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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738216453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738216454
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Library Journal, March 2013 "Extremely well done... A must for marathoners!" Portland Book Review, 4/21/13 "You will gain valuable information and insight about how to fuel your body from this book." San Francisco / Sacramento Book Review (website), 5/9/13 "Written in a friendly and approachable manner and colored with many anecdotal stories from elite running history, this book is an easy and informative read that can help propel your runs to the next level." WomanAroundTown.com, 9/7/13 "Fitzgerald gives sound advice to conquer the obstacle that blocks many runners from finishing their race...If you know a marathoner, you'll make a fast--very fast--friend by gifting this book." RunnersWorld.com, 12/17/2013 "[Fitzgerald's] perspective on hotly contested topics in sports science is always well-informed, practical, and leavened with enough skepticism to avoid jumping on and off every passing bandwagon...He's entirely reasonable in differentiating between proven 'you must do this' tactics, and more speculative 'experiment with this if you're interested' tactics...A nice intro to endurance nutrition."

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Matt Fitzgerald has authored or coauthored 17 books on topics related to running, triathlon, fitness, and nutrition, including The Runner's Body and Brain Training for Runners. He has written for Bicycling, Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Outside, Runner's World, Shape, and Women's Running, among other major national publications and his byline appears regularly in Competitor, Inside Triathlon, and Triathlete and on competitor.com, triathlete.com, and active.com (where he is a featured running and triathlon expert). A certified sports nutritionist, he has served as a consultant to a number of sports nutrition companies, including Energy First, Next Proteins, and PacificHealth Labs. As a coach, he designs running and triathlon training plans that are sold through trainingpeaks.com and consults for PEAR Sports--maker of a new training device for runners--as a training intelligence specialist. Fitzgerald continues to run competitively. mattfitzgerald.org

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By December Hare on 25 Nov. 2013
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O boy, where to begin.

I write as a big, big fan of matt's previous book Racing Weight which I have reviewed in very glowing terms in the past on Amazon and which I still highly rate.

Unfortunately this book did not cut the mustard for me which was bitterly disappointing. That's not to say that this book isn't helpful- if you are looking for a primer on endurance running nutrition and have read very little on the topic then this is a pretty good start. It's just that the book is sold as 'new rules' and I bought the book as I was intrigued as to what these so called New Rules were...

Most of it is however a re-hash of stuff you can find elsewhere including in his other books.

If you haven't encountered his DQ scoring system before [and this books version is a modified version of the one in Racing Weight if my memory serves me right] then this is a useful thing to become acquainted with. But it's not new.

Matt's approach to training...the Lydiard Method is so medieval it could have been dug up in a Leicestershire car park along with Richard the Third. That doesn't make it wrong, just old, and possibly superceded. What was wrong was the recommendation to try paracetamol to enhance performance. Can we stop recommending drugs/medication to enhance performance when there is nothing wrong medically with a person? It so gives the wrong signals and is a drug with a not insignificant side effect profile. Not something to be popped like smarties. If this is a new rule let's have more of the old.
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By Panos on 21 Feb. 2014
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This is a really well written book about pre and post half and full marathon race nutrition.
Having said that, I believe it has to offer more than to runners preparing for their next half and full marathon. whether you are a runner, a cyclist or any other endurance athlete this book will educate you on nutrition and also training.

Strongly recommend it for anyone doing endurance sports!
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By Christian Long on 3 April 2014
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This book is full of common sense practical advice to enable you to eat healthy and fuel your training. A must read if you want to improve your running. For the first time I am losing weight and feel full - excellent
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SideBurn on 13 July 2013
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I read this book because I am an experienced runner who wants to get better (don't we all?).
I feel I already know a lot about this subject but was interested in the 'new rules' and in particular how to work out my 'optimum weight'. The title and description certainly imply that I will learn these things.
The book was a wealth of knowledge but I did not feel it was 'new' knowledge. I also did not find any specific information about how to work out an optimum weight for height. The book contains a lot of tables (25% of the book)which are difficult to read and use on a Kindle.
Well worth a read. The fact the book is written for the US audience is not too much of a problem for people in the UK.
I have changed my eating habits as a result of reading the book, which is a compliment, obviously! Am I faster/better as a result? Who knows! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about race and training nutrition. Maybe not to anyone who wants to learn something new. But it is a good book.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RAS on 1 Nov. 2013
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Beside the fact that Fitzgerald promotes the stupid legend that Dr. Atkins died being obese, his book completely misrepresents low carb eating for sportspeople. What he completely ignores is that low carb does only work after your body had a time of several weeks where it gets used to it. Otherwise happens what we see every year in the Tour de France or other races, that cyclists are "bonking" because they forgot to eat, which means they forget to take their regular shoot of sugar. Their body is simply not used to switch to fat consumption, which is odd if you know that you have a reserve of 2000 calories of blood sugar but of 40000 calories of fat. When you are used to low carb and no sugar eating, the transition will go easily and there will be no "wall" and no bonking. See the book by Volek and Phinney ("The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance") for more details.
Matt Fitzgerald once wrote an intelligent book ("Run: The Mind-body Method of Running by Feel") where he nicely explains that everything he now tries to sell on his website is rubbish.
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