Even Usain Bolt had to start at the beginning
Famed sprinter Usain Bolt wasn’t always one of the fastest people in the world. He had to start running just like everyone else, at the beginning.
To show that anyone can run and enjoy it, runner Ryan Robert has authored a book on the subject and released on the Kindle platform. “The Ultimate Beginners Running Guide: The Key To Running Inspired” is available for $4.99. Kindle Prime members may borrow the book at no charge.
“I love to run,” the author said. “It’s not just for the physical health benefits, but it clears my mind, renews my energy and reconnects me to the fundamentals of life. Running, for me, is far more than just a physical activity.”
The book may contain information to help veteran runners, but it is aimed at beginners who have just started running.
Robert covers not just the fundamentals of putting one foot in front of the other, but the mental challenges that face anyone who is interested in becoming a regular runner.
"The thing I appreciated most about this book is that I really could sense the encouragement and welcoming attitude that I find to be so true of the running community in Ryan’s writing. Maybe its just because I have experienced the community firsthand already ... but I appreciated how Ryan was genuinely able to touch on nearly all of the insecurities/anxieties I had as a beginning runner and even some that I still experience from time to time,” wrote Utah runner Julia in her blog Pain Pride and Perseverance.
Robert said that is exactly what he was aiming for. “Running, especially for someone just starting, is very much a mental game, sometimes more so than physical. If you don’t approach it with the right attitude, you will never run. You may get out a few times and go around the block, but it won’t become a regular thing and a habit,” he said.
Among the other points covered in the book are:
• Running form for maximum efficiency.
• Selecting the right shoes and gear for different conditions and weather.
• Diet and eating times.
• How to get past the embarrassment and being self-conscious.
• Prevention and treatment common running injuries.
Reviews so far have been uniformly positive. Robert said he appreciates the feedback.
Anyone can get started running with the help of this ebook, also available at the UK Amazon website.
“One of the keys to beginning running is to set attainable goals,” Robert said. “If you are just starting, there’s no point in setting a goal of being able to run five miles at the end of week. Be realistic. Set a goal of running around the block if you have to. No one in the running world is going to ridicule you for being realistic. They will support you. That’s what my book, based on my experiences, helps you with.”
Sonja, who blogs at Running in Pearls had this to say: “I thought I knew what I was doing. I knew I wasn’t doing it well obviously but I thought I knew. After reading this book, I can honestly tell you that I knew nothing. Now I can tell you how to prevent injuries or even how to stretch the right way. I didn’t think you could stretch wrong but apparently you can!”
For more information about the book or to read customer reviews, visit Amazon.
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