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Easy Running Plans Paperback – 28 January 2020
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"Whether you are new to running or trying to improve, Easy Running Plans will help. Gaudette has distilled decades of coaching experience into a simple, sensible, easy-to-follow, and holistic plan."--Daniel Lieberman, professor and chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University
"Jeff Gaudette excels at distilling essential training principles and explaining scientific research in clear and practical terms. Easy Running Plans cuts through all the confusion about running form, stretches, and strength work, providing simple instructions on how to perform key exercises and drills and then integrating them into easy-to-follow training plans."--Jonathan Beverly, editor-in-chief of PodiumRunner
"As a long time athlete and coach, I've seen many runners (myself included) have injury interrupt their training--and sometimes even cost them their joy of running. In Easy Running Plans, Jeff has created a step-by-step guide for beginning runners to find long term success. He lays out a path we both wish we had taken in our running careers: paying attention to the foundational elements of running--form, posture, and strength--from the beginning. Easy Running Plans is a complete guide to doing exactly that and will provide a lot of value for new runners and veterans alike."--Ryan Warrenburg, running coach at ZAP Endurance
About the Author
JEFF GAUDETTE is a runner, coach, and author. He started his running career in high school. After graduating from Brown University, he ran professionally and then began his coaching career. In 2011, Jeff founded RunnersConnect.net, a website that helps coach more than 1,000 runners in 42 states and 15 countries.
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Ideal for someone starting out.
Amazing for begginers
This really is a one stop shop for everyone from beginners to experienced runners. There are chapters in the beginning that cover running gear, alignment/posture, mastering your stride, technique drills and preventing injury. There's also a host of stretching and strength training exercises specifically designed to improve all aspects of a runner's form and ability. At the back are a series of training plans for every level of experience.
I'm currently quarantined at home (during the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak) and have started doing the no-nonsense strength work-outs so I can get back out on the road. I think this is just what I needed to inspire me and help focus my efforts. This is a great resource for anyone looking to start a running regimen, someone looking to get back into it or an experienced runner looking to improve their form, speed or distance.
I’m really glad I ordered this book. It’s easy to follow. The different category chapters are bright and energetic. The illustrations are as well—I appreciated those not being boring black and white.
I was a trainer for years and know a lot about form but running is just different. Different sports/exercise often needs different training, and this book will help me to stop injuring myself, or having those weird uncomfortable neck/shoulder pain runners can get. It’ll be specific training and educational form that will enhance my running experience—and make it more effective, and make it safer.
There are enough guides and tips; there is a schedule at the end of the book; there’s the illustrations with instructions. What there isn’t is a lot of long boring self-indulgent text that I have to wade through to get to the basic fundamentals of what I need, but, it’s still personable to read—I like that.
This book is inviting me to educate myself. It’ll also be a refresher for things I’ve forgotten from my personal training certification classes I had many years ago.
There is a lot of repetition - like in stretches and exercises they book explains the same ones several times; not a big deal but I wondered if that space in the book could have held new information.
So, I'm a beginner and this book has been awesome. The author explains all the basics of running, breaking down concepts like "stride" and "alignment" into usable concepts. He starts with form, then dives into the drills, exercises, and types of runs. The drills and exercises have full color illustrations to explain how to do them, which has been helpful. It takes a few times, but you get them down pretty quick.
The last chapter has a bunch of different running plans scheduled out over 8 to 10 weeks. It breaks down each day, laying out whether you run or rest, how long and what type of run you do, the strength exercise, and the stretching. The strength exercises focus on different muscle groups and are pretty effective, I think. The focus for early runs definitely seems slow, but I've already seen improvement over the last three weeks.
Overall, the book is a great introduction for people who have been interested in running but never got serious about it. I'm not an expert runner, so I can't comment on whether it works for them.
This is a great introduction guide to running!
It starts with the absolute basics - how to find good running shoes and what to wear with running. It also gives you tips on posture, how to stretch, and how to work out. There are drawings in the book that show you how to do the stretches and exercises. There's also tips on staying motivated, how you find your pace, and how to increase training.
There are also sample training guides in the back! You can choose if you are running for fun, competitively, or for a specific distance race there is a training plan with suggestions of how far to run and when, what exercises to do, and how to strength train. It's a surprisingly thorough book. It doesn't go into a lot of depth, but it does explain why specific steps are recommended so you can understand why you're doing it.
Overall this is a great guide for beginning runners who like visual guides.
The strength and conditioning parts were very good - but I did find them confusing with so many different labels and options at times. I'm a marathoner who was looking for good strength plans and these do fit the bill but it can be tough to see how they fit into my training when I am not using his plans. The tips are helpful - and I do like the book is a bit larger without being full sheet of paper large so I can lay it down when I am working out.
I wish the strength routines had better clarity on exactly when they should be used that wasn't all tied into the plans in the book, but otherwise this is a very solid book, easy to read, and the exercises and techniques are solid from my view as a runner who has run many marathons and shorter distances.
After all of the “intro” information, they provide 7 sample plans starting off at beginners going to running your first marathon. Another thing I appreciated was that they created a running plan for noncompetitive beginner and intermediate runners because not everyone starts running to compete in marathons.