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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; 1 edition (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736095500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736095501
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Julian Goater is a former world class runner. He has competed in numerous championships, including the World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and World Cross Country Championships. His times for 5,000 and 10,000 meters remain among the fastest ever by a British athlete. Since retiring from competing, Julian has been coaching runners of all abilities. His athletes continue to achieve remarkable results by focusing on modifying their running techniques and training prescriptions. Julian has been active in road running, cross country running, duathlon and triathlon. He has won gold twice in his age group at the World Duathlon Championships, and has also won the British Triathlon in his age group. He currently lives in Surrey with his wife, Sue. Don Melvin is a published author, journalist and lifelong fun runner. His international assignments have included coverage of the Olympic Games in Atlanta and Athens. He has also reported on international political and social topics. Don is currently an editor and correspondent for the Associated Press and has published, under another name, numerous novels for children. A native Vermonter, he now lives in Brussels with his wife, Rodica.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine Pete on 3 May 2012
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I sat down at the computer this evening to write a review of this inspiring book and decided, first of all, to read the other reviews that have been posted. There were six in all and the trouble is I'm not sure how I can add to them! They all give unqualified praise to Julian Goater and his co-writer, Don Melvin. So my first remark would be - read all the other reviews! The book itself is divided into two Parts: Building the Base and Sharpening the Knife. What's interesting is that the first Part, in particular, makes use of Julian's experience as a coach as much as his career as an international runner. His advice is pitched at all ages and levels of runner in establishing a set of common principles to work to. The very production of the book - the size, the cover and the layout of the pages - makes you want to pick it up and read it. The chapters are logically organised and the writing is in a very accessible and conversational style with photos and highlighted points that altogether make it extremely readable. It is also not a book that you will look at once and then consign to the shelf. There are some absolute nuggets of thought-provoking ideas, information and advice that give it value as a reference that I know I shall keep returning to. As a former, very average club runner I had long since resigned myself to steady decline with the sole objective of keeping going as long as possible. However, I have already been inspired to try some of Julian's ideas, beginning with how to run a recovery session! It remains to be seen how much I can actually speed up but following some of the ideas in the book will certainly make the attempt a good deal more fun. I can't claim to have read every running book that's been published but this one is certainly different and it all seems to make perfect sense. At less than the price of a pair of socks, it is difficult to see how any runner or coach can possibly ignore it!
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This is the best book that I have read on running technique and training (and I have read quite a few).
The book is full of countless gems to help you to run faster, but is also full of wonderful stories of the authors own races and those of his fellow runners, including Steve Ovett, Dave Bedford and Brendan Foster to name but a few.

It is so nice to be able to have a chance, at last, to take advice from someone who has been there and worn the T-Shirt (anyone who can run 10K in 27:34 is worth listening to in my opinion).

I have even managed to get on top of recurrent calf strains from some simple advice in the book.

This is the 1st review that I have ever written but I felt that this book deserved all the praise that it could get.

I hope that this review has been helpful
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By stuart finnes on 25 Feb 2013
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I'd got stuck with my training running at a steady 7.5 mph / 8min mile type pace - race days 10k at around 48 mins, 13 miles at around 1.45. This book has helped me to rethink how I train to make sure I maximise my time. It' s not about running further, this is a definite "run smarter" book. I suspect that if you are well up on the technical aspects of running or very experienced, this may not be for you. But it is really well thought out, easy to read, follows a logical progression, advises you on your training and how to improve. I really recommend it to anyone looking to improve and wanting to get the most out of their training.

Finally, yes it does what it says - I have seen an improvement in my running speed!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Maitland on 1 July 2012
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Through Julian's own experiences this book links back to the golden age of British men's distance running. The anecdotes which populate the book not only illustrate points of relevance to current runners but also provide an insight into the training and attitudes behind his success and that of his contemporaries.

The book is written to be widely accessible and doesn't provide in-depth scientific explanations of physiology or biomechanics. A lot of the sections emphasise common-sense and keeping things simple - this is a large part of the strength of the book as it is well known that common sense is not so common and getting the simple things correct is not so simple!

I definitely recommend the book to coaches and athletes looking for guidance and inspiration.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By IanG on 14 April 2012
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In this very readable book the author provides some very practical advice for the simple act of running faster. The text reveals some simple but thought-provoking points on improving running speed (for example speed is driven by leg cadence and leg cadence is driven by the arms, how to get speed work into your schedule) as well as best preparation for improving race-day performance.

The author draws heavily on his personal experience as a top level runner in what many consider to be the golden age of British middle distance running regularly rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ovett, Coe, Bedford and Cram.

The book is certainly a comprehensive running guide but also part autobiography in which the author looks at several of the key races in his career and analyses what caused success and, in some cases, failure in those races. He then brings those factors back into the advice being given those who aspire to run faster and be more competitive in their own racing.

This book is a welcome break from the plethora of run coaching books which are focused on hours of obsessive slow base-level running and a deep emphasis on heart-rate analysis, VO2 max, lactate threshold etc. Whilst there is certainly huge merit in such an approach to athletic performance The Art of Running Faster takes a fascinating look at the basics of running and advises some simple, practical and functional approaches to getting those legs going faster and longer and watching those PB's fall!

An immensely enjoyable read that will get you thinking about your running from a whole new perspective.
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