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Run Right Now: What a half-century on the run has taught [NOOK Book]

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Overview

(from the introduction) What’s in a name? Everything, say the publishers of books. The cover spurs sales – with its image, its colors, its typography and especially its title. This is why the publisher does the naming. At most the author suggests a name and uses it as a working title. During the writing of this book I thought of it as Running Long. “Long” could be taken two ways, long in distance and in years.

Barnes & Noble, the original publisher, didn’t choose my title but christened the book Run Right Now. At first I was cool to this title, mainly because it wasn’t mine. But by the time I saw the first copy, the name had grown on me. Given the chance to change it now that I’ve reclaimed the publishing rights, I still go with B&N’s choice.

Run Right Now. These three little words imply three different meanings. “Right now” can mean correctly, immediately or temporarily. The title can represent running the right way. Not that I have a corner on absolute truths, but the book represents the best ways to run that I know, based on long experience. The title also can stand for running right away. Even as an author I say, don’t spend too much time reading and planning and analyzing. I’d love to hear that a runner read one page and was moved to drop the book and go run right now. And finally the title can mean running right for now. Current practices change along with interests and abilities.

This book comes in three parts. Each covers what runners most want to know at different stages of their evolution. These parts follow the typical path – from exerciser to racer to fun-runner (or as I prefer, life-runner). Part One, titled “Running Routines,” lays out the basics that oldtimers already know but beginners need to learn. Part Two, “Running Races,” deals with going faster, farther. Part Three, “Running Rewards,” covers the years when we run (to borrow words from Robert Louis Stevenson) not to go anywhere but just to go.

I spent almost no time in the first stage, and had to go back and learn those fundamentals later. My time in stage two lasted 15 years before blending into stage three. Here I’ve stayed the longest. The runs have been right for 30-plus years now.

This book is a memoir of lessons learned in a lifetime of running and writing about it. These chapters can’t protect you from making any mistakes of your own. My hope is that you’ll make fewer than I did, that you’ll learn these lessons faster and that they’ll take you farther than I’ve gone with them.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012504777
  • Publisher: Joe Henderson
  • Publication date: 5/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 903 KB

Meet the Author

Joe Henderson was for more than 30 years a columnist and editor at Runner’s World magazine and now writes for Marathon & Beyond. He has written or co-authored more than two dozen books. He’s a veteran of more than 700 races, from sprints to ultras. He teaches running classes at the University of Oregon in Eugene and coaches a local Marathon Team. His columns and several previous books appear on his website, joehenderson.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Interesting, Informative, and Inspiring

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2004

    New Fuel For The Road

    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/Coach

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