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Run Forever

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  29 reviews
In RUN FOREVER, Boston Marathon winner and former Runner's World editor-in-chief Amby Burfoot shares practical advice and wisdom on how to run with greater joy and health for an entire lifetime.

Everyone learns how to run at an early age. It's naturally wired into your body. Yet in recent years, running has become complicated by trendy gadgets and doctrine. With a Boston Ma
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Center Street
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Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very extensive but basic and easy book about running. A great introduction to the sport for someone new to running. Not overwhelming like a lot of information that is found on the internet. Just nice and easy but still every aspect you could think of is mentioned, explained and probably more than sufficient for the average runner.

Once you are running for a while and feel that you would like to know about fancy gadgets or a different approach on some areas it is still early enough to google a
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: running, ebook
A lot of this book was geared towards beginner runners. I had already bought the ebook before I saw some of the reviews stating that this book had a lot of information for beginners. That being said, I thought this book was well written and well thought out. I gleaned a few inspirational quotes and still enjoyed reading this book.

From a beginner aspect, Amby Burfoot wrote a lot about the run/walk method. A thought it was interesting that he and Jeff Galloway were roommates in college. Jeff Gall
Philip Huang
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Accessible, time-tested, and comprehensive running advice from Burfoot, who has experienced the sport from all sides (as a Boston Marathon winner 50 years ago, longtime Runner's World editor, and now a self-described back-of-the-pack runner). There are solid plans for all types, from non-runners who want to start running and for veteran runners who can learn a couple things about shaking up one's training and/or adjusting expectations as one gets older.

For all the technology and science we have
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lots of helpful tips on increasing distance, preventing injury, and maintaining overall wellbeing.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a runner, I LOVED "Run Forever" by Amby Burfoot. This book spoke to the person inside me that loves running. I couldn't contain myself and the excitement that I had on the inside as I was reading each page made me want to throw on my running shoes and go outside.
This book gets back to the basics of running in the best way possible. Whether you're an experienced runner or have never ran a mile in your life, this book will want to make you run. Amby shares his experience as a runner that inspi
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A comprehensive book that's primarily great for beginners, who might be wide-eyed at all of the options and positively confused on where to begin in regards to running, but yields benefits for athletes of all levels of experience. There's so much to consider---shoes, hydration, socks, clothing, and Burfoot's book is strapped with at least a general answer on how not only to intelligently approach not just a structured training program (advice accumulated from his decades of running knowledge), b ...more
Debi Lantzer
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Basically, I've been struggling to be a "proper" runner since I started running in 2008. Most of the early years I spent learning how to breathe, how to pace, how to do the basics of running and not just throwing on my shoes and running down the road like a child.  Then I had my car accident, learned how to walk all over again, and began to learn to run all over again. I've never felt strong enough or fast enough, and I've certainly struggled with stamina, so when I saw this book, Run Forever by ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think running sounds like a great way to relax and to exercise on all of the park trails near my house. While it sounds good, I haven't really known how to start. Run Forever by Amby Burfoot is a helpful book if you are a beginner like I am. Although, I think he has some tips even experienced runners could use.

Burfoot is a life-long runner who is now in his 70s. Among other races, he has run the Boston Marathon many times and won it in 1968. Before retiring, he was also editor-in-chief of Run
Tara Scott
Nov 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Usually I love running books, but this one rubbed me the wrong way due to one simple fact (or should I say factual error)--early on in the book he is discussing how a sports scientist used him as a guinea pig to test out whether he ran best without fluids, with just water, or with Gatorade. Then he mentions that Gatorade was developed by Florida State University in Tallahassee. I was audibling this book and running, so I rewound multiple times to make sure I heard it right. I was livid at this e ...more
Carianne Carleo-Evangelist
Thank you, NetGalley, for the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.

As a relatively new, yet older (38) runner, I quite enjoyed the variety of tips that Burfoot put forward. I also enjoyed how he interspersed them with his own personal history. Some are ones I was familiar with from reading some of his other writings or had heard from other writing runners, others were new to me. I particularly appreciated how he laid out intervals and his nuanced look at an athlete's diet. Runni
Dana Larose
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, nonfiction, running
I really enjoyed it. Amby Burfoot was the Executive Editor for Runner's World for years, won the Boston Marathon in 1968 and still continues to run, although he claims in the book that after 2018 he's not going to do anymore marathons. He comes across as a good-natured curmudgeon (for instance, in his opinion the only important advance in running tech in the last 30 years is not GPS watches, not sports drinks, but wicking socks).

His advice is generally simple and geared toward people who want to
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
** I received a pre-release copy of Run Forever from Center Street Books in exchange for my honest review.**

Legendary runner and former editor-in-chief of Runner's World Amby Burfoot shares his years of experience. The book is divided into 3 page "chaplets", each chock-full of advice. While I loved all the stories and the knowledge shared here, I was hoping for more advice for running forever. As in "old age". This would be a great book for beginners and runners looking to fine tune their techni
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
With an admirably disciplines format of easily digestible 3 page chapters and sectioned the book is a breeze to read, with some interesting workouts and simple, clear advice. I wish, in terms of setting up a plan, there were some guidance for people in an intermediate place (between total beginners and elite racers); the book feels a smidge targeted towards older and more novice runners. But his larger points about staying focused on running as a lifelong practice, listening to your body, and no ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: running-books
Another enjoyable running book! The author has strong opinions and isn't afraid to share them, which is refreshing (just one example....he is against the idea that we all need to snack all day to maintain a healthy weight, and he thinks that the vast majority of runners, both elite and recreational, do easy runs too fast). I also like his emphasis on fun for masters runners. I plan to get this book for my dad, who is in his 70s like the author and has started running again.
Connie Ciampanelli
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Run Forever," by Amby Burfoot, marathoner and for many years executive editor of "Runner's World,"is his newest book, a clearly written, concise volume covering every aspect of running. In his easy-going, conversational, lucid, non-judgmental style, Burfoot lays out a plan for successful running into our later years. With its simple structure, sections broken down into "chaplets," it is an easy reference to keep at hand. Highly recommended.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
As a dedicated, virtually obsessive, runner, it’s not uncommon to be given books such as this by family/friends. It was an easy read, but felt strangely aligned. Partly it was aimed at me—an experienced, long-term runner—and partly it was aimed at an absolute novice who may be considering taking up the sport.

An ok book.
A Tale of One Reader
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I realize now that being simple is the best way of conveying what people need to hear. This book is very easy to read and digest. I am now, more then ever, interested in running and hope to run more in the future.
Malin Friess
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Running should be simple. Why has it become complex. There are too many shoes, compression socks, sports drinks, trainig plans, massage tools, and energy bars. Running should not be complicated.

Burfoot knows..he has won the Boston Marathon and has the longest streak for a 5 k race. 5 stars.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like others have said, this is a great basic overview. It covers a variety of topics but isn't particularly detailed but would give someone new to running a solid foundation to build on. I particularly liked how each chapter was broken into bite sized sections
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great tips and reminders. Wish I would have had this book when I started running, but as I train again for my first half marathon in 3 years, it is a big help. It’s common sense but also permission to do the best you can, guilt-free.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
As a 9 time marathon finisher myself I thought this book offered some useful advice.
Kimberly Kay
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book for anyone who runs or wants to run. Simple, honest, and effective advice.
L. Dunne
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good, simple advice. Definitely what I needed, as a long-time runner.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: running, how-to
Thoughtful, useful - a great book for a runner of any level.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The narrator's voice is sort of "wise grandpa giving advice about running while drinking a beer on the porch". Highly recommend it!
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best book on the basics of running that I've ever read, suitable for the beginner or the veteran who wants a refresh. Very readable writing style, Amby comes across as a great and humble guy.
Mike Nguyen
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for better runner and person. The book embodies lots of scientific facts related to running and enduring exercises. I picked up right away a few tips which now makes running my hobby and passion. Such as run walk, run relax and slowly, eat healthy breakfast and lunch, persistency and consistency, just to name a few.

The books was organised in form of short essays and well structured content hence makes it easier to absorb.

The author is extraordinary runner. He has been running fo
Marsha Hunter
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic way back into running. I'm loving running more than ever, and especially like run-walk advice for distance. Amby Burfoot is a skilled writer.
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