - I've always wanted to be a runner, but never really knew how to start. I downloaded a C25k (couch to 5k) podcast which helped me get started gradually, but as far as the more technical aspects, I was clueless. What's the proper form? Does stretching really matter? Is running too high-impact? (Answers: it depends, yes, and not typically). This was a great book for both beginners and even more advanced runners; the chapters were thorough yet concise, and were filled with nothing but A great book - I've always wanted to be a runner, but never really knew how to start. I downloaded a C25k (couch to 5k) podcast which helped me get started gradually, but as far as the more technical aspects, I was clueless. What's the proper form? Does stretching really matter? Is running too high-impact? (Answers: it depends, yes, and not typically). This was a great book for both beginners and even more advanced runners; the chapters were thorough yet concise, and were filled with nothing but practical info. I especially liked that the author was so unpretentious - she covered everything from why women have to pee so much when they run to dealing with common injuries and choosing good running shoes, to staying motivated. She's an advocate of listening to your body, and allowing it to dictate things like whether you should drink water while running or not (my husband and I got into an argument about this - he thinks it's silly to take water on shorter runs; I begged to differ). I have to admit I didn't finish all the relevant sections I intended to (I skipped the chapter on running while pregnant, running through menopause, and a few others). Once it cools off here (it's not been under 90* here in over a month), I imagine I'll pick this one up again to read the rest of it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Crizzle

    A comprehensive guide to running... I would say great for beginners and more competitive runners. There is good wisdom and motivation for runners at all levels, and I can't wait to share some with my running buddies! As a long-time recreational runner, there were a lot of great tips for me, and things that I remember learning in high school track and cross country but have since forgotten. And I'm all pumped to get running! I just learned that women runners will go through menopause earlier! But A comprehensive guide to running... I would say great for beginners and more competitive runners. There is good wisdom and motivation for runners at all levels, and I can't wait to share some with my running buddies! As a long-time recreational runner, there were a lot of great tips for me, and things that I remember learning in high school track and cross country but have since forgotten. And I'm all pumped to get running! I just learned that women runners will go through menopause earlier! But symptoms are lessened. I also got insight on how some can run for such incredible amounts of time... They have to start snacking as they run! Wow... And competitive runners do more than one run a day, like a morning and evening one. I appreciate the emphasis on rest days, and learned that you should do your last big run a week or two before your race and take it easy then... Your body needs that time to get stronger, "repairing muscle damage,topping off your fuel tank, and boosting your energy". I rediscovered the great word " fartleks" and the need to incorporate drills into my training for my muscles... All that stuff my coaches had us do were good for something! Ooh, and pool running... Totally doing it more this summer.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Macy

    I loved this book. I actually read it last night and it was an easy, but informative and motivating read. Not being new to running, I could absorb the information with ease, but also rediscovered some important elements that I'd forgotten since buying my first pair of proper running shoes and hitting the road. I checked it out of the library, but this is a book that I would really like to own. My favorite aspect of the book is that it helped me remember why I *do* like running, why I turned to it I loved this book. I actually read it last night and it was an easy, but informative and motivating read. Not being new to running, I could absorb the information with ease, but also rediscovered some important elements that I'd forgotten since buying my first pair of proper running shoes and hitting the road. I checked it out of the library, but this is a book that I would really like to own. My favorite aspect of the book is that it helped me remember why I *do* like running, why I turned to it in the first place, and where I can take it from here! There is a training program in it for joggers who want to become runners and I'm feeling like I want to give that a try. I'm not currently training for any run, so this will be a fun diversion. I recommend it for any woman who already runs or never has but thinks she might enjoy it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heidi-Marie

    Exactly what I need right now... 1/10 This book was fantastic. The only reason I'm not going to finish it (i.e. read it cover to cover) is because certain parts of women's running aren't applicable to me right now (e.g. I'm not pregnant, I'm not over 50, I'm not planning on training for a marathon...). But this book was absolutely perfect as I got back into running after an 11-year hiatus, and was training for my own little race. A very well written book. An easy read. I connected very well with Exactly what I need right now... 1/10 This book was fantastic. The only reason I'm not going to finish it (i.e. read it cover to cover) is because certain parts of women's running aren't applicable to me right now (e.g. I'm not pregnant, I'm not over 50, I'm not planning on training for a marathon...). But this book was absolutely perfect as I got back into running after an 11-year hiatus, and was training for my own little race. A very well written book. An easy read. I connected very well with the author and her experiences. It felt good to have this support, and to know I'm not alone in my good days or running and my hard days of running. I may check this one out periodically for reminders, tips, and encouragement. Would not be a bad one to own at all!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    Practical, sensible book about running. Covers stretching, drills, training, nutrition, pregnancy, how to raise and active child, what to wear, common injuries and irritations (and how to address them), motivation, setting goals, getting older, body image, safety, poor weather conditions, staying motivated, and how to approach marathon running. Best addressed to people who are beginning, or (like me) have no idea how to proceed beyond 5K training. The book has a focus towards women, but the vast Practical, sensible book about running. Covers stretching, drills, training, nutrition, pregnancy, how to raise and active child, what to wear, common injuries and irritations (and how to address them), motivation, setting goals, getting older, body image, safety, poor weather conditions, staying motivated, and how to approach marathon running. Best addressed to people who are beginning, or (like me) have no idea how to proceed beyond 5K training. The book has a focus towards women, but the vast majority of the subjects covered are also appropriate to men. The only thing I would have loved to see covered more was biomechanics and gait. Since I have other books that cover that more fully, and I found the book otherwise very helpful, I'm not going to get picky about it.

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