The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance

The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance

by Steve Magness


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The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance by Steve Magness

Reviews of The Science of Running:

"The Science of Running sets the new standard for training theory and physiological data. Every veteran and beginner distance coach needs to have this on their book shelf."

-Alan Webb
American Record Holder-Mile 3:46.91

"For anyone serious about running, The Science of Running offers the latest information and research for optimizing not only your understanding of training but also your performance. If you want to delve deeper into the world of running and training, this book is for you. You will never look at running the same."

-Jackie Areson, 15th at the 2013 World Championships in the 5k. 15:12 5,000m best

If you are looking for how to finish your first 5k, this book isn't for you. The Science of Running is written for those of us looking to maximize our performance, get as close to our limits as possible, and more than anything find out how good we can be, or how good our athletes can be. In The Science of Running, elite coach and exercise physiologist Steve Magness integrates the latest research with the training processes of the world's best runners, to deliver an in depth look at how to maximize your performance.
It is a unique book that conquers both the scientific and practical points of running in two different sections. The first is aimed at identifying what limits running performance from a scientific standpoint. You will take a tour through the inside of the body, learning what causes fatigue, how we produce energy to run, and how the brain functions to hold you back from super-human performance. In section two, we turn to the practical application of this information and focus on the process of training to achieve your goals. You will learn how to develop training plans and to look at training in a completely different way. The Science of Running does not hold back information and is sure to challenge you to become a better athlete, coach, or exercise scientist in covering such topics as:

· What is fatigue? The latest research on looking at fatigue from a brain centered view.
· Why VO2max is the most overrated and misunderstood concept in both the lab and on the track
· Why "zone" training leads to suboptimal performance.
· How to properly individualize training for your own unique physiology.
· How to look at the training process in a unique way in terms of stimulus and adaptation.
· Full sample training programs from 800m to the marathon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615942940
Publisher: Origin Press CA
Publication date: 02/17/2014
Pages: 346
Sales rank: 215,971
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Steve Magness is a runner, coach, exercise physiologist, and a writer. He holds a M.S. from George Mason University in Exercise Science.

Magness is the current cross country coach at the University of Houston and coaches professional runners including Jackie Areson (15th at 2013 world championships in the 5k), and multiple time world indoor competitor Sara Hall. In addition, he has worked for Nike, and served as a consultant to numerous Olympic runners and triathletes.

He has been a serious runner since the age of 14 and has had numerous running accomplishments ranging from holding the Texas High School mile record (4:01.02), to qualifying for NCAA nationals.

His writing include work for Running Times, Competitor magazine, and Runner's World, IAAF's New Studies in Athletics, and numerous other publications.

Additionally, he maintains the popular running website

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The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is packed with information! It's the most in depth running and training book I've ever read and I'd highly recommend it to any coach or serious runner out there. I constantly found myself saying "why didn't I think of that" when the author introduced a variation on a traditional concept. If nothing else, this book will make you think in a different way about training.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago