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Review: Nell McAndrew’s Guide to Running

Long time RMR Charlotte Harding took time out of her busy life as a teacher and mum to review Nell McAndrew’s Guide to Running….

This isn’t a book I’d normally pick up. I normally like to read my fiction books cover to cover with a steaming mug of tea. But Nell McAndrew’s guide to running is so much more than that. It’s a total guide.

I’m a novice runner

I’m a novice runner. I’ve done a few 10ks and a half marathon. It wasn’t pretty. I didn’t like it.

I was scared that I wouldn’t finish, my hamstring tightened and afterwards I didn’t know how to improve. Then I picked up this guide and found so many answers to ease my newbie dilemmas; plussupport for building my core fitness further. I am most impressed by the range of information available in one book.

Useful for C25K through to marathon training

I’d never find all this information in one place in hard copy. There are sections for all types of runners; the slightly nervous couch to 5k starter all the way through to the ultimate challenge of training for and running a marathon. It’s also a handy helper in times of self doubt.

Just for women

I was really impressed with the section entitled ‘Just for Women’. In this chapter you will find good advice for running whilst pregnant, breastfeeding and juggling exercise with a demanding family as well as all the normal advice on just improving good habits. At times I thought I felt I’d stepped into the RMR community; the style of writing is supportive, down to earth, uncomplicated and inviting. Itmade me feel as if I could actually achieve my goal.

The friendly, unpatronising tone continued throughout; informing me about weight loss tips, how to fuel properly and how to encourage one’s children to run (essential summer holiday advice).

Running plans

One thing that has really been useful are the running plans at the back. These start with a beginner’s 5k plan and help you develop through to an advanced marathon training plans with different schedules for sub 3 hours, sub 2.45 and sub 2.20.

The only negative I had was that I wanted to drop the guide after about 10 minutes of reading and go to try out the tips or techniques suggested! This has quickly become a practical aid to my running journey. Thank you, Nell, for a fabulous running bible!

Purchase a copy of the book here: Nell McAndrew’s Guide to Running


All views are the reviewers own and no payment has been made.  She received a free copy of the book to review.

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