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Book Review: Run For Life

Posted Jul 31 2009 11:53am

Run for Life by Roy M. Wallack

Run for Life by Roy M. Wallack

Run for Life: The Anti-Aging, Anti-Injury, Super-Fitness Plan to Run to 100
by Roy M. Wallack
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
- Pub. Date: February 2009
- ISBN-13: 9781602393448

First and foremost before anything else, I have a gripe about this book… DID THEY HAVE AN EDITOR? Sheesh… there were typos on about every single page. There were paragraphs where a person’s name was spelled different from sentence to sentence. City names were spelled wrong. Sentence fragments. (pun intended) It drove me bonkers!

But aside from that, there was a lot to enjoy about this book. A whole lot. It was unlike any of the other running technique books I’ve read and I feel like it has a lot of good information. Some of the sections felt a little like product placement ( E3 grips? A whole chapter? Are they really that magical?), but that aspect can be brushed aside when you look at the strength of the other content in these pages.

The best part of the book was the interviews with several people in the running world that are… um… getting on in years… and how they are running now and what their plans are to keep running for life. Interviews with people like: Frank Shorter (Olympic Marathoner), Bill Rodgers (Olympic Marathoner), Roberta Gibb (First woman to run the Boston Marathon – I didn’t know this story!) and several others.

My favorite interview was with Helen Klein. Helen is truly inspirational, she didn’t start running until she was 55 and she has been running ULTRA marathons into her 80’s. I first heard of Helen Klein from my friend Molly. Helen has served as a mentor to Molly in her ultrarunning career and the stories about her are amazing. Reading the interview just served to further impress me. I hope to meet Helen sometime.

There are chapters on varied topics, from incorporating strength and flexibility training into your routine, to how overly-padded running shoes may be causing injury in some runners. Some of the topics could be considered slightly controversial and may not fit every runner. But I think that everybody could learn from these ideas, I like to research every aspect I can and form my own conclusions.

With information on changing your gait, to the power of cross-training, to motivational stories, to the science behind training schedules… I truly believe this book has something for everybody.

Now if they would just edit the copy and release a second edition…

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