Saturday, April 4, 2015

Running Strong - Book Review

We all want medical and health advice from people who are involved in the same sports that we are, which in reality, is sometimes easier said than done.

I was provided the opportunity to review "Dr. Jordan Metzl's Running Strong: The Sports Doctor's Complete Guide to Injury-Free Running for Life" and I jumped at the chance! I have been injured twice in my short running career (peroneal tendonitis) and have experienced the normal aches and pains from intense training.

Dr. Jordan Metzl is a runner and triathlete, as it says on the cover of the book he has completed 32 marathons and 12 Ironmans, and has experienced an injury - a torn ACL. His book "Running Strong" is a great reference with a lot of information about different injuries and how to prevent them in order to maintain a healthy running career.

His book is broken up into five sections: Nuts and Bolts, Uh-Oh: What's that Pain?, Getting the Most from your Machine, Tools of the Trade and His and Hers.

I read the entirety of section 1: Nuts and Bolts. This provided an overview of healthy running and why some runners become injured. I thought that this was an informative review of the bio-mechanics of running and confirmed that I need to keep adding strength training to my routine!

The next section was one that I skimmed. I think it is a great reference for when you are trying to identify why you are experiencing pain and what might be going on with your body. I did check out the section on peroneal tendonitis since I have had that injury twice. This section is divided into nine chapters, eight that focus on specific areas of the body from your feet to your upper body and one that focuses on other aches and pains, such as, blisters. The chapters include diagrams, symptoms, and how to remedy the injury that you are experiencing.

I also skimmed the fourth and fifth sections. I found some of the nutrition information interesting, as well as, some of the differences between men and women (which is a good thing for me to keep in mind while Mike and I train together). The female section went in depth on running during pregnancy, which isn't something that applies to me, so I skimmed this information as well. The two sections are also good references and reminders for maintaining your health as a runner.

 Your body is your machine

The third section was one I was really excited to see. Dr. Metzl included his strength training program IronStrength in this section. I have been working on incorporating more strength training into my routine this year and the other day I tried his workout.

This book has another really cool feature: it utilizes the Blippar app (which you can get for free) so that you can view numerous videos for more information. I used the app while trying out the IronStrength workout when I was unsure about a specific move.

 Checking out the Blippar app during the IronStrength workout!

I did modify his workout (shortened some of the sets/reps), but overall I really enjoyed it! I am going to continue to incorporate this workout into my strength training routine.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It isn't one that you read in its entirety in one sitting (unless you really want to), but it is a great reference with a TON of information. The Blippar app just increases the amount of information that you can gain access to in order to keep yourself healthy while running.

If you would like more information about Dr. Jordan Metzl, here are some resources:

Dr. Jordan Metzl's website
Twitter (@drjordanmetzl)
Instagram (@drjordanmetzl) 
Facebook (Dr. Jordan Metzl)

If you are interested in buying this book, you can do so here. I would highly recommend that you check it out!

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of "Running Strong" from Runner's World at no cost in exchange for a review. I was not compensated in any other way and the opinions expressed in this post are, as always, my own. 

1 comment:

  1. I've heard great things about this book so far--excited to check it out for myself! Also, pickle juice is legit. I'll take a shot of it after really hard workouts and/or if I experience intense calf cramps.