I purchased this book from Amazon back in November (before my 2nd half marathon). I had hopes of reading it over the winter, but one thing after another kept me from finding free time to read it. Having 3 half marathons under my belt I no longer consider myself a beginning runner (perhaps back in November, I was, but no longer). I have read exhaustively and studied running topics that match my current running needs. I went ahead and read this book, nonetheless. It was a great book! There is even a chapter about mental strength that is rarely found in beginner books (I read every word of that chapter since it's my weakest area of running). I have read a half dozen books geared at the beginning runner, but this one, more than any other, is truly a fantastic book for all beginning runners. If you have a friend who is just getting into racing, this would make a fantastic book. It's a bit of hand holding and a bit of cheerleading, but it's an honest and do-able step by step guide to becoming a runner. I wish I had read this book a year or two ago. I will definitely be referring this book to all my newbie running peepes. This is a must read for rookies!