Be a Better Runner: Real World, Scientifically-proven Training Techniques that Will Dramatically Improve Your Speed, Endurance, and Injury Resistance

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Written by marathoner and Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee, Sally Edwards, Be A Better Runner addresses every possible concern from posture and form to nutrition, footwear and race strategy. You’ll learn how to adapt running mechanics such as stride and pacing to your body type and fitness level while specific training regimens prepare you for any type of running event including sprints, distance runs, and marathons.

Co-authored with Carl Foster, the former President of ...

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Overview

Written by marathoner and Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee, Sally Edwards, Be A Better Runner addresses every possible concern from posture and form to nutrition, footwear and race strategy. You’ll learn how to adapt running mechanics such as stride and pacing to your body type and fitness level while specific training regimens prepare you for any type of running event including sprints, distance runs, and marathons.

Co-authored with Carl Foster, the former President of the American College of Sports Medicine, Be A Better Runner Every features the latest research in the science of running. You’ll learn the latest strategies to boost your performance, train more effectively, and aid post-workout recovery. The latest research on special concerns such as running after age 40, during pregnancy, overtraining in younger runners and preventing amenorrhoea in female distance runners is also highlighted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592334247
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 957,135
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy M. Wallack is a Los Angeles Times health and fitness columnist and former editor of Triathlete and Bicycle Guide magazines. A participant some of the world's toughest running, cycling, and multisport events, including the Boston Marathon, Badwater UltraMarathon, Eco-Challenge, La Ruta de los Conquistadores, and TransRockies Run, he finished second in the World Fitness Championship in 2004. Wallack has written for Outside, Men's Journal, Runner's World, Competitor, Bicycling, Mountain Bike, and authored The Traveling Cyclist: 20 Worldwide Tours of Discovery (1991) and Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100 (2005), an athletic longevity plan for cyclists.

Carl Foster Ph.D., FACSM is the former president of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a professor of exercise and sport science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and director of the Human Performance Laboratory at UW-L. Foster is a former associate editor-in-chief of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and a co-editor of ACSM\u2019s Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines. His distinguished professional career and accomplishments have produced over 250 scientific papers, book chapters, and longer works.

Sally Edwards is a former Master's World Record holder in the Ironman Triathlon, a 1984 Olympic Marathoner Trials Finisher as well as a World Record Holder in the Iditashoe 100-Mile Snowshoe Race. She has competed in some of the hardest races on the planet, including the Western States 100-Mile Run which she won. A leader in the field of fitness training, Sally holds a master's in Exercise Physiology and is the creator and CEO of the Heart Zones Training System which uses heart rate data and cardiac training ranges to enhance athletic performance. A founder of the sport of triathlon (and a Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee), most of Sally's recent races have been performed in her role as the National Spokeswoman for the Danskin Triathlon Series.

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Racing can be intimidating. After all, it’s so much harder than running. Running—what we do during training—is a comfortable, fun, motivational thing, full of the excitement of improving, the camaraderie of working out with friends and sharing training stories, and the feel-good endorphins of the so-called “runners high.” But then comes race day, and all those enjoyable aspects of the sport suddenly disappear. If you experience even a sliver of those warm-and-fuzzy running-training feelings during a race, according to Carl, consider yourself lucky. Because racing—real performance racing versus “just-want-to-finish”  racing—is not comfy and fun, mentally or physically. In fact, physiologically speaking, he says, if you do it right, it only feels good when it’s over. Understanding that and the reasons behind it is important, because you’ll realistically know what to expect during the race—and how to race it to your best. Then, after you’ve achieved your goal and made yourself proud, you can go home, collapse on the couch, and  return to your old carefree days of just simply running. Until the next race, that is.
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Table of Contents


Introduction

Chapter One: Get a Head Start: A Preview of Key Concepts: Hard/Easy, Threshold, and the Black Hole

Part One: A Scientific Training Revolution

Chapter Two: Your Heart Rate: The Ultimate Training Tool

Chapter Three: Training 101: Cutting-Edge Research for Fail-Safe Training

Chapter Four: Strength Training and Cross-Training: Building All-Body Fitness

Chapter Five: Strength Training, Cross-Training, and Flexiblity

Chapter Six: Choosing a Variety of Surfaces and Locations: Stronger, Faster Running by Training on Different Surfaces

Chapter Seven: Using Science for Better Running: Decades-Long Research for Optimal Training

Part Two: Running the Best Race(s) of Your Life

Chapter Eight: The Secrets of Setting Goals: Maximum Motivation for Your Best Race

Chapter Nine: Racing at Your Best: Being in Top Form on Race Day

Part Three: The X-Factors: Those Details That Make a Difference

Chapter Ten: Form: Forefoot, Midfoot, Rearfoot, or Barefoot?

Chapter Eleven: Get in Gear: The Latest Apparel, Shoes, and Accessories for Efficient, Comfortable Running

The Final Word: You Deserve This Stuff

Chapter Twelve: Nutrition and Hydration: Eat and Drink for Optimal Health and Performance

Chapter Thirteen: Safety for All Types of Runners: Running without Risk

Chapter Fourteen: Ready to Race: 5k, 10k, Half-Marathon and Marathon Training Plans

Photo Credits

About the Authors

Index

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