RUN FOR YOUR LIFE: The Book for Beginning Women Runners

“[Debbie’s] book also features encouraging sidebars with pithy ruminations and tips from women runners. Their contagious enthusiasm, and that of the author, will give any woman that extra push to get out of the door and become a runner.” — Runner’s World Magazine


It looks so easy. But for the woman who has never run farther than the bus stop, running can seem daunting, even painful. The good thing is that running is free—you can run anywhere…no gym membership required. All you need are your own two feet and a little support.

Run for Your Life gives you the lowdown on what you need to get moving—from your first trot down the block, to simple training programs, to racing and cross-training. Both a great reference and a powerful motivational tool, Run For Your Life provides advice that will get readers started in a sport that benefits both body and mind.

Inside this book, you’ll find information on:

  • The physical, emotional, social and mental benefits of running
  • How and when to stretch
  • Specific concerns for women runners
  • How to begin and ramp up your running program
  • What to wear
  • Where to run
  • How to eat to run
  • How to stay motivated
  • Whether road races are for you
  • The importance of cross training

If you picked up this book, running is something that you’ve thought about doing, even if you’ve never taken the first steps. Well, now you have. Give yourself a gift and read on. You can be a runner too.

Originally published by Perigee Books / Penguin Putnam in 2002, Run for Your Life is currently available through iUniverse’s Back-in-Print imprint.

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Run for Your Life is a great gift for any woman in your life whom you want to nudge into the running world.

Runner's Gazette

Run for Your Life is a down-to-earth look at running from a perspective all women can identify with. Reber gives you the feeling that you are talking to a friend.

The Rundown

Whether a beginning runner or a seasoned vet like me, Run for Your Life is a book that’s like an old and trusted friend.

Freddi Carlip, Road Runner's Club of America