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Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster by Bill Pierce
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Nov 19, 2008

really liked it
Read from July 27 to August 01, 2011

I really like the sound of this approach to training for racing, especially as a busy mom. I have only run one half-marathon, am getting ready to run my second (using a different training plan, since I just read this book and I only have four weeks until my race), and have never run a full, but the book includes plans for the full marathon, the half, as well as the 5k and 10k. I don't know if I am interested in ever running a marathon, maybe once I have just a little more time to train when all of my kids are in school in a few years. Because even with this reduced running schedule, the long runs in preparation for a marathon would take me away from my family for big chunks on weekends, which I just can't do right now. But in the mean time, I'd like to do more halfs, and definitely 5 and 10k's. I will definitely use this plan for my races in the future, and if it works as well as it sounds like it will, I might have to change my rating to five stars! The book was VERY self-promoting, not surprising, but a little annoying, and got pretty repetitive at times. But it was an easy read and not dry at all. The "key" runs sound tough, really tough, but I think as long as you begin with the base they suggest for each level it is doable and much better for your body than typical training schedules, especially as my body gets older and those little twinges have become bigger twinges. Plus, I love the idea of "faster!" :)

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Carrie colleen - i haven't read this book, but i've used the first program for marathon training and i swear by it! i'm curious to see what you think of it...

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