Shut Up and Run: How to Get Up, Lace Up, and Sweat with Swagger by Robin Arzon

July 12, 2016
Shut Up and Run: How to Get Up, Lace Up, and Sweat with Swagger, Robin Arzon, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: Harper Design on June 21, 2016
Format Read: Hardcover (192 pages)
Genre: Running/ Fitness/ Nonfiction
Series: Standalone
Source: Purchased
Rating: STARS
Shut Up and Run: How to Get Up, Lace Up, and Sweat with Swagger

An ultra marathoner and running coach captures the energy and joy of running in this illustrated, full-color motivational interactive fitness guide and journal that will inspire every type of runner—from beginner to experienced marathoner—to shut up and run.
Running isn’t just an activity, it’s a lifestyle that connects runners with the world around them, whether they’re pounding the pavement of crowded big city streets or traversing trails through quite woods and fields. Reflecting the excitement, color, and focus of the running experience, Shut Up and Run offers tips, tricks, and visual motivation to help every runner cultivate miles of sweat, laughter, swagger, and friendship. Combining a fitness manual, training program, and self-help advice book in one, this gorgeous, four-color book—filled with anecdotes and stunning action imagery, and supported by graphic inspirational quotes—contains essential training tips for every level, including meditation and visualization techniques, that address a runner’s body and mind.

Robin Arzon offers unique style tips and practical gear recommendations to help you show off your best stuff mile after mile, and tells you everything you need to know, from how to pick the best running shoes to how to get off that sofa and go. No detail is left to chance; Shut Up and Run is loaded with information on every aspect of the runner’s world, from gear and music to training for a half marathon and post-race recovery tips. Robin includes space at the end of each chapter to track your progress as you build up to your first marathon or other running goals.
Designed to help readers find the information quickly and easily, loaded with practical advice, style, and attitude, this practical guide—written by a runner for runners—makes it clear that to succeed, you need to shut up and run!


I bought this book because Robin Arzon is a fitness inspiration to me. This book is packed full of fitness motivation and tools to help you run better. The book also features several chapters where Robin shares what motivated her to run, and how beneficial it has been in her life. I can relate to Robin, more than other fitness guru's because she is an ex-corporate lawyer. While most people daydream about quitting their jobs and following their passion, Robin actually did it.
The content is wedged between great action shots of Robin running through New York. The content itself is to quirky and to the point. It ranges from training plans, suggested music playlists, and space to document your own running journey. Robin wants to stress how accessible running is for everyone. Reading the many hardships and set backs Robin had before becoming a ultra-marathoner, I was encouraged to keep making progress with my running. 

I am always happy to support women of color who have used their wide ranging gifts to succeed. I will continue to use this book as a resource, and source of motivation. I wanted some of the tips to be expanded on a bit more, but was still happy with what I learned. If you ever started a running training program or are looking to improve your fitness, this is a great place to start. I would recommend this book to anyone who is ready to run, and be inspired.


AT THE HEIGHT OF HER CORPORATE LAW CAREER, Robin fearlessly left it all behind to embark on new adventures in the health and wellness space. She soon discovered her passion for coaching athletes.

As a Peloton Cycle senior instructor, she believes that sweat transforms lives. When she’s not training for ultramarathons, she serves as a brand ambassador for some of the world’s top fitness brands, such as Adidas and formerly Nike, and has successfully become a sought-after partner who connects brands directly to consumers via social media.

As an advocate for the fitness movement Undo Ordinary, she cofounded and serves as editor in chief of the print publication Undo Magazine, which combines sweat and fashion. Her life’s mission is to redefine, reform, and rethink possibility through movement.

Robin graduated magna cum laude from New York University and Villanova University School of Law. She is a RRCA certified running coach, NASM certified personal trainer, and Schwinn spin instructor. Run with her on Instagram @robinnyc

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