Alberto Salazar's Guide to Road Racing: Championship Advice for Faster Times from 5K to Marathons Paperback – 1 Sep 2002
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From the Back Cover
"A key resource I heartily recommend."--Bill Rodgers, four-time Boston Marathon Winner, four-time New York City Marathon Winner
"Runners have much to gain from Alberto Salazar's world-class knowledge."--Mary Decker Slaney, World-Record Holder, Olympian
Road racing has become one of North America's most popular competitive sports. Thousands of people participate in road races every year, from 5K, 8K, and 10K fun-runs to half-marathons, marathons, and beyond. And with every race, more people are discovering the joys and benefits of running. Alberto Salazar, one of America's greatest distance runners, is currently coach of the Oregon Project, a Nike-sponsored endeavor that uses an array of high-tech training methods to build world-class distance runners. In Alberto Salazar's Guide to Road Racing, he shows readers how to run farther and faster without the injuries or burnout that accompany overtraining, and offers both first-time runners and dedicated marathoners the training methods he's developed and refined in his many years of racing and coaching.
Alberto Salazar's Guide to Road Racing covers a wide array of needs, including:
- Base training
- Speed training
- Avoiding and dealing with injuries
- Mental conditioning
- Race preparation
- Goal advancement
- Weight training
- and much more!
Whether the goal is to increase distances, reduce times, or win medals, Salazar has the training method to suit every road racer at every level of the sport.
About the Author
Alberto Salazar is coach of Nike's Oregon Project, which combines his expert knowledge of running and training methods and cutting-edge technology to create radically better marathoners. He burst onto the American and world marathon scene with a victory in the 1980 New York City Marathon. During his running career, he set one world and six U.S. records in various distances. After a hiatus lasting more than a decade, he made a comeback in 1995, when he won the Comrades Ultramarathon in South Africa. Richard A. Lovett, Ph.D., is an avid runner and veteran of numerous marathons. A former law professor, he is now a full-time writer.
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It tackles the whole range of race distances, training, nutrition, exercises, stretching and in the all important way of integrating running into your life.
Alberto Salazar is no stranger to the running world as a NYC marathon winner, US track record holder and olympic marathon runner and currently a trainer in Oregon, preparing and training the next generation of olympic track and marathon runners.
His approach is the 'train smart' as himself from experience can attest what overtraining and pushing boundaries way too much can have bad effects on athletic performance.
Please read these books:
Road Racing for Serious Runners, Nutrition for Marathon Running, Advanced Marathoning and Alberto Salazar's Book.
Salazar's has a great section on speed training among other sections.
If you haven't read any of the above I would recommend reading Road Racing for Serious Runners first and then train for one race using its methods and the read the others. Remember, training intelligently will get you far!
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I particularly like the explanation of the four types of training (base, VO2max, running efficiency, and tempo) and the four types of speed work (long intervals, medium intervals, short intervals, and tempo runs). Salazar and Lovett clearly explain the purpose and methods for these runs, and how to incorporate them into an overall training program.
The material is, for the most part, scientifically correct and thorough. The book is authoritative, due Salazar's experience as a competitive runner and coach, and well written, due to Lovett's experience as a recreational runner and freelance writer. In fact, the book approaches training from two points of view: the elite competitive runner's (Salazar's) and the serious competitive recreational runner (Lovett's).
I especially like Salazar and Lovett's coverage of stretching, strength training, and injury prevention. As a marathoner, I would have like a stronger emphasis on that racing distance. If your focus is marathoning, I recommend "Advanced Marathoning" by Pfitzinger and Douglas.
The weaknesses of the book are few and minor. Some readers might want more example training charts. Some scientifically minded readers might want more cited research. In one case, the authors err in suggesting the method of glycogen depletion to proceed carbohydrate loading (the depletion phase is dangerous and ineffective), but that's about the only serious mistake I found in the book.
How does Salazar's book compare to others? Salazar's book has the same audience and purpose as Pfitzinger and Douglas's "Road Racing for Serious Runners," and Glover's "The Competitive Runner's Handbook." My favorite of the three is Glover's book, because of its complete and authoritative information, numerous helpful tables, predesigned and customizable training charts, and coverage of heart-rate monitors, injuries, cross training, and many other specialized topics. I would rank Salazar's book at the same level of quality and coverage as Pfitzinger and Douglas's book; both are excellent.
In summery, Albert Salazar's Guide to Road Racing is an excellent training guide for serious runners. If you want to improve your racing time, you'll love this book.
himself, before retiring from competitive running, this
book is definitely worth checking out. It also helped that
elite runners like Bill Rodgers and Mary Decker Slaney also
had positive comments regarding this book.
This book is useful because it takes you from preparing
race, the race itself, and the post-race routines. It also
discusses injuries, and how to deal with them, and other
associated topics, like the psychological aspect of running,
and basics like weight training, crosstraining and nutrition.
If you're a beginner or even a veteran runner, you will
find useful advice, because there was a few things I picked
up in this book that I don't recall seeing in other running
books, and viceversa. If I had a complaint, is that it only
had a sample training schedule for someone training for their
first marathon, not including his own elite schedule when he
was running 120 miles or more weekly. This schedule was not
of any use to me, because my weekly training mileage already
exceeds the highest weekly mileage suggested in the book.
However, despite this, it is well worth the investment,
if you plan to enter a road race at some point in the future.
The topics are logically organized in a chronological fashion
that makes the book easy and simple to read. FYI, if you want
a sneak peek, here's a look at the Table of Contents, and you
can decide if this book is for you or you can take a pass and
look for another book that will fit your goals more suitably.
Introduction From the 100 Yard Dash to 1
Part 1. Preparing To Race
1. On The Road To Racing 9
Why Race*Coaching What Nature Gave You*
Before You Start*Stages of Life*Medical Issues
2. Basic Principles of Running Faster 23
Muscle, Power, Fuel and Oxygen*Base Training*Speed
Training*Lab Tests and Training Theory*Callusing
The Mind*Rest*Building a Workout Schedule
3. Base Training
Hard-Easy Pattern*LSD Pacing*Warm-Up and Cooldown* 38
4. Running Form
Upper-Body Form*Leg Motion*One Ideal Form 50
5. Speed Training 61
Eyeing The Prize*The Variety of Speed Workouts*
Picking Your Benchmark Pace*How To Run A Speed
Workout*Customizing Your Speed Workout*Training for
the Distances*Other Workouts*Putting It All Together
Part 2. Oiling The Machine
6. Stretching 85
Stretching Basics*Ten-Minute Stretching
7. Weight Training and Cross-Training 95
Lower-Body Exercises (Core Program)*Upper-Body
8. Nutrition and Weight Control 112
Nutrition Basics*Fueling The Serious Athlete*
The Right Weight For You*Body Composition:
Measuring The Fat
9. Aches and Pains 126
Basics of Field Repairs*Common Hurts*Excess
Pronation and its Control*Coming Back After an
Injury Layoff*DMSO*Lesser Ailments*Other Maladies
10. The Runner's Mind 157
Paying The Price*Building The Confidence*Letting Go*
Relaxation*The Mental Race: Fighting Fatigue*Long-
Part 3. The Race
11. Getting Ready 171
Choosing Your Race*Planning Your Race*Tapering*
Registration and Packet Pickup*The Night Before The
12. Race Day 179
Rise and Shine*Warming Up*The Start
13. After The Gun 190
Split Times*Race Strategy 101*The Dictates of Nature*
Fine-Tuning Your Pace*Hydration*Gels
14. The Finish and Beyond 207
The Final Mile*At The Finish Line*Recovery*Setting
Your Next Goal
Part 4. The Marathon--And More
15. The Marathon 219
Marathon Training*The Big Day*The Recovery
16. Masters Running 240
Masters Physiology: Bad News/Good News*Masters
Training*Age-Graded Performance Standards
17. Advanced Challenges 255
Race Strategy 102: Racing People Rather Than The
Clock*Cross-Country and Trail Running*Relay Races*
Appendix: Pace Chart of Common 273
Workout and Racing Distances
All in all, this book is fairly easy and fast to read. You
could probably finish the book in 4-5 hours, since there
are diagrams, charts, and other detailed information. It's
nearly 300 pages, but a person could probably polish it
off in a weekend or less if they devote a couple of hours
or so each day.
This book is quick and simple to read and covers all the basics, plus more. It's been extremely helpful.