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  • Paperback: 952 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Europe Ltd; New Ed edition (1 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873229592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873229593
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dr. Timothy Noakes is Discovery health professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town and director of the medical research council/UCT research unit for exercise science and sports medicine at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands. Noakes received his MD from the University of Cape Town. He is a veteran of more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons. He is an editorial board member for many international sport science journals and a former president of the South African Sports Medicine Association. In 1999, he was elected as one of 22 founding members of the International Olympic Committee s Olympic Science Academy. Noakes is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ironman365 on 20 April 2009
Format: Paperback
All too frequently a new sports book starts with the great hope of newfound training enlightenment, of finding hitherto undiscovered secrets that will revolutionise how to train and how to slice seconds or - dare you think it! - minutes from PBs. And all too frequently the promise gradually dissolves, as most writers struggle with presenting ideas originally and their books end up reading like most others on the market.

Lore of Running is a different story. Tim Noakes is a leading light on the subject of athletic performance and an undisputed expert in his field. What immediately strikes you about Lore is the sheer depth of research - quite literally a life's work - that has gone into this book. Admittedly, being the best part of 1000 pages, it is a daunting prospect to read. But the weight of the text serves to support the feeling of trust in what you are reading. Noakes manages to turn fairly dry physiological and biochemical theory into a compellingly readable study of how exactly the human body works. Part 1 provides the best descriptions of muscle function, oxygen transport, running economy, energy systems and running performance I've found. This sets the scene for subsequent analyses in Part 2 on training basics, overtraining, mental training and a fascinating section on insights into elite athletes' methods. Part 3 takes you from training to racing, covering distances from 10K to ultra distance events; Part 4 looks at running health and staying injury free.

Since reading it I've implemented many of his ideas into my own programs and I would recommend this for anyone who shares an interest in the science of training.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "johnherries" on 24 July 2003
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For over 25 years as a runner my training has been based on 'aerobic' and 'anaerobic' principles. I believed that my speed was limited by the amount of oxygen I could deliver to my running muscles, and when I ran too fast, or 'anaerobically', the build-up of lactic acid in these muscles slowed me. I also believed that the depletion of muscle glycogen caused me to 'hit the wall' when I ran too far. With the 4th Edition of this classic book, Tim Noakes has convinced me that these beliefs were all obsolete, and were similar to believing that the earth is flat. The book is full of similar gems, for example:
Is altitude training really as beneficial as is so widely believed?
The current 'news' in the press of the dangers of over-drinking in endurance races is, in fact, old news if you've read this book.
Did you know that a 45kg distance runner will have a huge advantage over a 65kg distance runner of similar ability when race conditions are hot and humid? Bad news for a 75kg runner like me.
This book took me some effort to read and understand (and not just because my hardback edition weighs so much), but I found it absolutely fascinating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gareth mcintyre on 3 Mar. 2009
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a comprehensive guide to running with proper scientific data to back up all his ideas, tim noakes' book is a runners' bible. you can refer to it on a dailly basis continually tweaking and improving your running or read it cover to cover taking notes on the way - like you're studying a course or something. each chapter will give you a new perspective with which to view the sport, keeping you interested and engaged in your running schedule. highly recommended for amateurs and professionals alike, whether its a first 10k or a 100 mile ultra there will always be something you can learn from "lore of running".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Billy on 19 July 2010
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A fantastic book that deals with facts pertinent to running, or any exercise. Particularly useful for anyone starting out, who wants to cut through the balderdash and fractured information in magazines and the pub. Several nutrution myths debunked that will save the cost of the book on your first 10Km, good advice on shoe choice that will save another fortune, and training plans leading up to ultra marathon achievement for runners of any ability. The fact that Tim Noakes has run several marathons, and competed in several Iron Man triathlons himself,gives credability to the normally ignorant views of academics who pontificate from their armchairs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Allison on 11 Mar. 2013
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An incredibly detailed review of almost every aspect of running, aimed at pretty serious runners. There's no quick fix, one plan for everyone included: instead, you're presented with the evidence, backed by peer reviewed publication, and encouraged to tailor a plan of training, nutrition, and racing to suit your own particular requirements. It's incredibly in depth, and impossible to read from cover-to-cover: instead it should be seen as a reference book.

If you're not already a serious runner, this isn't a good introduction to the sport. If, however, you're fairly keen and looking for the information and guidance to take your running to the next level, this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Brear on 21 April 2010
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As a running coach this book has invaluable information on the priniciples of running which are described in the book as Lores. I have already used some of this information in my coaching. It is very thorough covering energy systems, hydration, training plans and experiences from elite runners. It might prove too much information for the beginner or someone with just a casual interest in running. But for the cost I think this is an excellent resource and one that you can dip into anytime and turn up valuable, interesting information.
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