Roy M. Wallack is a Los Angeles Times health and fitness columnist and former editor of Triathlete and Bicycle Guide magazines. A life-long runner and participant some of the world’s toughest running and multisport events, including the Boston Marathon and the Badwater UltraMarathon, the Eco-Challenge and Primal Quest adventure races, the Paris-Brest-Paris, TransAlp Challenge, and La Ruta de los Conquistadores road and mountain bike endurance races, and the TransRockies Run, he finished second in the World Fitness Championship in 2004. Wallack is a contributor to Outside, Men’s Journal, Runner’s World, Competitor, Bicycling, Mountain Bike, and many other publications, and the author of The Traveling Cyclist: 20 Worldwide Tours of Discovery (1991) and Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100 (2005), which lays out a plan for athletic longevity through cycling.
Run for Life: The Anti-Aging, Anti-Injury, Super-Fitness Plan to Run to 100by Roy M. Wallack
Over 35 and want to win your age group and run injury-free for the next 50 years or even longer? Run for Life lays out a plan to help you run to 100. Traveling the running world from Kenya to Tahiti and Boston to Badwater in search of the keys to super-fit running longevity, Wallack tests new running methods, products, and fitness regimens, and talks to the
Over 35 and want to win your age group and run injury-free for the next 50 years or even longer? Run for Life lays out a plan to help you run to 100. Traveling the running world from Kenya to Tahiti and Boston to Badwater in search of the keys to super-fit running longevity, Wallack tests new running methods, products, and fitness regimens, and talks to the world's top coaches, athletes, and researchers as he develops a science-backed, time-efficient strategy for long-term running fitness. Featuring 10 extensive oral-history interviews with super-fit, all-time greats, such as Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, and Dr. Kenneth Cooper, Run for Life brims with ground-breaking innovations, including:· Soft Running: A bio-mechanical overhaul that reduces knee-shock by 50% · A Call to Arms: A cheap, simple handgrip that automatically perfects your form · HGH Strength Training: Fast, high-intensity resistance exercises that stop age-related muscle deflation and build speed, power, balance, and quick-reaction time by jacking up the natural release of human growth hormone · The Ultra Interval: Crazy-hard 20- and 30-second all-out sprints that leave you gasping and cue rapid strength increases that essentially make you younger · High-tech Water Running: New pool tools that are making champion runners faster and safer on land · Barefoot Running: How going shoeless strengthens feet, cuts shock, and adds running longevity · Yoga on the Run: A just-for-runners flexibility/warmup program designed by famed multisport yogi Steve Ilg · And much more!
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I very, very highly recommend this book. I recommend reading it just after Christopher McDougal's "Born to Run" and before any of the many other excellent books on barefoot, minimalist or "soft" running. It's quite readable and entertaining. It has one of the best collections of in-depth interviews with top runners and coaches. Although Roy later co-authored "Barefoot Running Step by Step" with the guru of barefoot running, Ken Bob Saxton, this book has information unique to it on running and training techniques not as well-covered elsewhere in the more than a dozen books that I've read. This book keeps gravitating back to the top of the pile. I'm 67 and very interested in being able to keep running without injury, and maintaining or even improving my health and strength. This book, while not specifically about barefoot or minimalist running in the title, provides exceedingly important information not covered or not covered as well in the more than a dozen well-known books that I have read on barefoot, minimalist, or injury free running. All these other books are good pieces of the complete puzzle of injury free running and improved health. "Run for Life" provides unique information, on how to improve health and strength for runners in their prime as well as for all of us as we age. It provides, in the book, and with further references, illustrated corrective and preventative exercises and techniques not covered as well or at all in other running books. It's coverage of body alignment and posture, the swinging position of arms, hands, and thumbs, and interval training of all types, is unique and among the best I have read. A real keeper. I've given away many copies to my friends.