From the lead author of Build Your Running Body (“the best running book ever”—Runner’s World founder Bob Anderson), a one-of-a-kind guide for everyone who wants to run but feels they can’t
As a drug-addled young man, Pete Magill once found himself in the ER, with his body telling him to give up. Taking up running seemed impossible—but he willed himself to do it anyway.
Magill went on to become one of the fastest masters runners ever, and a sought-after coach. Over a glowing (albeit hard-won) career, he has heard every excuse people use to stop running or never start—from achy knees and sore ankles, to advanced age and arthritis, to too many cigarettes or years on the couch.
In every case, Magill’s best advice is to do what he did: Run anyway—at a pace and mileage that work. Through inspiration, science, and anecdote, Magill gets runners out the door; through personal action plans, he sets them on the right path; and through the best exercises to protect and rehabilitate the body, he keeps them going—showing a way forward for new and sidelined runners who haven’t before realized how close they are to fun and pain-free
Regardless of one's reasons for wanting to begin running, Magill (Build Your Running Body), a six-time U.S.A. Masters Cross Country Runner, has designed a comprehensive user's guide to reaching running goals. At age 38, Magill was 50 pounds overweight and primarily subsisting on junk food, alcohol, and cigarettes. His wake-up call occurred when he passed out and woke to find himself in the ER. This manual relates how running motivated him to quit smoking and drinking and change his life for the better. The book is organized into three parts, with the first part focused on getting started, finding proper attire, and making it fun. The second part explores different types of training, such as training for weight loss versus training for a marathon, and the last part is geared toward setting long-term goals, choosing a runner's diet, and avoiding injury. Readers will be inspired by the personal stories interspersed throughout from other runners. This road map to enjoying a healthy life is highly recommended for anyone serious about beginning and sticking to a running program.