3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Solid and Concise, Focused on Racing 5K-Marathon,
This review is from: Road Racing for Serious Runners (Paperback)It is well-named, addressing the needs of the runner desiring to racing faster -the runner who will commit to the proper training and preparation. It gives training plans and points for all distance levels, including cross-country, which is not seen in most other books.
Pfitzinger helps separate the various speeds. He understands that there are several levels of runners, even as all are serious about going faster. Occasionally delving into more science than many readers will be able to consume, he does try to break it down into layman terms. More than the guy who outkicked Alberto Salazar in the 1984 Olympic Trials for the marathon, but trained exercise physiologist and distance coach.
I did not feel, however, that I learned much new information. Glover's book handle similar material, and I gave it five stars. To the credit of "Road Racing" is that you do not need to hunt for what you want to know, and you know you can count on these authors' authority. Not only have they excelled as athletes, but they are respected by their peers and the various running periodicals.
This book is well written and well organized, succinctly getting its points across. Its strongest aspect is that it explains in readable language what needs to be done in a limited number of pages (189 pp).
Now go run.