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A comprehensive guide exclusively for women who experience the pure joy of running—or want to.
More women than ever are discovering the unique benefits of running -- for stress relief, weight management, endurance, and self-esteem. Women's bodies are not the same as men's, and though we can train just as hard and with the same passion for excellence, we have certain special concerns.
It's the simplest, fastest, most accessible way to fitness and good health known to woman. You don't need a partner, equipment, or even much time. Now, Claire Kowalchik, former managing editor of Runner's World magazine, answers every question about the overwhelmingly popular activity that builds endurance, melts fat, and even prevents illness. In this total running book for women, you'll learn:
-How to get started and stay motivated
-What to eat for optimal nutrition
-How to run during pregnancy and after menopause
-Why running is the most effective form of exercise
-How to prevent and treat injury
-What to wear -- from sports bras to running shoes
-How to prepare for everything from a 5K to a marathon
Authoritative and friendly, The Complete Book of Running for Women is a sourcebook for both beginners and long-time runners. Along with wisdom drawn from the author's personal experience, you'll find advice from the experts: coaches, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, doctors, and other women runners. Including question-and-answer sections and a complete list of resources, The Complete Book of Running for Women tells you everything you need to know to be off and running toward better health and richer living.
Offers a comprehensive guide for both beginners and long-time runners, furnishing advice on such topics as nutrition, injury prevention and treatment, and motivation.
Authoritative and friendly, this total running book is the perfect companion for both beginners and long-time runners, featuring advice from the experts on exercise physiologists, nutritionists, doctors, and other women runners. Illustrations.
About the Author
Claire Kowalchik is the former managing editor at Runner's World. She has also been a book editor at Rodale Press, and written for numerous sports and fitness publications. She has run eight marathons and countless races, and is an assistant instructor for a women's running group. Claire currently resides in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
PART I Why Run?
1 Running for the Body
2 Running for the Mind
3 Sex Differences
ESSAY: SAYING IS BEING, BY DAWSON WINCH
PART II Becoming a Runner
4 The Mindset
5 The Elements of Running
6 Running Safely
7 Finding Motivation
ESSAY: OUT THE DOOR -- TWICE, BY PATRICIA LOCKHART
PART III Calories, Carbos, and Weight Concerns
8 The Nutrients You Need
9 Your Healthy Weight
10 Body Image
ESSAY: BIGGER AND BETTER, BY SUSAN LINDFORS
PART IV Your Special Concerns as a Woman
ESSAY: "SHUFFLING" FOR BALANCE (AND THE OCCASIONAL PITCHER OF BEER), BY ELIZABETH SHIMER
PART V Getting into Gear
16 Other Stuff...
ESSAY: THANK YOU, MR. SIDELINES, BY MEG WALDRON
PART VI Running Enhancements
18 Strength Training
20 Treadmill Running
ESSAY: HURT SO GOOD, BY VIDA MORKUNAS
PART VII Racing
21 The Joy of Racing
22 Training to Race
23 The 5-K and 10-K
24 The Marathon and Half-Marathon
ESSAY: CHAMPIONS, BY MEGAN OTHERSEN GORMAN
PART VIII Injury Prevention and Treatment
25 Preventing Injury
26 Common Injuries
27 Stitches and Other Running Glitches
ESSAY: LETTING GO, BY MARLENE CIMONS
PART IX Running for a Lifetime
28 Running and Family
30 A Celebration of Women's Running
ESSAY: RUNNING TO CATCH THE HERO INSIDE, BY KATHRINE SWITZER