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Discusses not only the physical benefits of running, but its psychological benefits as well: increasing self-esteem, acquiring a "high" from running, and being able to cope better with pressure and tension. Yep, it still sells....

Title : The Complete Book of Running
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ISBN : 9780394411590
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 314 Pages
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  • Loederkoningin
    2019-03-14 08:38

    A deliciously outdated book. Fixx wrote The Complete Book of Running in the seventies and therefore a lot of what he has to say is no longer accurate, which is a little amusing and sometimes even cute. His passion for running withstands the test of time though. And so does his ability to make his reader share in his excitement.It is a wee bit ironic that Fixx adopted running as part of a healthy life style that would hopefully provide him with a longer and healthier life - his family had a history of dying early due to heart diseases - only to die from a heart attack when/after running, at 52. Sad.Anyway, he did manage to make me run for an entire month or so, after which I discreetly fell back into my old blissfully lazy ways.

  • Kristy
    2019-02-26 05:19

    Some of the topics in this book are laughable due to the passage of years (it was published in 1977). For example, did you know that the author tried wearing negative-heel shoes once upon a time to help stretch his calves? Apparently, they were popular in their own right and he had the idea they would be helpful...but he couldn't walk well in them and gave them up.Another tidbit he gleaned from women runners: It is optional to wear a bra while running. Some like to wear one, some don't, and only some insist on a really supportive get-up. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.This book is chock full of research, which is sometimes useful and sometimes not, and you can never rely on the information without back-up because it was published 35 years ago (the year of my birth, so the math is easy). However, I was interested all the way through, even when reading the chapter called "Gear." I like that he recommends saving money by running in cut-off jeans before trying to scrimp on running shoes. There are also fascinating quotes by some famous American runners, mostly marathoners, whom he interviewed. He interviewed Bill Rodgers on a casual nine-mile run which was apparently much more casual from Rodgers's point of view than the author's. Jim Fixx even got to shower at the Rodgers's home afterward - Bill was chivalrous and let his guest use the facilities first.I love this book. You do need a different book if you want to figure out a personal running regime based on current research.

  • Abby
    2019-02-27 06:44

    I love this book! It sounds like it may be boring (because running is boring), but if anyone is interested in starting a running program or competing in a race, it's full of great information and fascinating facts. Like, for example, women may have an advantage to men in running long distance. Men don't have as much body fat, which you can pull on for fuel during a marathon. There's a story about a woman who had diarreah during a marathon but kept running because she was going to win. She did win. But I bet it grossed out the people behind her. (I also read about this event in my other favorite book, "Marathon Woman", by Kathrine Switzer. I wonder if she hates that it's written about in so many books.)There was another guy who was a runner his whole life, and died of cancer. They autopsied his body and concluded, he would have HAD to have died of something other than heart disease. His heart and lungs and veins and blood vessels and stuff were all in such good condition there was no possible way he could die related to them malfunctioning. Something else had to get him, like cancer did. So, if cancer is your preferred route of death, become a runner!

  • Jen
    2019-02-28 02:42

    This has to be one of the most informative and motivating books about running on the market. I ran distance track in high school, and when I tried to get back into it a couple of years ago I found myself with absolutely no motivation. I happened upon this book at the library, and it quickly became one of my favorite running books. I eventually got back into running, and I think about this book on most of my runs. It is a complete guide that covers everything from what type of shoes to buy, to how to get yourself out the door and beyond the driveway, all the way up to running the Boston Marathon. Don't let the date scare you or make you think that the information presented here is outdated. Many of the techniques mentioned in this book were often employed by my track coach, and that was in 2001. It is an old book, but a good one - a classic, if you will, in the running world. Give it a chance.

  • Chelsea
    2019-03-19 04:46

    This book has everything anyone needs to know about running. It talks about what to wear, different weather, where to run, how to train, etc. It is a very good motivator to start running! Every time I read it, I'd want to go out and run. Maybe it'll persuade me to run a marathon! :)

  • Gerald
    2019-03-20 10:34

    I clearly date myself by stating that this book is responsible for the enthusiasm that I felt for running in the late '70's.

  • Lynn
    2019-02-22 03:22

    This book may be 35 years old, but most of the advice still stands... though it's amusing (read: heartbreaking) to see how the price of running shoes has changed!

  • Mark
    2019-03-15 03:27

    Obviously dated but some wonderful nuggets of practical information and philosophy.

  • Kevin
    2019-03-01 03:19

    This was a tremendous book!! It was as well written as “Born To Run” and in many ways is almost a precursor to it. I believe the author makes some errors based on his personal experience – the recommendation of running shoes – for instance, but on the whole, the entire book is a valuable resource which I look forward to re-reading and just using as a reference every now and then.There is one paragraph I would like to quote at length. It has to do with why people run (why I, in particular, run): “Most people who have considered the matter have, I believe, posed the wrong question. They have asked why running produces such extraordinary effects. Putting the question that way elicits a certain kind of answer, and I think it is the wrong one. My suspicion is that the effects of running are not extraordinary at all, but quite ordinary. It is the other states, all other feelings, that are peculiar, for they are an abnegation of the way you and I are intended to feel. As runners, I think we reach directly back along the endless chain of history. We experience what we would have felt had we lived ten thousand years ago, eating fruits, nuts and vegetables, and keeping our hearts and lungs and muscles fit by constant movement. We are reasserting, as modern man seldom does, our kinship with ancient man, and even with the wild beasts that preceded him. This, I think, is our remarkable secret, one we share every time we go running.”This is so close to the idea of man as the running predator, it is amazing to me it is not more widely recognized – particularly as Fixx’s book is over 30 years old!!

  • Beth
    2019-03-15 03:39

    An oldie but a goodie, I think. I was never a runner, and this is probably not the recommended order to do things, but it worked for me. I (1) signed up for a 5k 3 weeks before it, (2) started practicing my running every other day, (3) started reading this book about a week before the race. I found the book to be very encouraging for a beginning runner and would definitely recommend it. It was very motivational in terms of the benefits that regular running can give you. It had a lot of practical information. It gave you the experience of going along with someone while they ran the Boston Marathon. It had interesting historical tidbits. Like this: "Women were permitted to compete officially in the Boston Marathon in 1972. Before that officials were convinced they couldn't bear up under the punishment." Ha! So glad I am in a world today where it's hard to imagine that this was once even true!It's great when you read a book at exactly the right time when you can be most receptive to the material. That's how this was for me! I guess I thought of reading this because I remembered everyone reading it when the running craze really got going back in the 70's. Try it! And start running!!Just wanted to add that I really liked several of the points that he seemed to emphasize and reiterate: 1) listen to your body (as in when it is hurting), 2) everyone's body is different (what works for someone else may not be right for you), and especially 3) have fun!!!

  • Jason Collins
    2019-03-15 07:35

    The manifesto that started it all! A great inspiration for any beginning runner. Fixx's iconic guide details all the physical and psychological benefits of running. Though it will come across as a bit of a dated read today, running is such a basic sport that Fixx's advice holds up against more modern approaches to running. My only criticism of Fixx's doctrine is the notion that a good runner ought to be noticeably skinny. I've known extreme runners who run themselves absolutely frail. But I've also noticed that long-distance running is all that they do. These types of guys get muscled around on the basketball court if they even dare to step on it. For me, running is a component of being a well-rounded athlete, and it works well with my mesomporh body type. Not everybody is meant to be a super-skinny long-distance runner, but I will agree with Fixx that running to a certain degree can benefit everybody.I also give props to Fixx for giving night-runners their due. Much less traffic, fewer dogs to encounter & a great way to end the day! I'll never understand those who run during the morning or evening rush hour. Why contend with all that traffic and commotion?!Fixx also shares his personal transformation from overweight smoker to dedicated runner. I first read this book as a senior in high school. Every few years I go back and read at least half of it. A must-read for any runner!

  • John
    2019-03-22 07:43

    It's funny reading this, 35 years after being published. References to East German athletic training, and advice on how to measure route distances before Google Maps and GPS (guesstimate by pace/time, use a car odometer, or a special tool attached to a bicycle). It's also probably wise to ignore any scientific or medical discussion, though I was amused to hear about Dr. J. E. Schmidt's Playboy article, "Jogging Can Kill You" (unfortunately, I can't find the original, but he appears in many newspaper articles from the time, made available by Google News).Some things just don't change much, though. The general training discussion (LSD, intervals, speedplay/fartlek) and how to run in any weather could fit just as easily in a modern issue of Runner's World, just replacing some cotton garments with newer fabrics.And what still applies just as much now as then is the philosophical side of things: the meditative nature of running, healthy addiction, and interviews with the top runners at the time on the whys and hows.

  • Karen
    2019-03-21 08:38

    The original running book remains relevant.

  • Mary Beth
    2019-02-25 06:26

    An excellent guide to all things regarding runningl. I loved his advice and would follow every step with one small issue: the book is only marred by the knowledge that this man died running at the age of 52. That kind of blows the whole thing apart unless you take into consideration his medical history, even though we don't really know his medical history or how long he would have lived without the joy of running in his life. Eliminate his unhealthy lifestyle before his advocacy of running and one can glean invaluable information from this excellent reference manual.

  • Victor Claar
    2019-02-25 07:41

    Read this one back in the early eighties along with plenty of others. Inspiring--perhaps the most inspiring book about running out there. Still a fine read, but read with caution; much of our understanding about calisthenics, stretching, and physiology has evolved and changed since this book. Many of the exercises can hurt you--we now know--so proceed with care and consult a trainer before you try any of Fixx's ideas.

  • John
    2019-02-24 03:16

    Jim Fixx was a courageous man by showing people to just go out and do it. His family history was rampant with heart disease and when he found himself unfit and overweight he decided to change and change he did. Unfortunately, his history caught up with him and he died of a heart attack at age 52 but not before he blazed the path.

  • Kristen MacGregor
    2019-03-12 02:33

    This book is very helpful, but also very funny. Since it was written in the 70s, a LOT has changed since then. So some of the things he goes off about are humorous nowadays. But he has some good pointers for anyone who's trying to start a lifetime habit of running- and even some pointers for those wanting to race [marathons, etc.]

  • Mark
    2019-02-24 04:36

    Read this when I was a kid (age 12 approx). At the time I was a competitive athlete and would read anything I could lay my hands on to do with running. This book was absolutely brilliant and I finished it in a couple of days.Particularly remember the chapter on how to cope with Dogs and the one about Bill Rogers.

  • Jess
    2019-03-15 06:44

    This book definitely needs to go through a reprint, because it's a fantastic (and humorous) definitive book about running. While some of the material in the book is outdated, the majority of it is interesting and applicable. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a passion for running, or who wants to understand why people run recreationally.

  • Joe Savage
    2019-03-21 09:27

    Read this some while ago. Was helpful then but now there a great wealth of running literature is available. Sadly James Fixx died on the road and this was apparently due to heart disease. Much in his story should have raised red flags.

  • Russ
    2019-03-20 08:45

    I read this years ago, and while the information hasn't aged well, it is still an infectious read. Fixx's love of running, and his unwavering belief that running would cure all evils, comes through on every page. Worth the read just for that...

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2019-02-23 07:43

    Fixx was considered the guru of distances runners until his death due to a heart attack. He explains his ideas of running and fitness.

  • Jerry
    2019-03-03 08:22

    It is a little dated but still an inspirational read. Written at a time when fistance running was coming back into popularity it helped forge the boom that biilt a multi-billion dollar industry

  • David Housholder
    2019-02-26 08:19

    I ran through the 1980's with this book...And then as did Forrest Gump, I stopped.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-16 02:16

    Some of the information is outdated, but it's still worth reading if you're interested in running.

  • Jeremy
    2019-03-14 03:29

    First book I read on running. Still quite informative.

  • Rick
    2019-03-20 02:43

    I liked Galloway's better, but this is a wonderful introduction.

  • Kevin
    2019-03-07 04:43

    Great book. For those who don't, this could get you hooked!

  • Laura
    2019-03-03 03:25

    I didn't really read this book, but one of our relatives is quoted in it so I am giving it 5 stars anyway!

  • Darryl Scroggins
    2019-03-08 05:21

    This book was written long ago, but it is still very solid. It does a great job convincing you that you should run.