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Better Training for Distance Runners - 2nd Edition / Edition 2

Better Training for Distance Runners - 2nd Edition / Edition 2

by David Martin, Peter N. Coe

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ISBN-13: 9780880115308
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 03/14/1997
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 8.48(w) x 11.02(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

No two authors are better qualified than David Martin and Peter Coe to address both the physiology and coaching of distance running. Martin has served as marathon chair of USA Track & Fiel&dgrave;s (USATF) Me&ngrave;s Development Committee since 1979 and as chair of the national governing bod&ygrave;s Sport Science Subcommittee since 1984. These positions have allowed him to coach, advise, and scientifically evaluate many of Americàs best men and women distance runners. They have also provided him the opportunity to work with and learn from other top coaches and sports scientists around the world. A fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Martin is the author of four books, including The High Jump Book, The Marathon Footrace, and Training Distance Runners. He also is a contributor to New Studies in Athletics, the technical journal of the International Amateur Athletic Federation.

Dr. Martin is a regents professor of health sciences at Georgia State University, which has three times honored him as a distinguished professor. He is also a results statistician for the Association of International Marathons and the Association for Track & Field Statisticians.

Peter Coe has successfully coached domestic and foreign runners at all levels, but he is probably best known for guiding his son Sebastian to one of the greatest middle distance running careers of all time. Under Pete&rgrave;s tutelage, Sebastian won two Olympic gold medals in the 1500-meter run and two Olympic silver medals in the 800-meter run; a bronze, a silver, and a gold at the European championships; and 12 world records. A retired engineer, Coe is a recognized international lecturer and a writer. He is author of Training Distance Runners and Winning Running. Coe was presented the Senior Coaching Award by the British Athletics Association and was named Coach of the Year by the British Miler&sgrave; Club—an organization for which he served as chairman for several years.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Biomechanics of Running

Kinesiology: The Study of Movement

Running-Specific Movement

Interesting Questions About Running Biomechanics

Evaluating and Improving Running Biomechanics

Summary: Using Biomechanics Effectively


Chapter 2. Muscle Physiology for Running

Anatomic Aspects of Neuromuscular Integration

Generation of Muscle Tension

Skeletal Muscle Fiber Types

Effects of Training on Skeletal Muscle Performance

Summary: Using Muscle Physiology for Better Training


Chapter 3. The Energy Dynamics of Running

Thermodynamics Made Easy

Energy Storage in Tissues: ATP and CP

The Four Energy Systems

Comparing Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism

Comparing Carbohydrates and Fatty Acids as Fuels

Metabolism of Carbohydrates

Metabolism of Fats: Aerobic Lipolysis

Interaction of Carbohydrate and Fat Metabolism During Exercise

Summary: Better Training Through Chemistry


Chapter 4. Heart, Lung, and Blood Adaptations to Running

Aerobic and Anaerobic Contributions to Performance

Physiological Indicators of Performance

Exercise as a Challenge to the Heart, Lungs, and Blood

Measuring Cardiopulmonary Fitness in the Laboratory

Summary: Training and Monitoring the Heart and Lungs for Better Running


Chapter 5. Developing Running With Periodization Training

Goal Setting

Principles of Periodization

Periodization Using Multi-Tier Training

Constructing Your Own Effective Training Plan

Suggestions for Better Use of Multi-Tier Training

Using Altitude Training as a Fitness-Enhancing Stimulus

Keep a Training Diary

Summary: Building Better Fitness by Running


Chapter 6. Developing Total Fitness

Adapting Muscles to Stress Loading

Flexibility: The Essence of Joint Motion

Body Composition: Importance and Measurement

Summary: Running Improvement Through Total-Body Conditioning


Chapter 7. Preparing to Race

General Concepts for Race Preparation

The 800-Meter Run

The 1,500-Meter Run

The Steeplechase

The 5,000-Meter Run

The l0,000-Meter Run

Road Racing

The Marathon

Preparing for and Delivering Successful Competitions

Summary: Running Your Best Race


Chapter 8. Managing Balanced Training

Fatigue: A Natural Consequence of Training

Muscle Soreness and Connective Tissue Injury

Overtraining and Staleness: Beyond Fatigue

Preventing Overtraining

Summary: Extending a Running Career


What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Better Training for Distance Runners is the complete manual for athletes, coaches, and educators. The book explains complicated issues and answers questions that lead to improved understanding of the art and science of distance running."

Keith A. Brantly U.S. Team Member 1996 Olympic Marathon

"The first edition of Better Training for Distance Runners helped me make it to the 1996 Olympics and I believe this second edition can help me medal in the 2000 Olympics. The book allows runners to focus on specific events in distance running and explains the science of distance running in a manner that all distance runners can understand and use to their advantage. This really is a great book. I honestly was inspired to get out and train after each time I picked it up. I have worked with Dave Martin firsthand and everything I have learned from him is right here in this book. Dave is putting his love for distance running in the hands of the general public."

Mark J. Coogan U.S. Team Member 1996 Olympic Marathon

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Better Training for Distance Runners - 2nd Edition 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is tailored toward a small group of people, namely very serious competitive runners who plan to manage a successful running career. It is not for the weekend warrior who runs to lose weight, someone trying to run their first marathon, or attention deficit high school students who get discouraged because of the vast scientific knowledge contained in this book. It is a thoroughly researched, brilliantly done, scientifically based work that is probably the most complete book on competitive running ever compiled. I especially loved the fact of the 800m race being included in the strategy section, as a serious 800/1600m athlete is often left without advice on how to run the half, one of the most challenging yet neglected distance events. If you are serious, OR if you are mainly a 800m and 1600m runner as I am, then buy this book, otherwise purchase the Daniels Running Formula, the other `best¿ running book ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book by Martin and Coe is one of the best books on training out there. It gives the athelete everything he/she wants to know. Not only do they tell you about the successes of world-class athelete Sebastian Coe, but how he got there. This book tells you more than the training schedule and such, it presents important ideas that I never saw presented by other books very thoroughly, how to tell you're overtraining and why it happens, the importance of communication between the runner and the coach(even if it is the same person), how to weight train properly, etc. The data they present is for your benefit; you can take as much or as little as you want. You don't have to accept they methods, but the scientific data allows you to draw your own conclusions as well. This book is one of a kind indeed.