This is a masterpiece, esp. for obsessive compulsive runners like me who can't help running hard every time they step out. Keeps us safe, while keeping the workouts challenging but (barely) doable. Rest/cross training ensures safety; but I wish the strength workouts were a bit more detailed and defined, esp. for 50+ runners like me. I successfully completed my maiden marathon well within the target pace of 5:30 with these workouts (3:51:37 for the curious). Works best when the app (only Rs 176.00) is downloaded on the phone, for easy, customized plan.
I was a newbie to running & had just started running a few 10Ks. This book really helped me set a realistic goal for myself. This is important since I definitely do not know how fast I should be running & how I need to scale up. I see people around zooming ahead of me in the race & I do get a tendency to match them stride by stride. This used to cause a lot of burn outs at the end & will not have a good finish time. Also, I never knew where I stand & I didn't know at which pace I should run when trying various distances - 5K, 10K, 21K, etc. At-least this book really helped me set expectation on where I stand now & how to get where I want to be. It also explains you how to get there which I am following currently & I have been able to progress towards my goal. I would say there is a lot of practical information in the book which comes in handy when you are preparing yourself to run in a marathon. However its not a replacement for all hard work that we need to put in to run.
After going through Run Less, Run Faster's book review on various websites, decided to purchase the book. Received physical copy of this book after 15 days from the date of order placement. Amazon should look after the delivery time. Coming to the book, very helpful book for serious recreational runners, irrespective of running skills (beginners, intermediate, advance runners etc.). FIRST philosophy to run with purpose is commendable. Go for it..
I have been asking my self how do I measure my fitness. What are the five strategic things to measure so that I understand my fitness level. This book gave me the answer. An awesome book for every runner and fitness person