A straightforward, easy-to-follow look at the anatomy, biomechanics, and nutrition of running.
Dr. Cucuzzella "aims to improve the fitness and well-being of all, from the uninitiated to beginners to veterans who still have new tricks to learn" (Amby Burfoot, Boston Marathon winner, writer at large for Runner’s World magazine, and author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life).
Despite our natural ability and our human need to run, each year more than half of all runners suffer injuries. Pain and discouragement inevitably follow. Cucuzzella's book outlines the proven, practical techniques to avoid injury and reach the goal of personal fitness and overall health.
With clear drawings and black-and-white photographs, the book provides illustrated exercises designed to teach healthy running, along with simple progressions and a running schedule that shows the reader how to tailor their training regimen to their individual needs and abilities.
Cucuzzella, a physician, offers readers a path to health and a sense of well-being in this detailed fitness guide. More and more studies show that "sitting is killing us," Cucuzzella writes, asserting that movement is the cure. Despite the book's title, he emphasizes the value of walking as much as running, and gives equal attention to marathon training, "exercise snacks," "relearning to breathe," and diet. Along with exercise tips, he provides simple anatomy lessons, such as on "the care and feeding of your fascia." In keeping with his status as an Air Force Reserve lieutenant, Cucuzzella provides "drills" throughout, beginning with an "initial prescription" for sedentary people and culminating with an appendix that provides "drills for a lifetime." More than half of all runners are injured each year, he notes, a concern he takes particularly seriously because it's "too easy... for an injured runner to become a former runner." As such, he emphasizes "prehab, not rehab" and advises readers to ignore the "no pain, no gain" saying in lieu of a "no pain, thank you" approach. A runner since 13 and a marathon finisher (2 hours 24 minutes), Cucuzzella clearly knows his subject matter and is well-equipped to provide advice and encouragement to runners (and walkers) of all levels.