“Build Your Running Body is the most useful, info-packed, and comprehensive training manual I’ve ever read.” - Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon winner and Runner’s World editor-at-large

BUILD YOUR RUNNING BODY is the first whole-body, PHOTO-ILLUSTRATED fitness manual for runners. Whether you’re a beginner looking to train for the first time or an experienced runner hoping to improve your personal best at 5K or the marathon, Build Your Running Body offers a breakthrough exercise plan that will carry you to your fitness goal. You’ll learn to build your fitness from the ground up, targeting the individual components–muscles, connective tissue, cardiovascular system, nervous system, hormones, and more–that power each step you take.

In the book you’ll find:

  • 9 chapters on running components (what they are & how best to train them)
  • 350+ photos as part the photo-instruction for more than 150 workouts, exercises, and stretches
  • 6 chapters on diet and nutrition
  • Sample training schedules for runners of all levels
  • Training plans for the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon
  • An injury-prevention chart for 40+ common running injuries, including recommended exercises for prevention of each
  • Advice on creating your own, individualized training program
  • Advice on running gear (what you need for different climate, terrain, and training intensities)
  • Pace charts for all workouts and major race distances
  • Calorie charts for all workouts
  • Dozens of recipes for healthy and delicious fueling
  • Detailed analysis of various cross training options
  • A glossary of words and phrases that you’ll use while navigating the world of running

Improved running performance and whole-body fitness aren’t unsolved mysteries. Coaches, athletes, and exercise physiologists have been working on both for decades, and the giant leaps forward in fitness and performance speak for themselves. The trick lies in utilizing advances in training to achieve your own fitness goals. The truth is that your body is an incredibly complex biological machine with hundreds of working parts, and good training demands that you target all of them. Build Your Running Body is dedicated to a simple principle: If you want to become a better runner, you must begin by building a better running body.





“As a running author myself it pains me to say this, but if you’re a new runner or returning to the sport, The Born Again Runner is the only book you need.” - Mark Remy, Runner’s World columnist and author of Runners of North America and The Runner’s Rule Book

“Whether you’re just starting out as a runner or starting afresh, you can do no better than heed the guidance of running’s ultimate comeback kid, Pete Magill.” - Matt Fitzgerald, author of How Bad Do You Want It?



“Pete Magill’s running career has shown he’s the ‘master of the 5K.’ This guidebook proves that he’s also the best at teaching others how to improve their 5K performance. Do what Pete says, and you’re sure to run stronger, healthier, and faster.” - AMBY BURFOOT, 1968 Boston Marathon winner, Runner’s World editor at large

“I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again: If you want to run faster, do what Pete Magill says. It’s that simple.” - SCOTT DOUGLAS, Runner’s World contributing editor, author or co-author of 7 running books, including Meb for Mortals and Advanced Marathoning