No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running

No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running


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No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running by John Bingham

"You don't have to run fast to be a real runner!"

John Bingham, "the patron saint of the back of the pack," commands "The Penguin Brigade"— those thousands of dedicated runners who have learned that the greatest joy in their sport comes not from how fast they go or how thin they become, but from simply having the courage to take the first step.

Now Bingham shares the wisdom that took him from couch potato to columnist for Runner's World magazine. No Need for Speed explores both the why and the how of running for the rest of us. With information both practical (how to find the right running shoes for you, when to enter a race, what to eat before a run) and inspirational (focus on where you are instead of where you want to be, accepting the body you have, the beauty of being realistic about goals), Bingham extends a trusted hand and expert advice to beginners and veterans alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579544294
Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Edition description: REV
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 340,168
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

John "The Penguin" Bingham is a columnist for Runner's World magazine. He's a regular speaker on the prerace pasta dinner circuit and teaches the basics of running to adult-onset athletes at his popular Penguin Flight Schools. He lives in Chicago, where he rides motorcycles and plays the trombone.

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No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a new 'runner' (7 months new) who has fallen into the pitfalls of overdoing it, being impatient, having unrealistic expectations and enduring injury! Yet I continue to keep trying. So, I searched high and low for a guidebook, or just a HINT at the secrets of success, for BEGINNING runners! Finally, this book provides exactly the answers I was seeking. Finally, someone (who has remembered what it is to be a beginner) has been courageous (and kind) enough to say 'SLOW DOWN!' This books gives the desparately needed permission to new runners (ok, slow joggers), like myself, that it's ok to be behind the pack and still recognize progress. It's ok to GRADUALLY improve - even if it takes years- because you have your whole life to enjoy this and get it right. It's not about speed or distance when you're just starting out! I am a 41 yr old, overweight, woman who is trying to learn MY pace (and enjoy it). I will be forever grateful for 'The Penguin's' encouraging and educational book! This book speaks directly to ME.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Bingham is a gifted story teller and has a lot of good information to share. I enjoyed the book a lot and found it both helpful and inspiring. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to start the journey of becoming a runner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a beginner myself, I found this book very helpful. In addition to the many helpful chapters ie, 'Garbage In, Garbage Out', 'Basic Truths about Injury Prevention', and 'Staying the Course', I enjoyed reading and rereading the 'lessons learned' comments by other runners and also the 'exercise in joy' comments. This book also includes recommended reading. It does not claim to be the see all end all book to your running. It's a great start!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although John The Penguin Bingham is targeting would-be and beginning runners, his practical and inspirational message is also relevant to experienced runners. Bingham expertly helps would-be and beginning runners make the jump, start running at their own pace with the right equipment, accept their highs and lows in their sport practice, and celebrate their big and small running accomplishments over time. Bingham's message is especially convincing because he had led an unhealthy lifestyle for many years before he discovered the joy of running. Bingham also reminds his core audience that running is a life philosophy that is based on the best possible balance to strike between mind and body. That quest is nothing new. For example, the Ancient Greeks and Romans respectively used the expressions Nothing too much and A sound mind in a sound body to describe the achievement of a harmonious state. Bingham finally echoes the words of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games: The essential thing ... is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not triumph but the struggle. As a side note, would-be and beginning runners can also find inspiration in the movie Chariots of Fire and Vangelis' memorable accompanying music to keep faith in their performance, whatever it is.
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