Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Beginning Running Again



I haven't run for about 2 1/2 weeks, it's driving me crazy. But, I am giving my calf a few more days before I start running again. I actually feel ready, and feel strong enough, but when talking to a running buddy of mine he said calf strains take 3 weeks to heal, so I am heeding that advice.

My mother in law got me a great Barnes and Nobles gift card for my birthday, and I was really torn between three or four books on running. In the end, I settled on "Runner's World Complete Book of Beginning Running." My wife said, "why are you getting a book on beginning running?" Well, truthfully, I'm still a beginner. I've only been running for a little over a year, and I have TONs to learn. This book is full of great information on running, from Diet and Nutrition, to Training, to Injury Prevention. Some of the things in the book I already knew, some I didn't. Some, I just needed reminded. It will be a great resource to have around, and I've already read a couple chapters. If you're looking for a good resource about running, check this book out.

12 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

glad you're still giving yourself time to heal! That book looks like a great resource, i still consider myself a beginner too.

RunToTheFinish said...

man you are smarter than most of us who have been running a long time for actually giving you body time.

i love all running books

Fair Weather Runner said...

hey stranger. so you opting out of the turkey trot? that book will be awesome i'm sure. and, just FYI, there is a GREAT yoga class over lunch break i've been going to at the N Y. it's only 45 minutes, and you never get sweaty, but she is a great teacher, really good at stretching you out. it's the monday-wednesday class. also, the class is about half men, so you wouldn't be alone there ;)

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

Awesome Oz. Running books are so inspiring. Almost as inspiring as blogs :)

Rookie on the Run said...

You're smart for giving your calf more rest!

I LOVE getting gift cards for books! Sounds like you picked a good one.

Shannon said...

Recovery/Rest is the key to longevity in athletes! Kudos for sticking with rest!

TNTcoach Ken said...

I use all of my running books as reference material. We are all still learning...........

RunnuRMark said...

Think of this as mental toughness cross-training. It's an impressive thing to stay inside when you're itching to go out and run. Hopefully you be ready to get back at it by next week.

Bootchez said...

I've been running for 3 years and STILL think of myself as a beginner. I think that's a healthy stance to take, and so is giving yourself time to heal. I hope I can be as patient if and when I hurt myself. . .

Lacy said...

i received your "hello" from Angie D. yesterday. It took me a minute, because I didn't know your name. What a small world we live in. One day we'll actually say hello in person!

Aka Alice said...

OMG...I have that book. It's been my bible (small b).

sam said...

I have been looking for a good beginning runners book! I think I'll have to check that out. I am TOTALLY new to running. I think I will forever feel like a beginner. There is so much more to running than I thought.

Just came across your blog and thought i'd stop by. I love checking out running blogs. I like to steal tips and pick veteran runners brains for advice! lol