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Running For Dummies

Running For Dummies

Florence Griffith Joyner, John Hanc, Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-764-55096-6

Feb 1999

288 pages

Select type: Paperback

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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.

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.


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