This is the type of book I have been looking for. And it came at a very handy time in my running journey… right before I injured my IT Band this summer. Build Your Running Body is basically a textbook of running. If you like running, and if you like textbooks, you will enjoy it.
The largest challenge a book of this nature faces is validity. In a world of internet articles and running web sites, does a book like this need to be written? I assert that it does. So much information on the internet, especially about sports is written by some VASA Gym trainer who likes to run, and maybe even runs competitively, but it falls into mostly the anecdotal realm. Even good advice can only come across as advice. Build Your Running Body is different as it addresses the actual science behind the human body and how it operates under the physical stress of running. The book is divided into five parts that focus on getting knowledge, workouts, running schedules, nutrition, and racing. It can be a good resource for a beginning runner, but has more to offer for serious runner, particularly racers. It is well written, with the occasional cheesy metaphor that my dad, or my husband, might like.
If I had to be critical (and I do) I’d say the nutrition portion of the book is a bit of a throw away. Maybe it is because this stuff is so second nature to me personally, or that I feel if you are running this should be something you already know. I also think that the running schedules are strictly for race preparation. There are no schedules to basically get a non runner running. Despite those minor criticisms, this book is a wonderful addition to my running library.