Overall: If you really into your running and want to learn things you have never known, then this book is it. Now, unless you into technical detail and are prepared to read a large book. Its not ideal for the beginner but those who been in running for some years, race and maybe competitive too. But its full of information which can help your running. The training programs for 10k to ultras from some of the best. The advice given is well worth reading too. The section on injuries is particularly interesting and learn't from this. Enjoyed reading and always refer to this book than any other.
Overall: Prefer chocolate rather than vanilla and if you use vanilla, add a banana and have it as a smoothie. Doesn't mix up well and you get powdery clumps which is not too good. But it does make me feel good, better and more alert after a extensive or a long run.
'A interesting book and well recommended reading for any marathon runner.'
Overall: This is one book which I have to say, I enjoyed reading. The author, Hal Higdon, who done over 100 marathons gives his experience and insight which I found very useful. It is not a book full of features. The book have chapters which caters the beginner which I would recommend any newcomer to read this. Then it goes into your first marathon. Beware, this is a american book so you will read about american marathons but that doesn't matter. The following chapters caters advice on training. I found chapter 8,9,10 regarding long runs,speedwork and strategies quite useful. The book goes into technical detail which you won't find in other books and might surprise you. The training schedules at the end of the book covers 18 weeks between novice and expert which is pretty limited but its concise. In all, its a marathon book worth reading. To a newcomer, you might read it, maybe get confused and give up. But you will learn something out of this book which might stay with you in your running career.
'A big book but covers most about running and the marathon.'
Overall: This is quite a good book to read. Sadly, its not a straightforward book so read it thoroughly. But in a nutshell, it will help you into running. It have a starting out section which includes some tests about your current fitness and answers some concerns or questions you might have. The second section explains goes into training. It also explains technical jargon like lactate threshold and VOz max. It also gives you good detail about buying shoes and running gear. Very useful and handy. The third section goes into exercises and warming up and gives a good breakdown of exercises and well explained. The next section is the 16 week programme which have different levels suited to you. There is a section which is about motivation which is very useful and you can learn from what is said in this book. There are sections on nutrition which explains about fats, carbo,fluids even alcohol as well as explaining about vitamins and minerals. A section called crisis management which is about safety, the weather, injury. A guide on preparing for race day and the race itself and after the marathon. This is a book that covers most about running and the marathon. It is well written but its really a book about running rather than soley on the marathon. Its a good reference and if you are a beginner, you can learn from this book too.
Overall: Halie Gebreselassie is one of my idols, even met him once at a race. This book follows Gebreselassie`s life from growing up in poverty and the hard work that has made him one of the greatest athletes in distance running. His life story is fasinating and the book is well written. If you want some inspiration in your life and in running. This book is well worth a read. You might learn a thing or two from this great runner.
'If you into trail, fell or navigating. This is a good but expensive.'
Overall: I been given one to test for a friend. But its abit heavy but the feel of the watch is good. You can tell it is good quality and the battery is not bad either. The PC software works well and gives you plenty of features as does the watch itself. To be honest, this won`t suit the ordinary runner but more towards trail, navigating and so on. For the price, its expensive and would rather opt for the others.
'Nice small book, very handy and ideal for those new to running'
Overall: This is a nice book which can help you if you new and want to learn about running. The book have six levels dedicated from starter level (complete newcomer) to upper level (the experienced). Regarding gear. The shoes gives you a simple but clear definition of each shoe type. This is the same for the rest on this section. On nutrition. Again, short and clear on food group, refueling and eating. The section on stretching gives you the rundown of warm up exercises and shows you want to do. On injuries. This is pretty short and would expect abit more. It gives you five common injuries and treatments. However, I would seek more if you have a injury that refer to this book. There is short section on cross-training. The bulk of the book is the training schedules which is based on the six levels. Each level gives you schedules for 10k, half and marathons. Its designed to be short, sweet and simple. In a nutshell, its a good book. Its not thr best running book out there and there are plenty that you can refer to. But this gives you a basic idea of running.
'Ideal for learning about the marathon. Little outdated'
Overall: This is a comprehensive book which covers the marathon. It starts with a good history of the marathon (if you want to know). The getting started section is good and gives you a breakdown of what gear you need which is good for a beginner. The exercises are clear and concise and pretty useful. The best feature is the training diary. This is 17 week build up where you can fill in your details every day. It even have advice for each week too. The final week of the marathon gives you a day by day guide to the big day. The nutriton section is useful and does explain very well about carbo, fats and proteins. The back of the book have a list of websites including RW as well as list of UK and world marathons. If you want a book which you fill your training in and follow each week, then this book will help.
Overall: I`m not sure why Lucozade want to do a orange flavour energy bar. Its abit like a rice crispie bar with orange paste. Would rather have a chocolate flavour one instead. Its not bad after a long run or inbetween cycling sessions. But its not my favourite sadly.