REVIEW: The Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners

Disclosure: I received this book from Rodale, Inc, however, all opinions expressed are my own. Oh, and no spoilers, from me or Duggy ๐Ÿ˜‰


A few weeks ago, I was offered the opportunity to review a new publication from Runner’s World – their new guide to beginning for runners, aptly titled: The Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners. Of course, I jumped at the chance; and for a few reasons, namely:

  • It was co-written by an awesome mix of running/nutrition experts
  • Its release (it just hit bookstores yesterday) lines up well for big Fall/Winter goal setting
  • You can always learn more!!

You see, when I first received the book, and shared my excitment about it on Instagram, I definitely got a fair share of humorous comments – after all, after 9 marathons, 14 half marathons, and four years of running, was I, in fact, still a beginning runner? Well, to that, I can proudly proclaim, YES! Although I definitely have a passion and love for the sport, I definitely see myself on the “lower experience” spectrum when it comes to knowledge, so this book was right up my alley.

What’s it about?

Just as the title proclaims, this certainly is a BIG book – it runs 235+ pages, and covers a multitude of topics, from the basics of “Getting Started,” to Nutrition and Weight Loss (a big reason that lots of people start running) and Staying Healthy/Managing Injuries. Interspersed between this big topics are positive and motivation stories from real people that come from all walks of life, but have running as their common thread.

Who would benefit from this the most?

This book was not meant to be read like a novel, but the book nerd I am, I once again went that route, reading cover to cover, and often finding myself paging back to re-read stories, or sections. The book breaks lots of common questions/topics down into sidebars and charts, which help you focus your attention on the information most pertinent to YOU.

As I mentioned before, I still consider myself a beginner a lot times, and I truly feel like I did benefit from the content of this book – whether it was information that I already knew, that helped me reaffirm my knowledge, or quick guides to common ponderings like what to eat before a workout (pg. 129 has a rocking chart for how to fuel for different types of workouts – and goesย the extra distance to tell you WHY it is a good choice).

What was your favorite part?

Truthfully, as I read this book, I was stuck between wishing this book existed when I began my own running journey, while simultaneously feeling thankful that I was able to piece together this information on my own – I guess you could say that for me, running is more of a journey than a destination, so I don’t regret anything about how I got where I am today, but boy, if I had had this tool, it would have been a bit easier ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am glad to include this book in my ever-growing running library, and as my online coaching ramps up, I think it will be a valuable tool to refer to when my runners have questions that I can answer, but might need a little extra “back up” on – especially on topics I am not as strong in, like specific nutrition needs.

Anddd the most important question…what did Dug think?

Well, Dug spent some time with this book, and even more time watching me read it, so I guess you could say he is glad that running is a bit more uncomplicated when it comes to being a dog (see something outside…chase it!) but maybe that’s a lesson we should all heed to…have fun, and always be curious ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your favorite running books?


  1. This book sounds like it is something I need. I haven’t been a “consistent” runner, but I want to be. Sounds like a handy tool to have as reference so I’m not constantly checking online and getting hundreds of different answers to my questions! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I am really curious to read this! Only been a runner for 2 years and 9months of that I was pregnant. I have lots to learn!

  3. I’ve only read two books about running: mile markers and eat & run. I’ve loved them both, and they will definitely be books I return to over and over again.

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