I’m Publishing a Book: 101 Simple Ways to be a Better Runner

by Jason Fitzgerald

I have a big announcement: I’m publishing a book for the Kindle!

101 Ways to be a Better Runner

What started as a blog post evolved into an expansive ebook for the Kindle reader. And I’m thrilled to announce today that it will be available soon.

Update: The book is now available on Amazon or as an instant download here!

101 Simple Ways to be a Better Runner: A Short Guide to Running Faster, Preventing Injuries, and Feeling Great is a glimpse into my head, showing you what I think on every conceivable running topic: barefoot running, strides, weight loss, tea (yes, tea), the marathon, shoes, nutrition and diet, partying, race strategy, and more.

It will be priced inexpensively to make it more accessible for people who want to improve their running. If you implement just a few of the strategies in the book, I know you’ll dramatically feel better as a runner. And you’ll probably run a lot faster, too.

So, why’d I write this book?

One day at a large book store, I started looking for a book that summarized the best training tips into easily read and actionable pieces of advice. But after a long search, I found that if a runner wanted a quick read on running’s “best practices,” they were out of luck. I decided to change that. The book is actionable and is meant to give you simple ways to improve (hence the title) without any fluff.

It’s 14 years of running lessons distilled into 102 (I know, more than the title!) easily implemented training tips. You’ll find lessons about performance improvement, racing, diet, and injury prevention. No matter how experienced you are as a runner, you’ll learn something to improve your training and reach your goals.

Keep in mind that every piece of advice in the book has been tested on me, with the runners I coach, or is being used among the top runners in the country at the elite level. None of this is pure theory. Many of the strategies helped me run 2:39 in the marathon (over 5 minutes faster than my previous race) and stay injury-free for three years and counting.

Interested? Here’s how to get it…

101 Simple Ways to be a Better Runner isn’t available yet – it’s still being formatted and finalized. As soon as it’s ready I’ll let my private list know about it first with an exclusive giveaway. If you want in for the private giveaway, do that here or in the sign-up box in the sidebar on your right. It’s my way of thanking my readers who have trusted me with their email address.

I want to thank every single one of you who reads SR and supports this great community of runners who take action and improve their running. You are why I do this!

But there’s more… Do you want your question answered in the book?

Since the book is not 100% done, there’s still a chance to help me shape what’s inside. Do you have a particular question about running that you’d like answered? Maybe…

  • What’s the best running form?
  • Can I still party and be a good runner?
  • How can I plan a better race strategy?
  • What’s the best way to increase my mileage?

Let me know in the comments section on this post. I’ll try to include everything as best as I can – so this book will specifically help you and answer your questions!

Remember, the giveaway is only available to my private newsletter readers so sign up if you want to enter.

More details to come in the next few weeks. Stay tuned…

Update: 101 Simple Ways to be a Better Runner is now available for the Kindle or as an instant PDF.

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Kathy L

If I’m feeling injured due to overuse, how do I decide whether to cut back, take a break, or plod on through my training plan? If I cut back, how do I decide *how* to cut back? Do I shorten all my runs? Some of them? Cut some runs and cross-train instead? lower intensity? All of the above?

Jason

Good questions :)

Jessica

Also, if you think you’re really injured, how to find a good doctor/physical therapist? Should you seek a sports medicine specialist, a chiropractor, etc?

Michael

I want to push myself hard enough for improvement while not overdoing and injuring myself – it’s hard to know where the line is. If you have a tip about that it would probably be helpful to a lot of people.

Matt

I’m looking forward to your book Jason. I have learned a lot from your site and it will be great to have so much information all in one place!

Eric

Similar to the above question, I have a nagging Achilles insertion pain on my heel that only hurts AFTER I run but not during the run. It has been a mild pain for 6 weeks at least. Should I stop running and hope it goes away or work on strengthening or stretching of the Achilles and hamstring?

Shreya

How to run faster and stronger i.e not get injured. Also is there a rational race weight to get faster.

Sean K.

Is it a big deal to alter scheduled days to run as long as you get them in on what would have been a rest day? Running two or even three days in a row, because of conflicts, when the schedule states otherwise.

Mark Kennedy

Congrats Jason!

I know when I was training for my first marathon, plantar faciitis and ITBS set my training back.

I would love to more about scaling back training and/or cross training when injured and preparing for a race.

Patricia

A year ago started running as a beginner, with no level of fitness and asthma and certainly no experience at all: I’m interested what you would recommend as a starting point to firstly begin running from scratch but at the same ensuring you are educated about form, breathing and building a good base..

Greg Strosaker

Good luck with the book, let me know if you have any questions or need any help on the publishing process. Pretty straightforward with the Kindle, but there were a few tricks I had to learn the hard way.

Danny

Congratulations on the book and thanks for allowing your readers to have input!

Personally, I’d be interested in seeing, either in the book or on the site, guidance about the types of run we should be incorporating into our training and how and when they should be done and what the benefits of each are.

Lots of sites say do strides or some other variation but don’t explain sufficiently.

Cheers for the site and book
Danny

Elijah

Whats the deal with non specific lactate work and specific lactate work? I’ve heard that hills can be used indefinitely without peaking. Is that true? Also what’s the best way to determine and get to your racing weight if you are already thin? Great site!!!! I wait in anticipation for each post.

Emma Kate

This sounds awesome! I don’t have a Kindle, but I do have a Nook Color. Will it be available on that as well? Keep up the good work!

Leo

How do you know when to rest? Like let’s say you ran 2-3 consecutive days. Do you rest on the 3rd day? Does rest mean doing nothing? Or can you do core exercises on your rest day?

Jason

Great question Leo. There are some things planned for the book that I think you’ll like :)

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