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Official Review: Running for the Average Joe by Bill Watts

Post by LivreAmour217 » 28 Mar 2018, 13:15

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Running for the Average Joe" by Bill Watts.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Running for the Average Joe by Bill Watts is a comprehensive guide to running for all fitness levels, from seasoned marathoners to those who just pulled themselves off the couch. Inspired by the lack of books for beginning runners, Mr. Watts wrote this book to encourage "Average Joe" runners who are either new to the sport or have returned after a hiatus. The book covers all aspects of running as a sport and provides many helpful tips for maximizing performance at multiple levels.

Reading this book was quite meaningful for me on a personal level. I am trying to get back into running myself, and I was grateful for the plethora of information that I gleaned from reading this book. There were many helpful reminders, and quite a bit of new information for me as well. Mr. Watts covered evey possible aspect of running; the history of running as a sport, health and nutrition, running gear, and even detailed training plans for different races (5k, 10k, marathon, etc) based on individual fitness level. Being a woman, I was especially grateful for the chapter devoted to female runners.

Running for the Average Joe is also full of eye-catching visuals that enhance the reading experience, such as photographs, inspirational quotes, and charts. All the visuals were relevant ot the text and helped to provide a greater understanding of the information within. My personal favorites were the training charts, which were precise and easy to understand. I imagine that both new and seasoned runners will find them quite helpful.

The writing itself is excellent and virtually free of errors (I counted a grand total of one). The writing style is conversational and encouraging, which is perfect for those new runners who may be intimidated by beginning a running plan. Being an "Average Joe" who went from couch potato to ultra-marathoner, Mr. Watts understands runners at all fitness levels and this is reflected in his writing.

I have only two small criticisms of this book. First, there are a few spots that are a bit wordy and could be shortened up. Also, the author does repeat certain topics; however, the repetition is mostly regarding health and safety information, and I do realize that he repeated them to emphasize their importance.

Running for the Average Joe is a great resource for new and experienced runners, and I give it 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to the target audience: men and women who are new to running or who are returning after a break.

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Post by stacie k » 29 Mar 2018, 00:07

Since Bill Watts personally experienced transforming from a couch potato to a marathoner, his words would carry weight with me! I would definitely be interested in reading this book! Thanks for a great review!
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Post by Butterflybookworm » 29 Mar 2018, 00:22

I look forward to reading this book since I am interested in running myself. I will definitely be adding this to my future reading list. Very well written review.
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Post by Mouricia25 » 29 Mar 2018, 01:46

Nice review, although this does not seem like a book I would read.
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 29 Mar 2018, 04:33

stacie k wrote:
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Since Bill Watts personally experienced transforming from a couch potato to a marathoner, his words would carry weight with me! I would definitely be interested in reading this book! Thanks for a great review!
And thank you for reading it! This is an inspirational book!
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 29 Mar 2018, 04:34

Butterflybookworm wrote:
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I look forward to reading this book since I am interested in running myself. I will definitely be adding this to my future reading list. Very well written review.
Thank you! I hope that you enjoy this book!
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Post by Vickie Noel » 29 Mar 2018, 06:54

I love the author's thoughtfulness in recognizing the gap regarding availability of materials tailored towards running as a sport and filling it in nicely. The fact that the book is properly researched and executed speaks volumes for him as well. Thanks for sharing this information with us, LivreAmour217!
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Post by kandscreeley » 29 Mar 2018, 07:26

This sounds like quite an interesting book. I used to run fairly often (although it was more like a jog), but health issues have prevented me from doing so lately. I love that this includes pictures and charts. Due to my health issues, I don't think I'll pick this up, but I know many people that would enjoy this one! Thanks!
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Post by Biigggg » 29 Mar 2018, 09:36

The book called Running average by Joe Bill Watts, it is a good book, it encourages, people to train and live healthy lives, so l think that l will definitely buy the book

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Post by JJNP » 29 Mar 2018, 09:59

This sounds like a good book for starting and improving running with. I want to go back to running, so I would consider this.

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Post by waffa2 » 29 Mar 2018, 14:53

Thank you for the review, Bill. I also am an on again, off again runner. I am always looking for books on running. Since there is so many books on this subject, it can be difficult to find ones that fit my needs. Your review was very helpful.

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 29 Mar 2018, 18:27

Vickie Noel wrote:
29 Mar 2018, 06:54
I love the author's thoughtfulness in recognizing the gap regarding availability of materials tailored towards running as a sport and filling it in nicely. The fact that the book is properly researched and executed speaks volumes for him as well. Thanks for sharing this information with us, LivreAmour217!
You’re welcome! And thank you for reading my review!
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 29 Mar 2018, 18:28

JJNP wrote:
29 Mar 2018, 09:59
This sounds like a good book for starting and improving running with. I want to go back to running, so I would consider this.
This book would be very helpful to you. Thanks for reading!
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 29 Mar 2018, 18:30

kandscreeley wrote:
29 Mar 2018, 07:26
This sounds like quite an interesting book. I used to run fairly often (although it was more like a jog), but health issues have prevented me from doing so lately. I love that this includes pictures and charts. Due to my health issues, I don't think I'll pick this up, but I know many people that would enjoy this one! Thanks!
I know what you’re going through. I had to stop running because of joint problems. I am hoping to get back to running, but it will most likely be with plenty of walking intervals in between. Thank you for stopping by!
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Post by Mousa » 30 Mar 2018, 13:39

Bill Watts is a magnificent writer. I am a couch potatoe. I want to start running but excuses are so easy to make up. RUNNING FOR THE AVERAGE JOE book motivates me to read his book because hopefully I eill gain some insight and hopefully will motivate me to start running regarding the obstacles or things I have to do that day. I am excited to get ny own copy of this book.

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