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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Running in the Midpack by Anji Andrews and Martin Yelling, read by Martin Yelling and Anji Andrews.

A smart and refreshingly brilliant running book designed for the all-too-often overlooked middle-of-the-pack runner, written by Marathon Talk’s Martin Yelling and Anji Andrews.

Welcome to the midpack!

Running pushes us, stretches us, asks us difficult questions, challenges us. It gives us space, calms us down, picks us up, boosts our energy, rewards, inspires and fulfils us.

Midpack runners - those who fall between the beginners and the elite - are the heartbeat and footsteps of the running community. In this long-overdue book, Marathon Talk's Martin Yelling and Anji Andrews share their expert knowledge, first-person stories and coaching ideas to nourish the midpackers’ running experience.

Covering such diverse topics as ‘Making Yourself Bullet-Proof’ and ‘How to Nail Your Race’, Running in the Midpack will cultivate your running progress and help you to become a healthy, happy and successful runner.

Marathon Talk is the UK's number one running podcast.

©2021 Anji Andrews and Martin Yelling (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"A masterpiece...this book will teach you what to look out for, how to balance your running so that you achieve the best “you” possible." (Paul-Sinton Hewitt CBE, parkrun founder)

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I just didn't enjoy this

it was repetitive, in inspiring and the content just felt like lists of stuff, maybe I don't care about being a mod pack runner or class myself in this way. a big focus on racing too I felt rather than running for running, so not my cup of tea

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Excellent

This was a great book to re-set my running journey.
Full of common sense and guidance, I’d recommend this to all runners, not just us in the mid-pack.
It’s read by Martin (mainly) and Anji whose voices are very recognisable to those that listen to Marathon Talk.
I will be buying the physical book too as part of the guidance I feel will translate better on paper (for me); don’t let that put you off downloading the Audible version though.

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Not for me...

Some useful advice but not my fave running book so far. I love running (and consider myself a newbie since I started in 2020) but I didn't find this book all that inspiring or even telling me much that I didn't already know. I wanted to like it and listened through in the hope that it would suddenly click with me but I found the content a bit dry and too repetitive. The phrase "mid pack runner" must have been used almost every other paragraph which grates after a while. I thought the book might provide some more technical info about training and nutrition but its wooly in that area and the book is more like a motivational "in praise of the kid pack runner" style theme which is not what I expected.

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Best running book I’ve read

How refreshing to find a book on running that addresses the mental aspects of running as much as the physical. I love that it didn’t assume the existing knowledge of experience of the reader, and the authors didn’t claim to be experts. A book I can see myself coming back to again and again.

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A bit boring

I tried listening to this one my long runs but frequently noticed I had zoned out or become totally bored.
There's nothing really in here that you most likely won't already know if you run to the level assumed of the book.

I think this is one of those books that works better in print, so that you can flick through chapters that are relevant to you rather than having to read all of it.

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The dickhead switch. Best. Advice. Ever.

I think my headline pretty much covers it. No great theorizing or radical ideas, but decent solid advice for runners. Chatty style, but well thought out and informative.

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Groundhog Day, chapter by chapter

Yes, there are some good tips, but they are thrown at you paragraph but paragraph with little substance. Each chapter feels the same. The narration doesn’t help either. Am I missing something here? Is it just me? Managed four chapters. Sorry just not getting this.