Mastering the Marathon: Time-Efficient Training Secrets for the 40-plus Athlete

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The ideal resource for athletes age forty and older who seek faster times and fewer injuries More than half a million Americans, and millions more worldwide, attempt a marathon every year. Around half are forty years old or older—athletes whose passion increasingly turns to frustration as they mature, with slower finishing times and more injuries. And yet, until now, there has been no book written specifically for them. In Mastering the Marathon, champion forty-plus endurance athlete and trainer Don Fink sets ...

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Overview

The ideal resource for athletes age forty and older who seek faster times and fewer injuries More than half a million Americans, and millions more worldwide, attempt a marathon every year. Around half are forty years old or older—athletes whose passion increasingly turns to frustration as they mature, with slower finishing times and more injuries. And yet, until now, there has been no book written specifically for them. In Mastering the Marathon, champion forty-plus endurance athlete and trainer Don Fink sets forth programs for anyone over forty—including those who enter the sport after turning forty—to prove that the challenge of a marathon is not too difficult, that the dream is not impossible. Starting with the premise that the training methods that work for younger athletes no longer work for athletes in their forties, fifties, and sixties, Fink presents exciting new training methods and step-by-step action plans that result in faster times, fewer injuries, and more enjoyment for the forty-plus marathoner. Including photos and profiles of successful older athletes, Mastering the Marathon also provides an illustrated exercise program for core and functional strength, ways to avoid common training and racing mistakes, recovery methods unique to forty-plus athletes, secrets to staying injury-free, and much more.

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Praise for author's previous book, Be IronFit: "Most how-to books are too technical or too shallow. Don Fink manages to pen a unique combination of information, anecdotes, and readability. I enjoyed the read and learned a few valuable tidbits in the process. Well done!" —Scott Tinley, two-time Ironman World Champion "Don's book certainly made me think. A truly complete book for all abilities in the sport of triathlon that leaves no subject untouched." —Spencer Smith, three-time Triathlon World Champion
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599219455
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/8/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 327,571
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Fink is an internationally known triathlon and running coach/trainer and the author of the popular triathlon training book, Be IronFit: Time-Efficient Training Secrets for Ultimate Fitness (Lyons Press). He trains endurance athletes on five continents through his business: IronFit (IronFit.com). Don is also an elite athlete; his time of 9:08 at the 2004 Ironman Florida is one of the fastest times ever recorded by an athlete in the 45-49 age group.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Chapter 1 Three Magic Bullets 1

Chapter 2 The Recovery Trick 19

Chapter 3 Free Running Miles 31

Chapter 4 Highly Effective Training Races 51

Chapter 5 Your Perfect Marathon Training Plan 64

Chapter 6 Fuel and Hydrate Like You Mean It 98

Chapter 7 Core and Functional Strength Training 115

Chapter 8 Leaner Is Faster 134

Chapter 9 Secrets to Staying Injury-Free 153

Chapter 10 Racing Strategies and Mental Approaches 178

Chapter 11 Avoiding Common Training and Racing Mistakes 194

Chapter 12 Summary and Conclusion 211

Appendix A Suggested Reading 215

Appendix B Suggested Web Links 217

Appendix C Glossary 218

Acknowledgments 222

Index 223

About the Author 230

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