The author relates her experiences as a middle-age woman who morphs into a physically active runner. Filled with useful tips on running and general health, this book helps you find that "It's never too late to discover the champion hidden within."
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Aging boomers, in our tradition of defying tradition, are taking up physical fitness, not at rocking-chair level. When my husband warned me I was too old to crank the treadmill above a walk, I dyed my hair and became a runner.From the Inside Flap:
Karen Dove Barr was a fifty-year-old size 14 working mother when the last of her children grew up and abandoned her. All that remained was a sixty hour-a-week paid job and three bedrooms full of belongings rejected by thre Salvation Army. In an effort to fill the void Karen began exercising despite the fact that her timing and coordination were so bad that she was: a) Asked to drop out of a rhythm band in second grade, b) Invited out of the gym by an aerobics instructor in her thirties, c) offered a refund when she signed up for clogging class in her forties. Karen tried running a few steps on a treadmill at a retirement center, but her husband told her just to walk because she was too old. In response she signed up for a 5-K (3.1 miles),women-only race and so much fun she couldn't wait to run again. Shortly thereafter she began racing regularly in 5-Ks, 10-Ks,and finally the half marathon (13.1 miles). Running forced Karen to replace her wardrobe with size 6s and 4s. Unlike most of her non-running contemporaries, Karen's blood pressure and cholesterol remain at levels usually seen in healthy twenty-year-olds. She regularly places in the top three of her age group, provided two or fewer other ladies her age participate. Ten years later she's still running twenty miles a week. Karen isn't a member of a professional running organization, but the Savannah Striders Track Club tolerates her because she makes the rest of the meembers look good. If she can do it, you can too. Her book explains how and adds advice from doctors,a personal trainer specializing in geriatric exercise, and an exercise therapist who is also a gerontologist adna runner. Following the experts'techniques will allow most aging non-thletes to become healthy runners. The book covers dressing for running, survival without makeup, staying motivated as an older athlete, combining running with travel, and proselytizing your spouse and children. Karen also includes instructions for running with your grandchildren.
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Book Description Brundage Publishing, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Betty Tuininga (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1892451522
Book Description Brundage Publishing, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111892451522
Book Description Brundage Publishing, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition. 118 pages. 8.80x6.10x0.60 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1892451522