Better Training for Distance Runners - 2nd Edition / Edition 2 available in Other Format
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- Human Kinetics Publishers
Better Training for Distance Runners provides a prescription for success for toda&ygrave;s competitive distance runners and their coaches. The book combines recent research, sound training principles, and proven program strategies to improve performance in events ranging from the 800-meters to the marathon.
Runners and coaches will find it easy to apply the boo&kgrave;s cutting-edge information about running physiology and biomechanics. The&ygrave;ll receive straightforward advice for conditioning and competing in the whole range of distance events. The book also covers many popular topics in running, including how to:
• accurately assess running fitness,
• gauge training intensity,
• adjust training loads to achieve peak readiness for competition,
• determine the most effective racing strategy for each event, and
• stay healthy throughout a running career.
Authors Dr. David Martin and Peter Coe are the perfect team for translating lab findings to the road and running track. As one of the worl&dgrave;s foremost researchers on running, Martin regularly tests elite runners to identify their best strategies for staying healthy and improving fitness. Peter Coe, father and coach of 800- and 1000-meter world record holder Sebastian Coe, has long been regarded as a master of devising training plans that allow athletes to reach peak fitness when it counts most. Together, Martin and Coe present the most comprehensive and useful resource on the art and science of distance running—the formula that has produced many national championship, Olympic medal, and world record performances.
Better Training for Distance Runners builds upon the success of the first edition by providing loads of new information, such as the effects of altitude training and glycerin loading, the health problems experienced by women runners who may be too thin, and the best strategies for running road races and the steeplechase. I&tgrave;s an essential guide and a great read for serious distance runners and coaches who desire to excel in future seasons and events.
|Publisher:||Human Kinetics Publishers|
|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
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
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 5,000-Meter Run
The l0,000-Meter Run
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
Summary: Extending a Running Career
What People are Saying About This
"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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.