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Julian Goater , Don Melvin
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1 Mar 2012
Any runner can tell you that the sport isn't just about churning out miles day in and day out. Runners have a passion, dedication, and desire to go faster, longer and farther. Now, The Art of Running Faster provides you with a new approach to running, achieving your goals and setting your personal best. Whether you're old or young, new to the sport or an experienced marathoner, this guide will change how you run and the results you achieve. The Art of Running Faster challenges the stereotypes, removes the doubts and erases the self imposed limitations by prescribing not only what to do but also how to do it. Inside, you will learn how to Overcome the obstacles that prevent you from running faster, more comfortably, and with greater focus Customize your training program to emphasize the development of speed, strength, and stamina Shift gears, reach that next level of performance, and blow past the competition. In this one of a kind guide, former world class runner Julian Goater shares his experiences, insights and advice for better, more efficient and faster running. Much more than training tips and motivational stories, The Art of Running Faster is your guide to improved technique and optimal performance. Let Julian Goater show you a new way to run faster, farther and longer.

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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: 25.1 x 17.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,381 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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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different running book you can't ignore 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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Luke
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps It Simple and Sensible 1 July 2012
Format:Paperback
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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin..... 14 April 2012
By IanG
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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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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to get out and run ....faster. 9 April 2012
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I already have a shelf full of books about running, but most of them simply say the same things in different ways. This one is different. Julian Goater is a hugely intelligent athlete and coach who has taken the time and effort to think about what makes for successful running - from the technical aspects of posture and cadence to the mental aspects of how to get the most out of training and racing. He's integrated concepts from other disciplines into his approach and is not afraid to present new thinking and challenge accepted wisdom. He explains how his approach has worked for him and other runners, who span a variety of ages, backgrounds and aspirations. One of his main challenges is to get away from the tendency for all training to morph into similar sessions - similar in length and similar in content, producing, not surprisingly, similar results, and he describes how to go about increasing the variety and impact of training. Unlike many other books on running, it is extremely readable, being illustrated with examples of the points being made from all areas of running with occasional references to swimming and cycling, and I found myself inspired to go out and try some of the new ideas for myself. I'd be surprised if anyone finished the book without finding that they have tried some of the sessions Julian describes, but should you get to the end and want a sample schedule as a starting point, these are presented in an appendix. To quote from the book, "In training, often the aim is to experiment, throw caution to the wind, and find out what you're capable of doing. What you discover might surprise you." That holds for the book too....
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Great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art of running faster
This book arrived quickly. This was a gift so can not give feed back of content but the receiver was very pleased with it.
Published 27 days ago by Mrs Gillian Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Runner
Good insight into Julian`s experiences and how has implemented what he has learn`t into coaching others. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Ian Rawlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
The best running book I've read so far - and I've read quite a few! Recommended for novices and more serious runners alike.
Published 28 days ago by Gerry Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Really well written and gives you all you need to get the best out of your running. I found it very motivational and there are many tips to improve performance straight away, and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Chambers
4.0 out of 5 stars Motivational
Great advice and Fab stories of his own running exploits and experiences. Real easy read. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Great price on kindle too
Published 1 month ago by v phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, and useful too
Found the advice in this book has made a significant difference to how I run. Enjoyable to read too, with interesting anecdotes. Good for all levels of runner
Published 1 month ago by Stan
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing about plantar fascilitis
this guy knows his stuff, ill give him that but for a starter like me, it just didn't grab me and pull me in, theres no mention of the common foot injury plantar facilitis that I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by denis
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