• Run for Life

  • The Complete Guide for every female runner

  • First Published: 2003

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Run for Life by Sam Murphy

Review by Simon Linklater

My first book review so any critics out there, cut me some slack. I loved this book and I’m not even a female. I am a runner though and straight away could sense the enthusiasm Sam Murphy has for the sport. It’s no surprise that every review on Amazon is 5 stars!!

This book covers every aspect of running including my favourite topic, training plans. I can’t get enough of training plans folks and I like the simple approach outlined in this book. There are some basics I wish I knew when I first took up the sport such as how to warm up & stretch properly along with the benefits of cross training. Don’t underestimate how important these factors. I did. And I got injured!

There are some great pointers on running technique and it’s clear the author has benefited from improving her own method down the years. Injuries and how to avoid them are well covered along with a detailed section on the importance of diet & hydration.

The book has certain aspects specific for female runners such as finding the right sports bra, running when you are pregnant and how quickly you can return after having a baby. I felt like I was back at school with the format of the book and so much new information for me to feast on.

The runners stories and little snippets of advice are a nice touch. To see a Hastings Runners featured right at the end of the book was a  little treat for me. One of our most respected members Sarah Miles shares her running story and it’s a pretty special one to be honest. We love you Sarah!!

Run for Life is a book you can refer back to time and time again so I would definitely recommend picking up a copy.

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