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Daniel's Running Formula-3rd Edition by Jack Daniels
This third edition of Daniels’ book comprises 15 chapters. In my opinion, the fourth and fifth chapters are the most useful feature of the book. They are entitled ‘training runs and intensities’ and ‘VDOT values’. (Somewhat unconventionally, Daniels uses the term ‘VDOT’ where most coaches and physiologists use the term ‘VO2 max’.) Daniels advises that the ideal duration of each individual effort in an interval session is between three and five minutes. He therefore recommends that only elite-level athletes should do mile repetitions, and that most athletes should not do repetitions exceeding 1200 metres.
The fifth chapter includes a very useful chart enabling a runner to assess his or… Read more
Conditioning for Marathon Runners and Endurance At&hellip by Mike Winch
Mike Winch was an international shot putter who won silver medals in the Commonwealth Games in both 1974 and 1982, and is still placed sixth in the UK all-time rankings. He subsequently became a successful coach (the athletes whom he coached included our best ever female shot putter, Judy Oakes). Some runners may be forgiven for wondering whether a shot putter is the best person to advise distance runners about conditioning. But this is a very useful and readable book, with a great deal of valuable advice on how to minimise the injuries which plague so many distance runners.
In his introduction, Mike comments that “Paula Radcliffe has not achieved such magnificent success merely by… Read more
The Life and Times of Herbert Chapman: The Story o&hellip by Patrick Barclay
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about Herbert Chapman, who was Britain’s most successful football manager of the first half of the 20th century. At Huddersfield Town, which was one of England’s smallest First Division clubs with low attendances in a rugby league stronghold, he built a team that won Division One three times in succession – although he left in 1925, before the third title had been won, attracted by the greater rewards available at Arsenal. He was not an overnight success at Arsenal, who stayed in mid-table for several years while he rebuilt the team, but in 1931 he led them to be the first Southern club to win Division One, and they went on to be champions… Read more