Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book Review: Running Strong

Recently Runner's World Magazine reached out and asked if I would be interested in reviewing Dr. Metzl's new book, Running Strong.

Dr. Metzl is a runner and Ironman. You know this guy "gets us." He knows the ups and downs of running, the issues we face, the health rumors we've heard and concerns we might have.

This book came to me at exactly the right time.

I have just been accepted thru lottery into the NYC Marathon (Yay!) but have begun feeling the effects of running. After long runs, my knees get a little achey, my hamstrings a little sore... you know the drill. Dr. Metzl addresses each potentially creaky part of the runner's body in a section called "Uh Oh What's That Pain?" He explains the mechanics of each body part, why the pain may be happening and how to correct it. And by the way, he does this all in a very interesting way.

Dr. Metzl recommends strength training (he has a whole slew of specific strength exercises recommended for us runners) and daily foam rolling. I've begun doing both. I know that both of those things are paramount for me but Dr. Metzl was able to give me the tools to actually do those things instead of think, "I need to do something" but not know where or how to start.

The book has a cool feature, an app. You can download an app called Blippar and when you scan certain icons in the book, the app will take you to videos shot with Dr. Metzl right in his office! These little "Blippar" opportunities are all over the book and another great way to get useful information.

Dr. Metzl covers EVERYTHING in his book and truly prepares you to run strong whether you are a beginner trying to figure out the right running shoe to a seasoned marathoner. There is tons of great information and take away. It's the kind of book you devour cover to cover the first time you get it and then keep on your shelf forever for reference.

Here are some useful links for you if you want to learn more about Dr. Metzl and Running Strong:
Here is where you can buy Running Strong. And find Dr. Metzl on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also visit his website to learn more.

Check the book out! It also would make a great gift to a fellow running buddy!



Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

I should *really* start strength training... LOL. I was my fastest after doing Insanity, just don't now if my body can handle it again!

Unknown said...

Strength is critical. Never mind for speed and agility but most importantly it helps prevents injuries. The book couldn't stress that enough. From your knees, to hips, hamstrings, etc it's all so dependent on being strong - and that is why, even though I am not a huge fan I'm making efforts to consistently do it.

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

I wish I knew how to use my gym equipment!

Carly said...

Thank you for reviewing this, Jen! I battled hip pain this fall and it went away all winter only to come back this week. I just ordered this on my kindle and hope I can find some relief!

Cate said...

Hi Jen, I was wondering if you know if this book has an alternate title for the non-US market? I looked at book depository and they have "run your best life" which looks identical (apart from the title obviously!). Would love to get this book, but want to avoid high shipping costs in getting it all the way to Aus!

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