Neat, businesslike advice from a respected source. Squires and Krise (Improving Your Running, Fast Tracks) address themselves to all women runners, from beginners on up, with sound, graduated training schedules (walking, jogging, running, racing) that can be taken at individual speed. They include introductory words on exercising, tools of the trade, and the running world in general. Most important is to relax and learn to understand your own body--Squires and Krise endorse keeping a training diary and urge respect for body cycles, especially the need for rest. In their usual concise and knowledgeable style, they also cover nutrition, injuries, and associated concerns. Nothing much is made about the book being for women: since the biggest hurdle for many women in beginning an exercise program is to overcome the mind-set of an inactive past, this matter-of-fact approach may be just what's needed. Those who seek the additional reassurance that they're doing something special might look back to Marathon Mom (Schreiber and Stang) and Women Running (Ullyot).