Running Strong {A Book Review!}

I mentioned recently that for what seems like the first time in as many years as Betty has been alive, I’ve been able to occasionally sit down with a book and read it without being interrupted every 30 seconds. It seems that the folks at Runner’s World are a bunch of psychics because it was right around that time that I received an email with a great opportunity to read and review a couple new books! And I was lucky enough to be picked! 

The first book I had the pleasure of reviewing is Running Strong: The Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide to Staying Healthy and Injury-Free for Life by Dr. Jordan Metzl (and with Claire Kowalchik).

Running Strong cover

If you’ve been reading my blog over the past couple weeks I’m sure you will agree that this could not have come at a better time for me. If you haven’t, here’s a summary….I’ve been having a really hard time “staying healthy and injury-free”. Actually that would be a huge  understatement.

In Summary

Dr. Metzl is an athlete. As a 32-time marathoner and 12-time Ironman triathlete, he knows what it’s like to push your body to the limit. With all that under his belt, he is also obviously no stranger to injury and as a sports doctor he is no stranger to treating injuries that many of us are all-too familiar with. That’s why he became a doctor…because he knows how terrible it is to be sidelined from the sport you love.

I liked him immediately.

As the title suggests, Running Strong highlights everything that I would ever want to know about staying injury-free, but it is SO MUCH MORE than that.. Dr. Metzl profiles different types of runners and what each of these could expect to take away from the book. I saw myself in a couple of these categories and after reading further was so thrilled to find that he was right.

The book begins anatomy lesson and overview of healthy running mechanics and how the way that you run could be damaging your “kinetic chain”. We then visit a comprehensive list of common injuries, covering everything from shin splints to black toenails. It’s presented in an easy-to-follow format complete with illustrations, suggestions of exercises that you can do at home to help heal, strengthen, and prevent further injury to the affected area, and even uses the brand new Blipp technology. Blipp allows you to scan pages with a free phone app and suddenly it’s like you are transported directly to Dr. Metzl’s office! Running Strong is the first running/fitness book to utilize this awesome video technology and it can be found on many of the pages throughout.

Running Strong has sections on nutrition, the importance of sleep, foam roller exercises, maximizing your running (even catering specifically to women and men because we all know there are some major differences to how we run), how to best prepare for race day and how not to bonk when you get there. He introduces the IronStrength Workout for Runners: an intense full body workout specially designed to train your muscles with running-specific movements with each exercise illustrated with diagrams and Blipp video. I’m excited to add IronStrength into my routine.

He even has training plans for various races distances and every ability. And that doesn’t cover all of it. This book truly has everything I would have ever wanted to know and then a whole list of other things I would have never thought to ask.

My Thoughts

If you couldn’t guess, I think Running Strong is the best thing since sliced bread. Dr. Metzl rocks. It’s written in a friendly,  easy-to-follow style that I had a hard time putting down; I even read up on a bunch of injuries that don’t apply to me right now and I hope never do. So if anyone has any questions about Plantar Fasciitis let me know.

One of my favorite things is that it encourages active recovery from injury. For someone that finds sitting down to be impossible,  but is constantly being told by my entire family to stop moving around so much, I felt relieved that Dr. Metzl wants me to keep moving.  I’ll take a break from running if I have to, but there are so many other things I could be doing and he has lots of options for me.

It is the kind of book that will live within easy reach of me at all times. I have an e-copy on my phone and over the past week I’ve found myself using it on numerous occasions. Now that I’m trying to rework the end of my marathon training plan a bit to make room for all my current problems, I’ve been referring to the training plans, suggestions for pain relief, workout modification and the strengthening exercises.

Being hurt is terrible and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but I’m so glad to have received this book when I did and feel confident that his claims in the title are true. I could definitely see myself staying healthy and injury-free now that I have this resource and I think any runner regardless of fitness level could benefit greatly from it!

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Running Strong: The Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide to Staying Healthy and Injury-Free for Life for yourself, it can be found HERE.

For more information on Dr. Jordan Metzl, you can visit his website at and he can also be found being awesome all over social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Have you ever heard of Blipp technology before? (So cool right?!)



Runner’s World provided me with a copy of Running Strong to review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

46 thoughts on “Running Strong {A Book Review!}

  1. Anna @ Piper's Run says:

    I just received this book the other day and LOVING IT! OMG, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Though I skimmed your review (doing one of my own) we are completely on the same page! I know I already recommend it and I’m not quiet done with it 😉

      • Anna @ Piper's Run says:

        I completely agree…this is going to help my recovery over the next few months. I really love it (and will come back and read your full review – just didn’t want to read it all before I wrote my thoughts down 😉 ).

  2. sarahdudek80 says:

    I have heard nothing but great things about this book. I think I am going to have to get myself a copy. Now that we are in half marathon training and full marathon training is right around the corner I have sooo many athletes with aches and pains. It is always nice to have more information about this to share with others.

    • runsaltrun says:

      I was excited to read it based on the title alone, but I really don’t think he left a thing out. It’s so comprehensive that I’m still amazed it wasn’t over 1,000 pages long! Such an easy and interesting read anyway even if you aren’t looking for a specific ailment. 🙂

  3. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine says:

    I will definitely be reading this book! First of all I love to read about preventing/treating running injuries because I truly believe that you need to really understand an injury to recover from it properly and prevent the same thing from happening again. I am also a fan of active recovery- I have never gotten better from sitting around and doing nothing and that just makes me feel worse overall. Thanks for sharing!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Totally agree! Everything is presented in such a way that I can actually understand it though so I didn’t feel overwhelmed by a bunch of medical jargon or anything and I’m so visual so the format is perfect for someone like me. If you end up getting it, let me know what you think!

    • runsaltrun says:

      I have always loved his column too so I was pretty sure I would really enjoy the book. I don’t think I could love it more if I tried! I just wish it had existed sooner!

  4. charissarunning says:

    Sounds like a great resource – thanks for letting us know about it! I’ve got a few other books I’m still working my way through, but will definitely file this one away for the future 🙂

  5. klregan says:

    Oh man. I think I need to read this book! I have been battling a few injuries for years, and I’m sure I’m not done. Thanks for the review! I’ll have to check it out.

  6. SuzLyfe says:

    Active recovery is so important to come back from injury. And then proactively working to prevent them afterwards! I’ve heard great things about this book–I’m glad that it appears to be such a great resource!

  7. Jess @hellotofit says:

    I’ve never heard of blipp technology, but it sounds awesome!! So glad you love his book – I’ve never read it, but it seems really helpful!! Hope you’re having a great week so far, Salt ❤

    • runsaltrun says:

      It’s VERY cool! I had never heard of it until I read this book! I would be surprised if we weren’t seeing a lot more of it in the very near future. Great for fitness books to really give a good illustration of exercises, etc! I hope you are having a fantastic week too!

  8. Sweaty Mess says:

    I would totally love to have this book on my nightstand. I love books like this as a reference so I can go and look stuff up. Training plans and workouts are always a bonus!

    • runsaltrun says:

      I hope I don’t have to use it often in the future, but it’s nice to know that it’s there if I do. I may have to try out some of the training plans from start to finish too. They look great!

  9. Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles says:

    I have never heard of this technology but I am going to look up the book now, I think I need to buy it! Thanks for such a great review–sounds like a book most of us runners could use and learn from! Hope you are having an awesome week my friend! xo

    • runsaltrun says:

      It truly has something for everyone from the very beginning to much more advanced runners. I love it! Thank you so much, friend. I hope you are having a great week too. 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      It really is! And that’s one of my favorite parts of the book. The descriptions are all kind of vague, but a couple of them definitely applied to me! (And I got exactly the things out of the book that he described!)

  10. missadventuresinrunning says:

    I have been seeing pictures of this book all over instagram! I am glad to hear from someone who has actually read it! I am definitely contemplating a purchase!

  11. Maddie @ Dixie Runs says:

    I’m pretty sure my dad has this book. I’ll have to ask him about it. He was sidelined from running for about 6 months with injuries and switched to biking and made a full recovery. He was always talking about “active recovery”… we don’t have to give up being active just because we are hurt!

    • runsaltrun says:

      That’s what I’m always telling my naysaying family!! Definitely ask him about it. I would love to get myself a bike this summer just for cross training purposes, but if I ever am dealing with other injuries (which I’m sure I will be) I would much prefer that to sitting stationary on a gym bike. Biking can help so much with running anyway!

  12. Jennifer @ Running on Lentils says:

    I read his article on RW and love them. I did his Iron Strength workout last year & am doing it again this year. It’s really tough, so sometimes I need to take a break from it. But even when I do I still incorporate some of the Plyometric exercises he advocates.

    • runsaltrun says:

      He is simply awesome. The IronStrength workout looks so intense…I’m so glad to hear from someone who has tried it! (I suck at burpees so that’s what I’m dreading the most.)

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