This nonfiction guide to exercise and nutrition for runners lays out foundational facts and supplies useful techniques and recipes to keep a runner’s fitness routine fresh.
Starting with the basics, debut author McLaurin dives into the mechanics of running, with visual and textual representations of the muscle groups used during each stride. While many beginning runners believe that running is all in the legs, the author explains the importance of the core, hips and back muscles, as well as the crucial balance a runner needs between the upper and lower body. Seasoned runners might consider this information basic, but a new runner will find the explanatory chapters incredibly useful in laying the foundation for a self-propelled fitness program. Once the fundamentals are explained, McLaurin delivers specific exercises to target the core, back, chest, arms and legs. Most exercises are catered toward the runner without a gym membership who can use body weight and easy-to-find tools like medicine balls and hand weights rather than heavy fitness machinery. There are enough exercise types to build a weekly plan with variety, targeting different muscle groups in each workout. Not only does the author stress balance in muscular strength, he also stresses the importance of runner nutrition, highlighting some myths and misnomers. One such myth, the need for excessive protein, is busted through a simple yet well-formulated explanation of the way the body uses macronutrients. Readers don’t need a degree in dietetics to understand McLaurin’s clear explanation of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and metabolism. In the back of the book, the contributing writers, who also happen to be major names in the running community, offer recipes and tips—an added bonus for runners who want to follow the legends of marathon and ultramarathon running.
A successful educational guide to fitness, nutrition and understanding the body for novice runners.