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Running technique is often an afterthought for many runners, one that's not thought about until an injury or plateau stops them achieving their goals. Running Form highlights how important proper technique can be to elevating performance. Author Owen Anderson has coached several elite runners from around the world. In his new book, he identifies the components of good form, including foot strike, stance time and posture. These help runners understand where to make small changes that improve performance. Readers are then able to analyse their form and apply specific drills and exercises using a basic video equipment or a smartphone. The guide features numerous photographs that help readers clearly identify the correct angles and movements need for sound technique. Running Form gives readers all they need to perfect their running technique and train consistently.
In 490 BCE Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion. He was hailed as a hero and his run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in history. Dean Karnazes honours this achievement and his own Greek heritage by attempting this ancient journey in modern times. His account of running the gruelling Spartathlon, fuelled only by the figs, olives and meats available to Pheidippides, will captivate even the most sedentary readers.
The 30-Minute Runner takes a simplified approach to training, which is to break down everything into one thirty-minute session per day, a manageable segment for first-time runners and those who may be in decent shape but lead incredibly busy lives. Everything in the book, including training schedules, techniques, and tips, is put forth purely in terms of minutes spent running, without any goal paces to worry about, mileage to keep track of, or anything to measure other than time spent out on the roads and trails. The book focuses on how to maximize those thirty critical minutes in order to achieve two primary goals: shedding extra pounds and completing a 5K race. Author Duncan Larkin, a certified Army Master Fitness Trainer, also covers topics like running for new moms, single-parent training, how to prepare to run your first race, race-day tips, how to train while on business travel, and taking it to the next level, running forty-five and sixty minutes a day (10K and half-marathon schedules). In addition to the running-based guidelines, The 30-Minute Runner also offers nutritional advice and core exercises that complement the thirty-minute runs.
It's inevitable that all runners who have been pounding the pavement for a very long time will eventually slow down. Having run every day since November 30, 1978, Scott Ludwig certainly falls into this category. Considering that he can no longer run a single mile in the pace he ran 26 of them when he set his first marathon best many years ago, Ludwig finds he is ready to accept the reality of slowing down with age. Now that he has entered the ranks of the grizzled veterans, he seeks to offer runners all the wisdom and insight he gained from his many years-and miles-on the roads and trails. A do as I say, not as I do runner, Ludwig has compiled his advice for runners who find they may not run quite as fast as they used to in Running Out of Gas, a humorous take on aging gracefully. Relating his own personal running anecdotes, Ludwig prepares runners for what's to come, while sharing a few laughs along the way. Runners of all ages and mileage will enjoy Scott Ludwig's Running Out of Gas.
In Running Rewired, America's leading endurance sports physical therapist and coach shares a program for runners to become stronger, faster, and more durable. Jay Dicharry distills cutting-edge biomechanical research into 15 workouts any runner can slot into their training program to begin seeing real results in about 6 weeks. For better or worse, your body drives your running form.Running Rewired will show you how to shed old injuries, mobility problems, weaknesses and imbalances and rewire your body-brain movement patterns. You'll rebuild your movement and transform your running within one season. Through his work with athletes at REP Lab and top university sports performance clinics, Dicharry has found that strength training alone is inadequate for runners. To develop the four essential movement skills required for faster, safer running, runners must practice better movement as they build strength. In Running Rewired, you'll use * 11 self-tests for joint mobility, posture stability, rotation, and alignment * 83 exercises to fix blocks, move with precision, build strength, and improve power * 15 rewire workouts to amplify any training plan from 5K to ultramarathon Dicharry's Running Rewired combines the best of real-world coaching and a physical therapy approach to strength and mobility for better running. You'll find your personal best running form and become a faster, more durable runner.
Brings together scientific research, expert analysis and elite athlete contributions to reveal how relating to your mind, body and surroundgins in a new way can help you run longer and faster, as well as offer a boost to your overall mental, emotional and physical health.
In Run Strong, Stay Hungry, running journalist Jonathan Beverly reveals the secrets of veteran racers who are still racing fast and loving the sport decades after they got their start. Beverly collects the habits and mindsets of more than 50 runners including Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Deena Kastor, Benji Durden, Colleen De Reuck, Dave Dunham, Kathrine Switzer, and Roger Robinson. Run Strong, Stay Hungry shares 9 keys from these veteran racers that let them keep running strong and staying hungry for competition. Are they biomechanically gifted? Stubborn? Simply lucky to have avoided injury? Turns out, there's a lot more to it. In his comprehensive research, Beverly discovers that these runners all share specific perspectives and habits that allow them to adapt to changing life circumstances, accept declining abilities, and rebound from setbacks. These keys not only keep them on their feet, but also allow them to continue to draw the same enjoyment from the sport whether they are winning championships or finishing in the middle of the pack, cranking out 100-mile weeks and doing blazing speed work on the track, or squeezing in just enough miles into a busy schedule to simply feel fit and fast and occasionally test that fitness in a race. Beverly interviews over 50 runners including Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Deena Kastor, Benji Durden, Colleen De Reuck, Dave Dunham, Kathrine Switzer, and Roger Robinson. From training methods to mental attitudes to finding community among their fellow runners, there are specific keys that help these masters runners to adapt, accept, and rebound from the hurdles that life and aging put in their path. By adopting the practices of these lifetime competitors, you too can enjoy a lifelong, healthy running career as well as boost your enjoyment of running and your racing performance.
Sam Boatwright is an ordinary bloke. He does have limitations. The difference between him and everyone else? He doesn't seem to have found his limitations - yet. In 2012, Sam ran around the whole of the UK, battling through 50 miles each day for 50 days in a row. This was unbelievable, however, over this past summer Sam pushed his body even further by completing the seemingly impossible `Epic Adventure'. Sam cycled and ran from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States of America in 32 days. `Wrong Side of the Road' tells the heartfelt and gruelling tale of the fallout after the `Epic Run' and the subsequent awe-inspiring achievement of spanning the US completely self-propelled. If you are searching for the answer to the question - How? - this book is the answer.
70 routes for the off-road runner, these tried and tested paths and tracks cover the whole of Scotland, including the islands. The selected routes come highly recommended by local runners and include many of Scotland's most enjoyable and runnable paths. This guide takes runners on a journey of discovery that starts in suburbia and crosses every kind of runnable terrain to reach remote glens and far-flung islands. Short, simple circuits close to town will suit beginners while ultra marathons through Scotland's wildest mountains will test even the most experienced runner. The runs are graded to help progressive development of the skills and confidence needed to tackle more challenging routes. Growing numbers of runners are turning to trail running; getting away from the traffic and knee pounding tarmac and enjoying the variety of rich experiences that can be gained on paths and tracks. Moving fast and light through scenic countryside is what trail running is all about. Leafy woodland, lazily meandering riverbanks, dramatic sea-cliffs, remote mountain passes: these are all more enjoyable places to run than crowded city pavements or suburban street mazes.
Since the outstanding success of his New Zealand athletes Snell, Halberg, and Magee at the 1960 Rome Olympics, Arthur Lydiard's name has been synonymous with the best training methods used by the world's top middle- and long-distance runners. His training plans precipitated an athletic revolution, stressing physiological conditioning as a prerequisite to sporting effort and long-duration, even-pace running at a strong speed as the means of achieving success. Arthur Lydiard instructed runners and coaches in Finland, Mexico, Venezuela, Denmark, Japan, the United States, and New Zealand for more than 50 years and had continued to experiment and refine his methods.Running with Lydiard contains expanded information on exercise physiology, diet, injury prevention and cure, discussion of Lydiard's methods, and revised training schedules.
Two weeks after the United States officially entered World War I, Irish American Bricklayer Bill Kennedy won the Boston Marathon wearing his stars-and-stripes bandana, rallying the crowd of patriotic spectators. Kennedy became an American hero and, with outrageous stories of his riding the rails and sleeping on pool tables, a racing legend whose name has since appeared in almost every book written on the Boston Marathon. When journalist Patrick Kennedy and historian Lawrence Kennedy unearthed their uncle's unpublished memoir, they discovered a colorful character who lived a tumultuous life, beyond his multiple marathons. The bricklayer survived typhoid fever, a five-story fall, auto and train accidents, World War action, Depression-era bankruptcy, decades of back-breaking work, and his own tendency to tipple. In many ways, Bill typified the colorful, newly emerging culture and working-class ethic of competitive long-distance running before it became a professionalized sport. Bricklayer Bill takes us back to another time, when bricklayers, plumbers, and printers could take the stage as star athletes.
Millions of runners around the country want special experiences at their races, whether that means running a bucket-list event like the world's largest marathon, or in beautiful and challenging locales, like Rome and Death Valley. There is no one better to guide these runners than Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officerat Runner's World-he's run more than 7,000 races, over all seven continents, at every conceivable distance. He's done it all, and now he shares how he trained, the particularities of each course, and what specific lessons he learned and insights he gleaned about how to run one's best in each race. This book advises runners on how to train and what to do on race day to make the best use of their training. It gives readers everything they need to know to succeed at the most popular race distances, including general training principles, targeted training schedules for beginning, intermediate, and advanced runners, and insider tips based on Yasso's own experiences and his strong ties to top runners over the years. Each chapter also highlights Yasso's one-of-a-kind advice on his experiences at popular destination races, with the goal of inspiring and informing readers eagerto tackle the world's signature races. Readers will also learn Yasso's methods for winning the greatest race of all, longevity, so that they can remain healthy, fit, and able to race for decades to come.