A practical guidebook for anyone who dreams of becoming a runner
By Joan Kerrigan and Gary Hendri
Run Your First 5k is a great overview for anyone who wants to start running. The authors cover the most important topics—the benefits of running, common problems, safety, injuries, nutrition, strength training, and hydration. The book also has solid race day tips, a 5k training plan, and a glossary of running terms.
The authors’ advice is sound and up to date, but some areas could use a little more explaining. For example, readers are told that they should warm up using dynamic stretches and save the static stretches for after the run, yet they aren’t told the difference between a dynamic or static stretch. Assuming that this book is for beginners, a few examples could have been given.
The lack of detail may be positive; that will depend upon the reader. Some will prefer the short, straight forward style, and everyone will benefit from the advice. Even if you’re preparing for your 20th 5k, there’s always more to learn.