- 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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The Art of Running Faster Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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).
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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Brilliant read and made me think about how to get a PB this year. Henry Ford was right: If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Mr. Ji Clyde
I enjoyed reading this book and tried to take on board as much of the advise as I could. It really makes you think about how you run and how you can improve with some small... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs L.
Unique in its focuses this was not just another 'how to' running book but had some really new concepts and ideas for me as an aspiring runner. Read morePublished 2 months ago by enduring86
Wish I had read this book when I first started running - now I need to undo all my bad habits. Helpful, practical advice in every paragraph. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Runnerwannabe
An enjoyable read. If the Jack Daniels books describe 'what' a runner needs to do to improve, this is much more on 'how' to do it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Down to earth and meaningful tips. Author has come off the fence on a number of key areas. You may not always agree but you can see the sense in it.Published 2 months ago by Andrew