Friday, April 25, 2014

The Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Running: A Runner's World Giveaway!

I've been running on and off for about ten years. I started running right after I turned thirty to try to lose a few pounds. I had no idea the first time I ran around the block that my love of running would become a lifestyle. I always say that running is not something that I do, it is who I am.

I'm not (too) ashamed to tell you that in the beginning, I basically did everything wrong...before I got it right. I wore the wrong clothes, the wrong socks, the wrong shoes. I raced wrong. I trained wrong. I ran too much. I rested too little. I didn't cross train. I fueled wrong. I had bad form and unrealistic goals. I hadn't yet learned the mental side.

Then little by little, over the years, one thing at a time, I started to get it right. I gained experience, I learned from my mistakes. I read a ton of books, blogs, and magazines. I talked to other runners and athletes. I applied the things I learned, and over time made great strides (pun intended) to ultimately become a better, stronger, faster runner.

If you want to start running, you can do what I did and learn the long hard way over a decade of trial and error, or you can do something much smarter.



Runner's World sent me their new book "The Big Book of Running for Beginners" to review. As I read through the book, I was struck with the thought, "I wish I had this book when I was a new runner." Maybe I wouldn't have had to spend the better part of ten years figuring it out. Runner's World is clearly an influential magazine and important resource for runners of all levels. Why not get the best advice you can get, up front, direct from the running experts?

The book covers everything you need to know about how to get started running, nutrition and weight loss, managing and preventing injuries, plus tons of helpful Q&A, and motivating stories. My favorite chapter was Start Running in Five Easy Steps! Yes, anyone can be a runner. You don't have be particularity athletic (I am the clumsiest person I know), a certain body type, size, or age. You can take the training plans and lessons in this book and apply them immediately to start your own journey as a runner. Anyone can lace up their shoes, hit the streets, and instantly become a runner, but after reading this book you'll likely be two steps ahead of the average beginning runner. As the quote in my header says...

"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." John Bingham.

After I read through the book, I realized that a new runner (or maybe one of my readers) would really get a lot of good information from this book, so I decided to giveaway to you my own copy of Runner's World: The Big Book of Running for Beginners. It is slightly used because I read it, but otherwise in new condition. Honestly, as an experienced runner, I picked up some good tips from this book.

If you want to buy the book or learn more, you can do it here (this is not an affiliate link, which means I do not gain anything if you click or buy, I am just providing the link for your convenience).

If you want to try to win my personal copy of the book, just leave a comment and fill out the Rafflecopter form telling me that you did. There are plenty of ways to earn extra entries on the Rafflecopter form.

Who wants to be a runner? Enter to win!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

GIVEAWAY RULES:  
Contest runs 4/26/2014 to 5/5/14
No purchase necessary.
1 winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter.
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.
Winner will notified via email (if available) and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.
Contestants must enter on the Rafflecopter form in order to win.
All winning entries will be verified. If the required or winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.
Prize will be shipped directly from Running with Ollie in Texas

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54 comments :

  1. I have a few weeks between trainings, this seems like a great book to read to try and improve! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I've been running for a while, but I'm always on the look out for new information!

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    1. Yes! I found a lot of good information in it, even for an experienced runner.

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  3. I am a runner and love it ! I would love to read the tips from this book!

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  4. How nice of you! I hope someone who is a NEW runner will win it! :)

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  5. I started running about 8 months ago. I'm currently training for a half marathon and would LOVE to win this book!

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    1. I think you would really like it! Good luck on your half!

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  6. I love running! I definitely need to learn more tips though!

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  8. Brandy Z (aka Bayb Heart)April 26, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I've been running for years but with more information perhaps I'd be better at it (instead of a slow, short distance runner). :)

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  9. I've been running since 2010...but am ALWAYS learning something new :) I have seen a few of my favorite bloggers rave about this book and would love to check it out!!!

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  10. Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm hoping to run the Princess Half at WDW, so this book would be a great read.

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  11. Yes, please! I just started running in February, so I am still learning lots. Winning this book would be amazing! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. I've read a few reviews on this book and it sounds like it is full of lots of great tips!

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  13. I would love a book of running tips!

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  14. How sweet of you to give away your copy! Even with all the blogs I read, even when I do run I don't think it's right. It may be why I don't love it as much as I did at first. The temperatures have to be jut right for me to go out there. LOL

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  15. I've been running for a few years but it's always great to get new tips!

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  16. I'm still a beginner, but considering a half at some point. I can use all the good info I can get!

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  17. A helpful book on running...that'd be nice.

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  18. even for an experienced runner, it's good to go back to the basics :)

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  19. This book looks amazing! I would love to have it since I have been running for less than a year. I can still learn a lot!

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  20. I'm not a beginner but love to read everything I can about running!

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  21. I'm trying to get into running, I guess I must be doing something wrong, because I'm terrible at it! I keep doing the C25K and giving up at week 3. This book would help! :)

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  22. Would love to win! I am a runner too but I think knowledge is power and I like to soak up as much info as possible!

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  23. I started running 5Ks last year, but in Nov. of this year, I will run my first 10K (10K Across the Bay). This book seems like it would be a great help as I prepare for that.

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  24. I've been meaning to pick this book up. I would love to win it!

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  25. I've just started running, and I need some guidance--this book looks perfect!

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  26. I would love to win this since I am trying to transition from intervals to full running!

    Entered the rafflecopter form as "Wild Orchid"

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  27. I wouldnt mind a copy. I havent been running very long and can always learn more.

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  28. This could be a handy resource even for seasoned runner. The basics are often forgotten.

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  29. Runner's World has done a great job with their other books. I'd love to see how this advice compares to what I say when people ask me for advice. Also, everyone is a beginner in some respect so I'm sure I'd learn a lot by reading it.

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  30. I've completed 5 half-marathons but I still feel like a beginner. I'd love to have this book as a resource.

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  31. I just started runnnig, and this book would be PERFECT <3

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  32. Hello! I started my serious running journey this August. Although I have ran (and finished) a half marathon, I believe I can always learn something new.

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  33. This book look great! Always love a good running book!

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  34. My sister is a runner so I've "picked it up". I really don't know the logistics of it all. Fatleks is a word that makes me laugh but apparently it really helps in running. Speed work for me is to just go faster, I didn't realize there is a method of how fast and when!!! Ugh! I think I NEED this book!!!

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  35. I'm trying to get back into running after many years and it looks like an excellent book!

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  36. I recently started to actually enjoy running for the first time. I always did it just because I knew I should stay fit, but now it's fun! I'd love some real advice on how to run properly and increasing distance and speed.

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  37. I love that quote that you shared! Too often people will judge others (or themselves) and say that frequency or pace has something to do with it, and therefore someone "isn't a runner"- that's sad to me :(

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  38. It's so sweet of you to share your copy. :-)

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  39. I am starting training for my first marathon in October and I love all types of running books. This book seems so information packed and love that there is a chapter on what to eat and fuel, a topic I am very interested in.

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  40. I totally agree with the quote...if you run you are a runner!

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  41. I love reading all things running related. I've been running for a year and a half now.

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  42. A friend of mine could benefit from this book. Hope to win it to give it away!

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  43. I would love to win, just started consistently running!

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  44. This is my eleventh week of serious running and I'm LOVING it! I would love to win this book, as I am extremely hungry for all the information I can get right now!

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  45. I'm not a new runner, but I have a friend at work who is very overweight and desperately wanting to be a runner, but fears she doesn't fit in with runners. I think getting her this book would be a great way to show her that it's possible and she CAN become a runner (with a plan and tips from this book). Thanks!

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