Slow AF Run Club is a practical, empowering guide for runners of all shapes, sizes, and athletic abilities.


BY Martinus Evans

Certified running coach, Martinus Evans, shares his journey from being told to “lose weight or die” to becoming an eight-time marathoner. Covering all topics from nutrition, to gear, to racing, recovery, and finding your pack – this book will make running less intimidating and more joyful, no matter where you are on your journey. But don’t be fooled; this isn’t just a running book; it’s a story about the power of a growth mindset, the importance of inclusivity, and the role of mental health in our overall well-being. Martinus has dedicated his life to breaking down barriers in the running world and promoting size-inclusivity, mindset, DEI, and mental health.

Slow AF Run Club marks another formidable step toward making the running world a more empowering, supportive space for everyone


Ten years ago, Martinus Evans got some stern advice from his doctor: “Lose weight or die.” First defensive, but then defiant, Evans vowed that day to run a marathon, though his doctor thought he was crazy. Since then, Evans has run eight marathons and hundreds of other distances in his 300-something body, created his own devoted running community, and has been featured on the cover of Runner’s World.

This book is a blueprint for those who may not fit the image of a “traditional” runner—that is, someone who is larger in size, less athletic, out of shape, or dealing with any kind of health issue that slows them down—to feel empowered to lace up their shoes and embrace the body they have right now.

As Evans says, the incredible benefits of running—better sleep, strong muscles and bones, better cardiovascular and mental health, and a sense of community—can and should be available to all of us. This practical handbook contains specialized advice to make getting started less intimidating, covering everything from gear and nutrition to training schedules, recovery tips, races (it’s okay to come in DFL! [i.e., dead f*cking last]), and finding a running group. Full of essential advice and humor from a former newbie who fell off a treadmill on his first run (literally), The Slow AF Run Club is for anyone who wants to pick up running for the sheer joy of it.

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Publication Date: Jun 06, 2023
List Price: $18.00
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780593421727
Imprint: Avery
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann