The Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners

Hello! I’m finally sharing my thoughts on The Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners! (Below)

Thank you for all the comments on my Craziest Thing I’ve Seen on a Run post – the things you guys shared on Instagram made me laugh! A fish – no where near water. An ax?! I can go on…


I have a busy Tuesday going on over here, but first I started the day with a run. I take Sundays and Thursdays as rest days – unless I have a Sunday race and then I take Mondays off.

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Just thought I’d share that in case you want to know my life story.

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Today’s post isn’t just about the RW book. I also have a tip for ya…

Just the tip: Buy two of these bags. Then, you will have some left after you open the bag on the way home and eat them ALL. Hey, don’t the healthy peeps always tell us to “eat your greens!”?! Well, I did.

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Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners

A rep from Runner’s World sent me the RW Big Book Of Running for Beginners book a few weeks ago and I’ve been flipping through it slowly. The good thing is it’s not a novel so you don’t have to read it from start to finish in one shot. Most times I’ve opened it up to a random page and read some tips.

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I realize I am not a new runner, but it’s always good to remember the basics! This was a good refresher to remind me the things YOU might want to read about too.

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The book’s authors are very well known runner experts – Jennifer Van Allen, Bart Yasso and Amby Burfoot.

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My favorite thing about the book is the #1 step of the “How to become a runner in 5 steps” chapter. I started my fitness journey by walking. I very very gradually found runner. And I’m still a big believer in walking for exercise and weight loss.

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If you want to buy the book you can get it here.

I’m also giving away my copy of the book. I’ll send it anywhere in the world – so all are welcome to enter.

To Win This Copy of the RW’s Book of Running: Leave a comment on this post with the name of the last book you read.

Closes: 4/30 at 8am PST. Open to residents of Earth. All opinions are my own. I was provided with this book by RW.


  1. Allison says

    The last book I read was Stardust by Neil Gaiman. It was a great I-need-something-light-to-read-before-bed type of book.

  2. says

    I would love to read this book. Training for my first marathon and could use all the tips I could get! Last book I read was The Body Book by Cameron Diaz. I actually haven’t finished it because my e-reader decided to call it quits on me! Boo. But it was really good!

  3. Mary Burleson says

    The last book I read was Gone Girl. I am actually training right now to run my 1st Half Marathon and would love to get tips from The Big Book of Running for Beginners!

  4. Paola A says

    I just finished The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. It was a great book, not sci-fi, but her storytelling is so grabbing. Right now reading The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. I am loving it so far and I think I’ll get a great lesson out of it about appreciating every second and not worrying about it either. And listening to Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere on my long runs, that counts right?

  5. Amber says

    The last book I read was the Tomboy Bride about a woman living in the mining camps of Colorado back in the day.

  6. Ashlee says

    I’m currently reading The Chris Farley Show by Tom Farley Jr. and Tanner Colby. I also love the “Big Book of..” I have the women’s health one for exercises and it’s great!

  7. says

    I traded reading for running about a year ago so unfortunately the last book I read was a long time ago. It was ‘Water For Elephants’.

  8. says

    Hmm, let’s see. The last book I read was The Fault in Our Stars! I actually didn’t love it, so I’m on to something entirely different now – Daring Greatly by Brené Brown.

  9. Leann D says

    I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire… I’m in denial that I have finals this week.

  10. Amy says

    I just re-read Born To Run last week. It was my fourth or fifth time reading it, but I still haven’t gotten up the nerve to run barefoot. My feet are sensitive. 😉

  11. says

    Dried peas are the best. I picked up a bag at the grocery store this weekend but haven’t opened them yet because when I do, I know that I’ll eat the whole thing…

    I’ve been really bad about reading real books this year. The last e-book I read AD-versaries (Jake Ainsworth).

  12. says

    I have a bad habit of starting books, reading half, then starting another and reading half. So I have a lot of half-read books right now. But my most recent half read book is called Whiskey Women….it’s about how women are basically badasses and were important in the history of making delicious Whiskey what it is today! Holla

  13. Heather Cory says

    The last book I read was “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, I loved it! I can’t wait to read more of her books. I also have my eye on “The Fault in Our Stars.” I’m currently training for the Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon in June, so this book would be a great help to remind me of the running basics!

  14. says

    The last book I read was House of Cards by Michael Dobbs. After watching the Netflix series in a shameful amount of time, I needed more. Very entertaining book, and fun to compare it to the show!

  15. Irene says

    New reader to your blog and just started following your couch to 5K..Day 2 complete! The last book I read was Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain

  16. Emily says

    I love running books. The last book I read was No Meat Athlete, and this one would be a great addition to my ever-growing collection of running resources!

  17. says

    I am just beginning to really dive into running, so this book looks great! I just finished an excellent book on healthy eating habits called “Made to Crave.” It’s about turning our cravings for food toward healthier cravings and re-wiring our brains to crave the right things in life!

  18. Shannon B. says

    Just finished “Red Hill” it had zombies in it, which I didn’t know when I got it or I probably wouldn’t have even gave it a chance, not too bad of a book.

  19. Georgina says

    Currently reading Born to Run! Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it soon…the last book I read was The Ghost Map for a public health class

  20. Ali C says

    I’m in the middle of After Her but I just finished Dark Places. I think I need to pick something a little lighter for my next read:)

  21. Karin says

    The last book I finished was Hal Higdon’s Marathon Guide, now on to the Divergent Series. Wouldn’t mind another free running book, I need all of the inspiration I can get!

  22. says

    I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It was just meh. But I read the newest book on Lance Armstrong earlier this year and it was fantastic. I can’t get enough of him and the controversy around him.

  23. Samantha says

    The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley! What a great book about education in our world today!

  24. Kaylie says

    The last book I finished was Born to Run and now I’m reading ChiRunning! I’m kind of addicted to all things running right now.

  25. Tara says

    I would love to check out this book!
    I am currently reading ‘look me in the eye-my life with Aspergers’ by John Elder Robison.

  26. says

    The last book I read was Hyperbole and a half : unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened by Allie Brosh. Not for the faint of heart, but hilarious. (in other words it has potty words)

  27. says

    I am not a new runner, but like you said, it’s always good to be reminded of the basics! I would love to win this! The last book I read was Insurgent, the second book of the Divergent series. I’m on the third book right now and it’s so good!

  28. Cynthia says

    This book would be great! I last read (well sifted through) Chi Running, which a coworker actually lent to me when I first began my running journey like 8 months ago. Not quite my jam but interesting nonetheless.

  29. says

    I just finished Infections and Inequalities by Paul Farmer.. It’s really good if you’re super into infectious disease and the inequity of healthcare (I AM) but if you’re not you probably won’t get past the prologue haha

  30. Brecka Coonradt says

    The last book I read was Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I am obsessed with all of her books!

  31. Leanne says

    Sad to admit it, but Fifty Shades of Grey was the last book I read. A bit later than most people, but finally finished it!

  32. Sherilyn says

    I’m in school so I don’t read a whole lot but I’d love to read this book! The last book I read was “Physical Examination and History Taking” for my Health Assessment class :)

  33. says

    I’m almost done The Night Circus – it is pretty good. Born to Run is one of my fav running books but also “What I talk about when I talk about running” – that one is fun because Murakami is so weird and awesome.

  34. Wendy says

    I’m reading the Women’s Big book of exercises. My workout routine is getting a little boring, just trying to find some cool new moves.

  35. Molly says

    The last book I read was Crime and Punishment. Kinda going through this phase where I’m reading all the classics.

  36. Natalie says

    The last book I read was Divergent because I wanted to read it before the movie came out. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I loved the book!

  37. Dana says

    i listen to audiobooks while i walk to and from school: ‘someday someday maybe’ is lauren graham’s book (lorelai gilmore!) and she reads the audio version, which is what made it a good book.

  38. says

    I read “The Answer to the Riddle is Me,” a FASCINATING auto-bio about the terrifying hallucinogenic and amnesiac effects that a commonly prescribed anti-malaria medication had on a American Fulbright fellow studying in India. Gripping stuff!

  39. Sarah says

    Yay for shipping internationally! The last book I read was (don’t judge) – “Bed of Roses” by Nora Roberts. I’m half way thru the bride quartet. I don’t have wedding fever at all….

  40. Harini says

    I just finished reading “The Orphan Train.” I loved learning about a piece of history I had never even heard about before.

  41. Cara says

    The last book I read was my GRE prep book.. Blah! Would love to switch it up and read about making my running better!

  42. Emily Peters says

    I love the concept of that book-I need it! : )
    I’m reading a really interesting book (probably not to anyone else but I’m a teacher AND a super-nerd) called “Disrupting Class” and it’s about how we can change the way the world learns.

  43. Jen T says

    I just finished The Elephant Tree, and now I’m on to The Good Luck of Right Now (by Matthew Quick, the author of Silver Linings Playbook)

  44. Wendy says

    Hmm the last book I read was Desert Blood by Gaspar de Alba. Good book on the Juarez femicides in Mexico.

  45. Victoria R. says

    Would love a copy of this book!
    The last book I read was “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter. Super interesting book but definitely freaked me out about my current diet.

  46. Melissa says

    The last book I read was Allegiant in the Divergent series! Ive been wanting this book so I hope I win!!!

  47. Courtney says

    I’m reading Divergent right now… I actually liked the movie better than I like the book. That’s a first!

  48. Rachel says

    I am reading The Daniel Plan currently but my next read is Run! by Dean Karnazes. I devour all books food and running related. It’s a problem :)

  49. Melanie says

    “Spark!: The revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain” is the last book I read. As I get older, I am starting to worry more about losing my noodle.

    I think the next books I’m going to read are the Divergent series since it seems to be so madly popular here :)

  50. Georgie says

    I’m reading ‘A Hundred Pieces of Me’ at the moment. A really good moving on with your life after a struggle story. I’d recommend it!

  51. says

    “Dorothy Must Die” … a girl goes back to Oz & Dorothy has taken over & she’s evil – along with the Scarecrow, lion & tinman & Glenda… its awesome!

  52. Rob says

    I just finished two Stephen King books: Under the Dome and The Green Mile.

    BTW, I love the redesign of your blog (I do most of my blog reading through an rss reading app, so apologies if it’s been this way for months and I just missed it).

  53. Jennifer says

    The last book I read was Dostoevsky: The Seeds of Revolt. His real life was just as interesting as his fiction!

  54. says

    The last book I read was The Book Theif. A very good book. I try to alternate between novels and more informational type books. I would really like to learn even more about running.

  55. Tracey says

    The secret keeper by Kate Morton was the last book I read and enjoyed. I would also like to read this book, I just finished my first half marathon on Sunday and I am planning my next!

  56. CARRIE says

    The last book I read ‘I Love You Through And Through’ by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak.
    It’s my 2 year old son’s FAVORITE book! We read it every night before bed….it’s always the last one read! :)

  57. JJ says

    The last book I read was Horton Hears A Who. It’s my 3 year olds favorite book and we read it at bed time last night.

  58. Hadas says

    The last book I read was “every man dies alone” by Hans Fallada about the German resistance in Berlin during World War II.

  59. Jen says

    I honestly can’t remember the name of the last book that I finished, because I usually have more than one going at a time! Right now I’m pretty deep into Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer, and it’s really good. I’ll be starting the Divergent series pretty soon too.

  60. teresa deal says

    The last book I read was, “The Light Between the Oceans” – loved it! I read it as part of my book club – the consensus was that is was very good! Enjoy it!

  61. ChristineB says

    This book looks great! The last book I read was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Such a cute book – I’d definitely recommend it if you need something not too heavy!

  62. Lea J. says

    The last book I read was a book about persuasion for school unfortunately.
    The last book I read FOR FUN was The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Dark, but good.

  63. says

    The last book I read was “All The Money In The World What the Happiest People Know About Wealth” and I am currently reading “Wheat Belly”!

    • Kristen says

      Did you enjoy the book? The movie was just one HBO this past weekend and it was so depressing! It ended and I just sat there waiting for something to happen!

  64. says

    The last book I read was One Day by David Nicholls. Loved this book. I’m inbetween books right now but have a really bad habit of starting more than one at once – keeping one in my bag and one by my bed!

  65. Shelley Mahoney says

    I would love this book! I just read ‘ The spirit catches you and you fall down.’ Great book

  66. Deanne says

    I just (re-)read Running From Start to Finish by John Stanton, a Canadian author and the owner of several running stores. The copy I have has an awesome ’90s aesthetic, but the wisdom is just as relevant today!

  67. Natalie says

    The last book I read was “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. A little behind in the phenomenon that was the books and movies but enjoying it thus far.

  68. Katie James says

    Just finished Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. Best book if you want to laugh hard enough to get funny looks on a crowded subway

  69. Kelly M says

    When I Break by Kendall Ryan…..but that time may have been better spent reading that chapter on losing weight and keeping it off :(

  70. Kelsey M. says

    The last book I read was Peter Pan. Research for my next acting project! I’ve been eyeing the Runner’s World book in the stores for a while…

  71. says

    The last book I read was “The Best Food Writing of 2013.” It was a fabulous collection of food essays and reviews from the last year, highly recommend!

  72. Jacqueline says

    I’m currently reading Brain Training for Runners by Matt Fitzgerald and I’m totally digging it. Fitzgerald champions a brain centered approach to training instead of the traditional (and outdated) catastrophe theory.

  73. Jacqueline says

    I’m currently reading Brain Training for Runners by Matt Fitzgerald and I’m totally digging it. Fitzgerald champions a brain centered approach to training instead of the traditional (and outdated) catastrophe theory.

  74. Shanelle Farr says

    I’m currently reading The Babysisters Club-Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann Martin :) I’ve been into reading the books I read when I was younger..

  75. Andrea says

    I just finished The End of my Life Book Club. It was my pick for this month’s book club that I hosted, too. It was a great book! Now we’re reading The Kitchen God’s Wife and so far it’s really good.

  76. Joanne says

    I just finished Anna Karenina. It took me 9 months to get through it! I see many have read Gone Girl, and I agree it was a great read. Looking forward to seeing the movie.

  77. Annemarie/Carmie says

    Hello! Like many who have posted, the last book that I read was Gone Girl. The day I finished it the trailer for the movie with Ben Affleck came out! It looks fun, too!

  78. Stacey says

    Last book I read was The Kitchen House. It was great!
    Are you planning on running the Mammoth Lakes Half in June?

  79. Jean says

    I’m reading The Husband’s secret by Liane Moriarty. I’d love the beginning running book My daughter is on a mission trip and would like me to get more into running while she is gone. Maybe this would help?

  80. Lola says

    I just found you via Fitness Magazine’s best weight loss blogs, and I’m so glad I did! The last book I read was “Redefining Realness” by Janet Mock.

  81. Christina Turley says

    I have only been running since Sept. 2013. Two Half’s, 10k, and many 5k’s under my belt and my first 10miler this weekend. One thing I have learned while on the journey and training is that you always have something to learn and everyone is a beginner:-) The last book I read was “The Lovely Bones”

  82. Bobbie says

    I am not a new runner but I’d be willing to bet there are some fabulous tips in this book regardless.
    The last book I read and technically am still paging through is How I Quit Sugar–Sarah Wilson

  83. Tahleen says

    Hmm, the last complete book I read was Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs, but I’m almost done with The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon and about halfway through Rush Me by Allison Parr (the last one is a friend from my teen years, and it’s really good!).

  84. Liz Mitchell says

    The last book I read was last year, I’m bad I get sucker into watching too much reality tv. The book was My Antoniá by Willa Cather.

  85. says

    Oooh! I would love to win this **Giveaway** for this book! To answer your question for the Giveaway, the last book I read was “Unbroken.” I love inspiring books and although I’ve been a runner, I’m always open to learning new things b/c I certainly have room to improve.
    ~Amy :-)

  86. says

    The last book I read was The Anglican Way by Thomas McKenzie. (It just came out and it’s really good, if anyone is interested in learning more about the Anglican tradition. :-))

  87. Stacy says

    The last book I read was “Orange was the New Black”, loved the show on Netflix so much had to read the book, what a disappointment! Currently reading “The fault in our stars”, so far so good!

  88. Jennifer says

    Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal & Gone Girl – I LOVE to listen to audiobooks while I run, so I hope the last book I listened to counts as the last book I “read”!

  89. Kate W says

    I’m only admitting it because this is the internet and you don’t know me 😉
    It was called “Three Weeks with Lady X” by Eloisa James. I’m a sucker for a trashy romance novel now that it’s Autumn and getting colder (other hemisphere… So I could definitely use some extra running motivation right about now!)

  90. BreannaS says

    The last book I finished was divergent and I am now working on the next one as well as ultra marathon man by dean karnazes.

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