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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 (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,957 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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I am very glad I got this book. I find "The Art of Running Faster" is very useful, and not just for those who want to run faster. Yes! It shows you how to make your body work for a better performance, if you are determined to achieve a record.

But also it coaches you step by step on how to develop wise and important habits that can help you accumulate strength from unused internal recourses. It shows how to free your mind from the stress of being injured and how to free your body for genuine well-being.

The book is the personal coach anybody would like to have. It talks to you about even little things, which are essential, whenever you need to know about them. Just open the right page!

It is probably the record book on stretching: 15 pages! But it does not advocate becoming a stretching maniac, but instead teaches you to relax your mussels so that you burn less energy while you run. It also shows you how to fool your body through PNF stretching, which involves pushing gently against the stretch and is more effective than ordinary stretching.

I find the book written in a very well-balanced and engaging way. It is enjoyable and inspiring to learn about the good and bad, funny and bitter experiences of well-known and less-known runners, as well.

What really makes this book different from other running books it is the running technique developed by Julian Goater. Using proper technique helps you make the best use of the fitness you've developed by running in the most efficient way possible. The best examples are illustrated. The best way of doing them is pointed out.

It is worth giving him a credit after 12-year international career in running and much longer career in personal coaching.
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As an experienced multi-sport coach, I read quite a lot of training articles and books, often with a critical eye, and often wonder why people make training so complicated. The Art of Running Faster does the opposite, keeping it straight forward, using language that the layman can understand, based on years of top level racing and coaching experience. For that reason this is a must have training guide for any runner who wishes to make improvements without having to decipher complex sports science references. The principles covered are transferable to other endurance sports, making this an invaluable tool to improve your performance in a number of sports.

Add to that the excellent anecdotes from the glory days of British male endurance running, with some of the great names of the time, it gives a flavour that you will not get in most other training books. The insight provided adds to the credibility of the author and takes me back to being a boy watching athletics on the television, with some of my first sporting heroes.

A great book that will improve your running if you follow the logical steps provided, with some good stories from the past, a really good read.
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This book will transform you're running, if you take on board the salient points that Julian recommends. The hardest thing for me was to work on my cadence, which at times felt like my shoe laces had been tied together and my running shorts had fallen down, but I have persevered, and am now running at a constant turn over of 196-200 steps per minute which is a massive gain from my old heel striking style of around 150ish.

To get the results you need patience, and have to accept that you will not be as fast as you previously where, but the time and effort will pay dividends.

I am turning 50 in a few months, and for the first time in my uneventful running career, I am injury free, stronger, FASTER, than I ever have been. I was even asked at a recent duathlon I entered who my running coach was, as I had such a fast lovely running style. It is definitely not easy if you have had bad habits like I had, heel strike, head down, hips back, low arms, heavy shoes etc, but if you take everything on board, running fast not only becomes easy, it actually feels right, and you will never bumble along again.

I went from around 100km per week to about 45km whilst re-adjusting so if you are a mileage junky, then you will have trouble adapting, especially if you are still racing etc. I took 6 months away from all distractions and started from scratch. One thing I did do which helped me was run in lighter shoes, and I also used a running metronome which although drove me mad, did help with muscle memory for cadence.
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This is the first book on running that I've read and it's not only very informative it's also an enjoyable book to read.

There is lots of good information about planning your running and how to improve your form while running. Another reviewer commented on the old photos but everything in this book applies to the modern day runner (beginners included).
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I bought this book for my husband and one Sunday sat reading it myself! I was very impressed. The layout and structure are easy to follow,there are eye catching chapter headings and key points to remember. Julian's writing is straightforward and easy to read. There's a fantastic amount of infomation provided, but it's not heavy. You feel safe in the knowledege that he knows what he's talking about and that what he suggests works.
His powerful statement:"I want to help you reach that state of grace where every component of fitness, physical, mental and emotion - comes togther to produce a magical performance of which you never would have thought yourself capable." certainly feels obtainable after you've read and tried his suggestions.
It would be good to have a little prompt card of all his key points to remember - Just big enough to fit into the running shorts!!
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