Monday, September 27, 2010

Book Review: "The Runner's Rule Book"

I got this one from the library on a whim. I had read a few of the rules set out by the executive editor of RunnersWorld .com and other Runner's World editors, in the January issue. They were funny and relatable, so when I saw this was available, I thought "why not?"

It's a very quick, funny read that any runner will love. If for nothing else, then a couple entertaining hours of distraction while tapering or commuting (the small size was perfect for slipping in my purse and reading on the subway)!

There are four main sections: 'The Basics,' 'Racing, Track Workouts, and Other Forms of Discomfort,' 'Shoes, Apparel, and Gear,' and 'The Runner's Rules of Thumb.' And six resources that include 'The 14 Basic Types of Runners,' 'The Pee Matrix,' 'Running Brands: A Guide to Pronunciation,' '5 Topics/5 Times/5 Tunes,' 'Hand Signals,' and 'The Runner's Glossary.'

Remy and the editors provide helpful tips, suggestions and facts, but also cover common knowledge topics (but I'm sure they're not common knowledge to everyone). I enjoyed his 'Snappy Retorts to 5 Common Heckles,' and agree that runners should not 'dress like a ninja' but I don't agree that  'you can always take off clothing' (I hate running with a jacket tied around my waist and I think a 3/4length sleeve top would be the best idea ever for running gear). I also agree with the rule that you should always thank the volunteers. And don't skip the Runner's Glossary at the end; it is quite amusing. These writers have a great sense of humor.

If you have a little time on your hands, I definitely suggest picking up this book. It would also make a great gift for your favorite runner!

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What is one of your favorite rules of running?
today's workout -
10 mile bike
3x10 leg press
3x10 hip abductor
3x10 hip adductor
ankle strengthening exercises


misszippy said...

I've heard some snippets of this one before, and it is fun! Mark Remy is a talented and funny writer.

Anonymous said...

This sounds really cute! I'm curious about the Pee Matrix...LOL :)

Lindsay said...

You make the glossary sound so intriguing! I definitely try to thank volunteers/cops at every race. It's kind of annoying when they don't say "you're welcome" back though! Hello I'm straining to breathe and I croaked out some manners... lol

AM! said...

I've seen this book, and have been wanting to maybe get it...okay, I will;-)