Running Wild

Fitness Running coverFitness Running
Brown and Henderson

Submitter: I’m guessing that some things have changed about fitness running in the last 20 years. If nothing else, the fashions sure have. Bonus points to this book for mentioning leaving your “cassette tape player or earphone radio at home.” With all the people I see using their iPods to play running podcasts and track their progress online with apps I don’t know if this particular advice is relevant. I especially like the 3rd picture, in which the runner is exploring his limits. His FASHION limits, maybe.

Holly: This looks more ’80s than ’90s. With so many great running books out there, there’s not much reason to keep this around. If it’s the best you can do, it isn’t too bad, but definitely outdated. Love the pictures, though!

winter running

competitive runner



  1. So cross out “cassette tape” and write in “mp3.” It doesn’t take a genius to make that mental adjustment. I don’t know why they want you to leave it at home, though. I get up to a much better pace when I have music with me.

    But yeah, put some pants on the man in purple.

  2. I used to work for this publisher, Human Kinetics. They were really cheap with the photo illustrations. If there was a photo depicting something close to what needed to be pictured in the files already, that’s what would be used. The information was good, however.

    On a side note, HK was one of the most horrible places to work ever. I lasted about 18 months before skedaddling.

  3. I’ve heard the “leave it at home”/”don’t listen to music while walking/running/jogging” advice before. It’s typically framed as safety issue; a person can be distracted by music and not notice a car as they start to cross the street or someone sneaking up behind them.

    The submitter’s point wasn’t that you should weed this because the outdated technology it mentions has modern equivalents (“cross out X, write in Y”) but that modern portable electronics offer a lot more to runners than simply music; the various fitness apps available (not to mention more generic benefits like having a cell phone in case of emergencies) make the “leave it at home” attitude more or less irrellevant to modern runners.

    1. Oops. This was supposed to be a reply to Edgar a couple posts up. Oh well, I guess it gets to sit down here looking sheepish.

    2. Ah, I go on paths where there are no cars. I never really see people running in the street. If I have to cross one, I know to look…

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