Renowned running coach Budd Coates presents Runner's World Running on Air, a revolutionary yet simple training method based on rhythmic breathing to help runners at all experience levels improve their performance, prevent injury, and experience the joy of running. Validating his method through a mix of accessible science, Eastern philosophy, and the experiences of test subjects, Coates shows readers how focusing on their breathing brings their minds and bodies into harmony and helps them run stronger, faster, and more comfortably.
Rhythmic breathing increases lung volume; improves awareness and control; helps prevent injury and side stitches; improves running for those with asthma; allows runners to quickly set a pace for quality training and racing; and helps athletes manage muscle cramps. This book reviews the basics of rhythmic breathing, teaching readers how to perform it while walking and, eventually, while running. Weeklong sample schedules from different programs shows readers how to apply the rhythmic breathing scale to any workout. Coates also touches on the importance of stretching, cross-training, and core training and provides detailed training plans and schedules.
About the Author
Budd Coates has an MS in physical education/exercise physiology and is a Runner's World Coach, a 2:13 marathoner, and a four-time qualifier for the US Marathon Olympic Trials. He lives in Emmaus, PA.
Claire Kowalchik is the author of The Complete Book of Running for Women and a writer/editor with twenty-plus years of experience. She lives in Emmaus, PA.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Run Stronger, Longer, Faster 1
Chapter 2 The Sweet Spot 11
Chapter 3 The Science of Breathing 17
Chapter 4 Rhythmic Breathing 28
Chapter 5 Beginning Running 44
Chapter 6 Rhythmic Breathing in Training 69
Chapter 7 The 14-Day Training Plan 83
Chapter 8 The 5-K to the 10-K 95
Chapter 9 The 15-K to the Marathon 118
Chapter 10 Training on Hills 171
Chapter 11 Racing 182
Chapter 12 Cross-Training 195
Chapter 13 Trail Running 205
Chapter 14 Strength Training 213
Chapter 15 Stretching 247
Suggested Reading 268
About the Authors 276
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was having trouble with side stitches when running longer distances and knew that it was related to my breathing. I had tried on my own to regulate my breathing patterns, but this methods detailed in this book put me on the right path. The techniques were simple to learn and have helped me increase my distances from 3 miles to 10 miles without side stitches. About 1/3 of the book is dedicated to training plans for beginning runners (less useful to me, but possibly helpful for others). I bought the Nook version, but may buy the paperback to be able to fold down my favorite pages and write in the margins.
I didn't know what to expect with this book, but I found it an interesting approach to running. The technique the author discusses is not simple to pick up, but I am enjoying the process.