You run because you like the way it makes you feel in its best moments. You run with a goal of success and satisfaction. Wouldn’t you like to tap into those feelings more often?
In Timeless Running Wisdom, longtime runner and author Rich Benyo takes you on a journey spanning the trends of the sport and the approaches, concepts, and methods that have bred success and satisfaction across generations of runners. Discover how to embrace simplicity; change up routes, distances, and terrains; keep your running in proportion to the rest of your life; and create your own adventure runs. It’s all here—practical, compelling, and fantastic.
On this quest of rediscovery, you’ll be joined by an all-star array of world- and national-class runners with literally millions of miles of experience and wisdom, including:
• Kathrine Switzer
• Roger Robinson
• Joe Henderson
• Bill Rodgers
• Dean Karnazes
• Amby Burfoot
• Joan Benoit-Samuelson
Through their personal stories, insights, and advice, they illustrate the essence of running success and satisfaction and guide you to achieving your every running goal. With this unique perspective you’ll find the tools and the maps to run longer, safer, and better.
The ultimate runner’s toolbox, Timeless Running Wisdom is also your GPS to the world’s oldest sport. Read this book and you will remember why you fell in love with running in the first place.
|Publisher:||Human Kinetics, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Rich Benyo is a longtime runner who over the past 30-some years has competed in distance races from 400 meters to ultramarathons and has completed 37 marathons. Named Journalist of the Year by the Road Runners Club of America, he is the former executive editor of Runner’s World Magazine and Anderson World Books, Inc., and is currently the editor of Marathon & Beyond magazine. He has written 22 books on running, health, and fitness, including Running Past 50 and Running Encyclopedia.
Benyo was inducted into Running USA’s Hall of Champions in 2005, and he currently resides in Forestville, California, where he enjoys sailing when he is not running or writing.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Embrace Simplicity
Chapter 2: Tap the Athlete (Kathrine Switzer)
Chapter 3: Keep It in Proportion (Amby Burfoot)
Chapter 4: Maintain a Journal (Joe Henderson)
Chapter 5: Take Your Measure by Racing (Hal Higdon)
Chapter 6: Eschew Racing (Dick Beardsley)
Chapter 7: Train Specifically (Mel Williams)
Chapter 8: Don't Ignore Other Body Parts (Joan Benoit-Samuelson)
Chapter 9: Run With a Plan
Chapter 10: Run By Feel
Chapter 11: Move Up in Mileage
Chapter 12: Move Down in Mileage
Chapter 13: Create Adventure Runs (Dean Karnazes)
Chapter 14: Run Under Control
Chapter 15: Run Wild (Lorrain Moller)
Chapter 16: Rest (Marshall Ulrich)
Chapter 17: Run Alone
Chapter 18: Run Together (Bill Rodgers)
Chapter 19: Join a Club
Chapter 20: Volunteer (Allan Steinfeld)
Chapter 21: Spectate
Chapter 22: Study Runners and Running (Roger Robinson)
Chapter 23: Teach Others to Run
Chapter 24: Start Over
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The unique feature of "Timeless Running Wisdom" is that it's the rare running-related book that is not directed to just one type of runner. No matter when you started to run, how much you run, how slow or fast you run, or even if you haven't yet begun to run, there is, well, wisdom in it for you. Author Richard Benyo, for one, has been there, so to speak, so his own wisdom and thoughts and views are not only tested, but beneficial. Add to that a number of personal firsthand contributions from experts such as marathon champions Dick Beardsley, Amby Burfoot, Kathrine Switzer; Olympians Bill Rodgers, Lorraine Moller, Joan Benoit Samuelson; esteemed running writers Joe Henderson, Hal Higdon, Roger Robinson; and "specialists" Dean Karnazes, Allan Steinfeld, Marshall Ulrich, and Mel Williams, and you get the picture of just how expansive and encompassing this is. While it's the kind of book you can read all the way through and pick up many things along the way, it also lends itself over time to be discovered chapter by chapter, depending on where you are throughout your running. If you're not yet on the road but want to be involved in races, there's the chapter called "Volunteer." Never kept track of your mileage or the road conditions, how about the "Maintain a Journal" chapter? There really is something for everyone, such as if you're a group runner ("Run Together") or prefer to go solo ("Run Alone"). Some chapters preach to the choir, such as for those who have a strong opinion on runners and their music ("Embrace Simplicity"), while others may ignite something totally new to try ("Join a Club"). "Timeless Running Wisdom" really is one to keep and read often because of its approach to so many facets of running and runner. It discusses things to try, things to avoid, things to shoot for, and things to continue. And because of that, "Timeless Running Wisdom" will never go out of style or usefulness. It's also a fun read.
Timeless Running Wisdom is a collection of two dozen essays that cover a wide variety of running topics. At first glance, some of the individual titles seem to contradict each other (Chapter 17: Run Alone; Chapter 18: Run Together), but taken as a whole the reader learns that very contradiction is inevitable and understandable. Anyone who wants to run successfully for decades needs to realize that there is a time to race and a time to run without a clock, a time to run regularly and a time to take time off. As I often tell students in my writing classes: the only rule is there are no rules. Author Rich Benyo has a storied past in relation to distance running and is race director for a very well known marathon, and while 26.2 mile races are mentioned in the book they are not the focus. Indeed, the lessons therein can be used by professional ultra runners just as easily as by neighborhood 5K runners. In addition to the author's plainspoken wit and wisdom, a number of famous--and famously successful--runners (including Joe Henderson, Joan Benoit-Samuelson, and Dean Karnazes) contribute to different sections to add their own keen insight. Each essay is neatly summarized with a few key points titled "For Your Consideration," and the book concludes with three very useful sections: glossary, running quotes, and a bibliography of other great reads. Whether it is read from start to finish or sampled like a high quality buffet, Rich Benyo's latest is destined to be a favorite and highly useful book no matter what kind of runner you are. Resting on a small table by the side of my bed, Timeless Running Wisdom has helped me remember why I run, prodded me to slip out of my running outfit in order to volunteer and spectate at races, and even gotten me into my shoes and out the door on a few mornings when I might otherwise have slept in. This will be a reference book that I go back to regularly. It is a powerful motivator.