Running for Mortals: A Commonsense Plan for Changing Your Life With Running (Review)

November 1, 2010

Book cover for "Running for Mortals" by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield.Title: Running for Mortals: A Commonsense Plan for Changing Your Life With Running

Authors: John Bingham & Jenny Hadfield

Publication Year: 2007

Pages: 288

Genre: Non-Fiction

Source: Purchased from Chapters

From the cover:

The authors of Marathoning for Mortals now show beginning runners how to fit running into their lifestyle easily.

You don’t have to run fast or competitively to reap the rewards that running has to offer. What you do need is the courage to start. That is the “Penguin mantra” that has enabled John Bingham — through his best-selling book No Need for Speed, his popular monthly column for Runner’s World magazine, and his many appearances at major running events throughout the year — to inspire thousands of men and women to take up the sport for fitness and the sheer enjoyment that running brings them.

By teaming up with coach Jenny Hadfield, his wife and coauthor on Marathoning for Mortals, Bingham lays out strategies that will help readers to safely and effortlessly integrate runs into their busy schedules. In this book, backed by Runner’s World, the authority of America’s leading running magazine, the authors provide tips for getting started, sticking to a routine, eating for energy, hydration, and training for speed and endurance.

Recently, I’ve been getting back into running after about a year off. I had only been a runner for about 6 months before that, though, so it’s not like this is something that I feel overly confident in.

So, I thought this might be a good book to read to encourage and motivate me in my “return” to the sport that I fell in love with a while back. I was looking for some ideas about integrating running in my life, and sticking with it; I had stopped running before because of surgery, but had a hard time coming back to it simply because I never got myself to start again. It seemed so simple, and yet I couldn’t do it.

This book was definitely the motivation booster that I needed. Bingham and Hadfield are positive throughout Running for Mortals, speaking largely from their personal experiences, but also telling the stories of others. They give real-life anecdotes and little tidbits of advice geared mostly towards beginning runners and those who have had trouble getting into the sport. They start from the ground up, helping readers to work up the courage to start running or stick with it if they’ve had trouble in the past.

It was really the tone and encouragement that made this book, though there was also a multitude of technical advice and training information that would be extremely useful to newer runners. Running for Mortals is a great resource for anyone trying to get themselves started or keep themselves interested in running, especially if they’re interested in running more for the “fun” and health benefits, and less in terms of need-for-speed.

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3 Comments

  • nat @book, line, and sinker November 2, 2010 at 12:33 am

    glad that this book inspired you to get back in the swing. enjoy!

  • Gita January 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Hi, I wonder if you know where I can get this book in Abu Dhabi. I’m (about to) starting running now and it seems this book is great for beginner like me. Many thanks.

    • Carina January 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      You could perhaps try one of the “big” bookshops, like the Borders in Abu Dhabi Mall? If they don’t have it on the shelves, they might be willing to order it.

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