Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Ultimate Beginner's Running Guide -review!

The Ultimate Beginner's Running Guide. The Key to Running Inspired by Ryan Robert.

A month or so ago, I received an email from Ryan Robert asking me if I'd like a copy of his book in exchange for an honest opinion of it on my blog. Sign me up!

The book is definitely geared toward beginners, as the title suggests, but it had many good reminders in there for me as well. The first one was a running journal. Seems so simple really but I just took a look in my running journal and the last entry was on 1/23/13. Oops. I've definitely run since then! As a beginner, I was diligent about writing in my running journal. Date, temperature, time, distance, how I felt, what I ate, and what I did following the run. And you know what? I was a lot more motivated then compared to how I'm feeling on this cold, damp February night. I think it's time to catch up on my running journal and start keeping it close by.

One of my favorite quotes in the book, “every time we step out the door and trot off into the distance, we gain a little mental and physical health, discipline and confidence.Excerpt From: Robert, Ryan. “The Ultimate Beginner's Guide - The Key to Running Inspired.” So true! It sounds simple, and as someone who has been running for a while, I often forget this. It's easy to get stuck in a rut but this is a good reminder that if you just get out there and do it, you'll return with some confidence because, at the very least, you got the job done.

There were a few parts of the book that I do not agree with, including a tip that he recommends for sore muscles: “If ever you feel that you may be too sore for a run, a good rule of thumb is to put on at least one extra layer of clothing, top and bottom (long underwear and a hooded sweatshirt on an average 80 degree day), and attempt your workout at approximately your cool-down pace.” Excerpt From: Robert, Ryan. “The Ultimate Beginner's Guide - The Key to Running Inspired.” Um what?? That sounds incredibly dangerous and not a good idea to tell beginners who may be taking his advice as gold. The other part of the book that I disagreed with was his plan for "non-exercisers" because he suggested that someone who does not have any sort of exercise regime start with 5 days per week. To me that sounds like a good way to make a beginner quit...quickly!

Overall, I think it's a good book for beginners, as well as those of us who need a little nudge from time to time.

Speaking of books, I have been reading like a manic lately on the train so I'm looking for suggestions. I like adventure, running, yoga, motivational and Jodi Picoult-like books for the most part.

What book must I absolutely read?


The Ultimate Beginner's Running Guide was provided to me as an eBook, free of charge, to provide my honest opinion I'm the form of a review on my blog. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.



  1. oooh I will never get tired of running books!
    I've been reading a lot of yoga/meditation books lately!

    I really love that first quote you posted, very very true!

  2. Kristen Hannah's Firefly Lane! One of my most favorite books!!

    Loved your honest review of the book.

  3. I love running books! Kara Goucher's Running for Women is my favorite that I've read so far, but I also loved Born to Run and whatever Dean Karnazes first book is called. As for fiction, I liked a cute little book called How to Bake a Perfect Life.