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The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance [Paperback]

Steve Magness
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17 Feb 2014
Reviews of The Science of Running: "The Science of Running sets the new standard for training theory and physiological data. Every veteran and beginner distance coach needs to have this on their book shelf." -Alan Webb American Record Holder-Mile 3:46.91 "For anyone serious about running, The Science of Running offers the latest information and research for optimizing not only your understanding of training but also your performance. If you want to delve deeper into the world of running and training, this book is for you. You will never look at running the same." -Jackie Areson, 15th at the 2013 World Championships in the 5k. 15:12 5,000m best If you are looking for how to finish your first 5k, this book isn’t for you. The Science of Running is written for those of us looking to maximize our performance, get as close to our limits as possible, and more than anything find out how good we can be, or how good our athletes can be. In The Science of Running, elite coach and exercise physiologist Steve Magness integrates the latest research with the training processes of the world’s best runners, to deliver an in depth look at how to maximize your performance. It is a unique book that conquers both the scientific and practical points of running in two different sections. The first is aimed at identifying what limits running performance from a scientific standpoint. You will take a tour through the inside of the body, learning what causes fatigue, how we produce energy to run, and how the brain functions to hold you back from super-human performance. In section two, we turn to the practical application of this information and focus on the process of training to achieve your goals. You will learn how to develop training plans and to look at training in a completely different way. The Science of Running does not hold back information and is sure to challenge you to become a better athlete, coach, or exercise scientist in covering such topics as: · What is fatigue? The latest research on looking at fatigue from a brain centered view. · Why VO2max is the most overrated and misunderstood concept in both the lab and on the track · Why “zone” training leads to suboptimal performance. · How to properly individualize training for your own unique physiology. · How to look at the training process in a unique way in terms of stimulus and adaptation. · Full sample training programs from 800m to the marathon.

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Origin Press; 1 edition (17 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615942946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615942940
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Magness is a runner, coach, exercise physiologist, and a writer. He holds a M.S. from George Mason University in Exercise Science. Magness is the current cross country coach at the University of Houston and coaches professional runners including Jackie Areson (15th at 2013 world championships in the 5k), and multiple time world indoor competitor Sara Hall. In addition, he has worked for Nike, and served as a consultant to numerous Olympic runners and triathletes. He has been a serious runner since the age of 14 and has had numerous running accomplishments ranging from holding the Texas High School mile record (4:01.02), to qualifying for NCAA nationals. His writing include work for Running Times, Competitor magazine, and Runner’s World, IAAF’s New Studies in Athletics, and numerous other publications. Additionally, he maintains the popular running website

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 24 Feb 2014
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At last, a book that gives you the theory and means to make serious gains in your running. A refreshing and thorough insight, that leaves Pose, Chi and other guru style running theory on the starting line.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 28 Feb 2014
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Every running coach should read this book, it has became my new training bible.
As good or even better as "The science of winning" or "Swimming fastest".
Proper bridge between science and practise. A must!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in parts, average in others 20 April 2014
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Steve has an excellent background in endurance running. This is reflected in the parts of this book which are different from others: a review of the research and his individual take on preparing plans for runners. These chapters are really thorough and very useful.
Less good is his take on resistance training for runners which is too vague, and also the biomechanics of running. Frans Bosch is far better on this.
As other reviewers have noted, the typos are too frequent and distract from the flow of the book: where was the editor?
I found the research chapters adding to my confirmation bias that little good comes out of the "science in labs": how does treadmill running economy of university student average runners help transfer to the real world of fast runners on the track and road? Steve covers this really well.
A book for middle distance coaches as much as runners, go elsewhere for the correct supplementary training advice though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is a first class book - some reviewers have criticised it for not providing pracrtical advice - anyone considering buying this book must realise that it does eaxactly what it says on the cover - it explains the science and as such it is very good indeed. However it is not difficult to glean many important practical principles from it if you simply read it carefully and think about it. All-inall a very good buy indeed for any serious runner and very up-to-date - infinatelt bettyer than the hyped up but simply often incorrcet articles found in many runners mags - this book is the real dael.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 23 April 2014
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Reviewing the print version. Excellent book, applicable to all endurance athletes, not just runners. For advanced athletes looking for cutting edge training techniques. Highly recommended.
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