UPDATE: 7/14/11: Winner was selected by Random.org.... #19... Kelly! I'll be contacting you for your address soon!
I jumped the gun a little bit before finishing school to read, when I was sent this book to review by Kara Goucher, one of my running idols. Here is my review (I also did one for Healthy Tipping Point):
This book is geared toward beginner runners. It begins with Kara's story of how she got into running and then gives tips for new runners from how to take those first steps to how to deal with those initial "pains" (I think we all know what I'm talking about!).
But I did learn from this book, which I couldn't stop reading until I polished it off in two evenings. She talks about some mental games one could play to get through rough spots during training. She also offers some training programs for half- and full-marathons that only require 3 days of running. I might have more time to train now that I am slightly less busy, but they might be worth a shot sometime!
I found the quotes Kara used for inspiration a nice break from the text, but I found it was a little unnecessary for her to explain why she "loves" every single one of those quotes. Beyond that, I think this book is great. I wish I had this when I first started, since she talks about how to stay safe when running outdoors, how to pick running garments, and other little things that would have saved me from learning on my own, the hard way.
Kara is a very relatable person, and her personal stories really bring that to light in this book.
If you'd like some summer reading, I am giving away a copy here! (US/CAN residents only) Giveaway closes at 11:59:59 PM, Thursday July 14. I will choose a winner via Random.org.
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FTC Disclaimer: I was sent this book to review, and not in any particular way. My opinions are my own!