Every now and then you come across a new book - not a regurgitated version of someone else's work, but a refreshing book that has original content and an exciting vibe to it. “Running for the Average Joe” provides this and I think many novice and seasoned runners will be able to relate. In his prologue, author Bill Watts notes that his book is for "average" runners, but I found that it expands its useful life to intermediate or advanced runners just as easily.
In the book, Watts tells his tale of what he calls “unruly weight gain and deteriorating health” at a relatively young age. He cites many examples and corresponding anecdotes for health-related issues and the book is a treasure trove of information – everything from diets to training plans.
I’ve read this book cover to cover several times, and each time I’m able to understand more about the author and the struggle for an “average” runner to attain high goals. From what I can tell (from the book and online race results), he peaked in his early 50’s, going from 5 and 6-hour marathons to sub-3 hour marathons. I’ve also been following his recent race results and he has proven over and over how an average runner can excel at any race distance, even as we get older.
If you want to get inside the mind of an average-turned-high performing athlete, buy a copy of “Running for the Average Joe!” His work is passionate and thorough, thoughtful and entertaining. This book is a MUST READ for any runner who has the motivation to excel.