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Posted December 1, 2004
After some 50 years of running and nearly 40 years of writing about running, Joe Henderson should be showing signs of burnout. But this book suggests that Joe is as fresh as ever, and just as passionate as he was when he authored Long, Slow Distance back in 1969. You¿d think that with a subject as simple as running that this book would just be rehashing the things Henderson has said in one of his more than two-dozen other books. He wrote Running, A to Z back in 1983 and Running 101 in 2000. He¿s told us how to be fit, how to train, how to run our best race, how to win, and how to run for a lifetime. He¿s detailed the training programs of top competitors and supplied us with all kinds of running philosophy over the years. What else could he possibly say? But somehow, Henderson keeps coming up with new ideas and fresh ways of presenting old ideas. The book is divided into three parts: running routines, running races, and running long. In the first part, there are 11 chapters, ranging from teaching and learning through scheduling and moving to fueling and heating. ¿If there¿s a single word that defines good running style, it¿s prancing,¿ Henderson offers in the chapter on moving. ¿Not running like a drum major at halftime during a football game, but running as if you¿re proud of yourself.¿ As someone who used to do a lot of barefoot running on synthetic tracks and infields, I found Henderson¿s treatment of this topic, under dressing, very informative and interesting, something that should be read by those who have never considered barefoot running. The section on races has 13 chapters, ranging from winning and training on through miling and marathoning to fun-racing. In the chapter on miling, Henderson provides some interesting food for thought as to why today¿s high school milers are not doing as well as those of yesteryear. The third section has 11 chapters, ranging from easing through aging to enjoying. Henderson has many thought-provoking stories to tell about his experiences and the experiences of runners he has encountered along the way, all recorded in his daily journal. The ¿chapter notes¿ (appendix) of the book has a number of race conversion tables that can be very helpful to runners of all abilities. Whether novice runner or seasoned veteran, the reader should benefit from this book. Besides offering much advice, the little stories in the book make it an entertaining read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2004
Joe Henderson¿s Run Right Now is a must read for anyone at any stage of running. As a running enthusiast and coach of hundreds of runners over the last few years, it is always refreshing to find new fuel for the road for my runners and myself. Joe Henderson¿s latest book only adds to his stature in the running community¿he is our sage and our conscience. His latest offering is divided into three sections: ¿Running Routines,¿ ¿Running Races¿ and ¿Running Long.¿ Each section is well thought out and well illustrated so that this becomes an easy and enjoyable read. One of his headlines in that opening section says it all about this author: ¿Class Acts.¿ Since his days as editor of Runner¿s World, Joe has always found the most gracious yet direct ways to present his ideas to runners at every stage of development. He was one of those original pioneers of our sport who endured the stares and the misinformation of those times. He has inspired runners through the initial running boom of the late 60¿s and 70¿s and has remained at the very summit of his profession. In addition, along the way, he has truly been our Cronkite and Brokaw¿someone with the courage of his convictions and the certainty of his (and others¿) actual experiences on the ¿road of running¿and life.¿ He is one of those few authors who always has something new and interesting to say. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all readers in hopes that they may discover a great writer and mentor! Robert Mills Club26.2, Founder/CoachWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.