Husband likes to listen to the radio when he’s doing tractor work or zooming around the farm in the jeep. He likes especially to listen to talk back and interviews on the ABC (he is a crusty old farmer by his own definition!) He will often come home and tell me all about what he’s heard. A while ago he was full of interesting insights and running facts gleaned from hearing an interview with the author of a book called Lazy Runner.
Marie Bean was in Tasmania conducting some running clinics. Husband wanted to go. A quick look at the calendar showed they were the same weekend as the City to Casino in Hobart, so we weren’t able. We decided to get the book instead.
It took a little while to get to it – by the time I get home from work, get the housework done, run/bootcamp, there is little time to sit and read (I know lots of you concur with this, there aren’t enough hours in the day).
What a good book it is! Loved it!
- It’s called Lazy Runner but there isn’t anything lazy about this book! It’s not so much lazy as streamlined or perhaps efficient would describe it better.
- The layout is simple, logical and straight forward. Now that I’ve read it cover to cover I am using it when I need to check up on something. For example hydrating and carb-loading; it broke this process down into an easy to follow format for those new to distance running. Another example is the chapter on footcare – I learnt lots of new things which I have translated into some helpful practice. And there is so much more.
- It starts right at the beginning. It cuts running back to basics and provides a simple step by step way to go from zero to five 5km. It’s encouraging!
- It explains a lot of running terminology which at times I’ve found confusing, such as tempo, fartlek, VO2max, heart rate training, race pace and much more.
- Along the way there are some funny stories as well as interesting running stats and facts.
- At the end of each chapter is a section called Lazier Still? Here it succinctly breaks down the main points of the chapter.
- It provides plans to go from 5km, to 10km all the way up to a marathon.
- It demystifies distance and provides practical, doable suggestions on how to meet running goals.
I loved how honest the author is. She tells some funny stories about her own running. She comes across as someone who is knowledgeable but down-to-earth as well. But mainly she is someone who loves running and wants to share her no-frills, simple approach to becoming a runner; a runner who has lots of fun, avoids injury and keeps running for life.
It’s a good read, it’s already becoming very tatty looking due to much thumbing through. Marie has a Lazy Runner web site where the book can be purchased. The forward is by Rob de Castella – this is a huge recommendation all by itself!
Happy running 🙂