The tips4running review of Runner's World Complete Book of Running

Runner's World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness, and Competition edited by Amby Burfoot covers all the running bases. From beginner running up to completing a marathon, the book is a great guide for any runner. I still reference it on occasion when I am looking for some advice on a specific topic.

If you aren't familiar with the editor, Amby Burfoot, he won the Boston Marathon in 1968. He still is an active runner and a writer for Runner's World Magazine. Many of the chapters are written by him, but a few chapters are written by other running experts.

Some of the more interesting sections of the book include the injury-free running guide. There are some practical suggestions on how to gradually build your endurance without working too hard. There is a section for women's running and men's running.

Burfoot also details how to find the best food for your running program. Basically, it involves recording what you eat and then seeing how you feel after you run. If you consistently feel good on a run after eating a specific food or meal, you should eat this before a race. He does mention that he is a vegetarian and says he did notice some improvement in college when he committed to being one.

The book covers beginner running all the way up to advice for running a marathon. It isn't a complete guide for the marathon, but it does have some useful information. I recommend Runner's World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness, and Competition for any runner to use as a valuable resource.

- Reviewed by David Tiefenthaler

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