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Running For Dummies is for everyone with a desire to run. If you?re a reforming couch potato, it helps ease you into a healthier lifestyle. If you have Olympic aspirations, take a look at different ways to improve your training. This easy-to-understand guide is also for ...

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Running For Dummies is for everyone with a desire to run. If you’re a reforming couch potato, it helps ease you into a healthier lifestyle. If you have Olympic aspirations, take a look at different ways to improve your training. This easy-to-understand guide is also for those who want to:

  • Lose weight
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Live longer
  • Relieve stress
  • Boost creativity
  • Find a fun way to exercise

Find dependable guidance for buying running shoes. Explore ways to maximize your training program. Discover the races you’ll enjoy running. Coauthored by the “World’s Fastest Woman” and World Record holder Florence (Flo-Jo) Griffith Joyner, Running For Dummies has world-class advice on these topics and many more:

  • Nutrition and weight loss
  • Hitting your stride
  • Speed training
  • Reaching your peak
  • The day of the race
  • Marathon training
  • Identifying and treating injuries
  • Cross-training and treadmill training
  • Running for kids and seniors
Run around the block or around town. Tired of pavement? Run through the woods. Keep track of your personal progress in handy running logs in the back of the book. Improve your health, feel good about yourself, and have fun! With several million runners on the road today, you’ll find a lot of company, encouragement, and friends benefiting from this healthy and fun activity.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Fabled runner Griffith Joyner ("Flo-Jo") died in September 1998, in the midst of this book project, co-written with Hanc (The Essential Runner, LJ 3/1/94). In the familiar, attractive "...for Dummies" format, the usual subjects are covered: benefits, mechanics, motivation, shoes, nutrition, stretches, hill training, safety, weather, regimen, races (leading up to a marathon), injuries, cross-training, and weights. Photos of Flo-Jo enhance the section on techniques, stretches, and weights. Although the book is geared toward both sexes, one chapter addresses special concerns for women, children, and seniors. Overall, the authors have provided the tools beginning runners need while giving more advanced runners sound advice, too. The book is not gadget-happy, except for one superfluous section on cross-training equipment like stationary bicycles. An excellent purchase for both public and academic libraries. (Index and 16-page color photo tribute to Griffith Joyner not seen.)--Kathryn Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, BC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764550966
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/5/1999
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 233,134
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Florence Griffith Joyner, the "World's Fastest Woman," won three gold and one silver medal in track and field at the '88 summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, in addition to a silver medal at the '84 Games in Los Angeles. In 1989, she was voted "Most Outstanding Amateur Athlete in America" and was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1995.
John Hanc is a running and fitness columnist for Newday and contributes frequently to Runner's World magazine. He is the author of The Essential Runner and The Essential Marathoner.

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Table of Contents


How to Use This Book.

How This Book Is Organized.

Part I: Run, Baby, Run.

Part II: Basic Training.

Part III: The Competitive Edge.

Part IV: Fine-Tuning.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

The Running Log.

Icons Used in This Book.

Where to Go from Here.

Part I: Run, Baby, Run.

Chapter 1: The Second Running Boom.

Chapter 2: What Running Can Do for You.

Chapter 3: A Body in Motion.

Chapter 4: Your First Steps.

Chapter 5: Cruising for Shoes and Other Equipment.

Chapter 6: Nutrition for Runners.

Part II: Basic Training.

Chapter 7: Elements of Style.

Chapter 8: Warming Up, Stretching Out, and Cooling Down.

Chapter 9: Just for the Hill of It.

Chapter 10: Running in the Elements.

Chapter 11: Safety First.

Part III: The Competitive Edge.

Chapter 12: Advanced Training.

Chapter 13: A Day at the Races.

Chapter 14: Marathon or Bust.

Part IV: Fine-Tuning.

Chapter 15: Injuries and How to Treat Them.

Chapter 16: Cross-Training and Treadmill Training.

Chapter 17: Strength Training.

Chapter 18: Running for Women, Kids, and Seniors.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: More Than Ten Ways to Sharpen Your Mental Edge.

Chapter 20: Ten Beautiful Races.

Chapter 21: Ten Great Races for Women.

Chapter 22: Ten First-Time-Friendly Marathons.

Chapter 23: Ten Great Web Sites for Runners.

Appendix: Running Clubs.

Running Log.


Book Registration Information.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    excellant and highly recommended

    Got this for my Grand, she just beginning in track which she had developed her own style which this book has assisted her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2005


    This book points out everything you need to get started. It's fun, practical, easy to read and, full of great tips and advice. It's a wonderfull starters book...I've progressed from a 5K, to a 15K, to my first Half Marathon and still refer to this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    This book saved my life

    I used to be fat and overweight, my doctor told me to run so I got this book. Now I am on the track to fitness with the help of this book.

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