- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Human Kinetics(ADVANTAGE) (Consignment); 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 (230 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Running Faster Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
This book turns this Long, Slow, Distance approach on it's head. This book is all about running faster. I have owned this for a few months, but only recently took the time to sit down and actually look at the contents.
It would be unfair of me to go through the pointers in the book that have changed my form, but as Julian says, swimming for example is a highly technique driven sport, but it's incorrectly assumed that people should other hand "just run". Once you break the composite parts of how we run into small parts, and make small changes - my approach to the whole thing has been turned upside down.
Basically, I've moved from a highly leg driven style, to making running a full body exercise. I already feel more relaxed and my natural running pace has dropped by 40 seconds per mile in just a few runs. I won't be worrying Mo Farah or Usain Bolt anytime soon, but I've caught the running bug now that I am much more interested in form as opposed to plod-plod-plod.
It is a useful reminder that running is as much about variety and developing a racing instinct as it is about hitting specific targets.
Yes the book is about running faster; but it is also about running with sense and purpose and it focusses on what the author defines as key areas to improve your running. These are speed, strength, suppleness, (p)sychology, stamina, skill and the book looks at how you can improve all of these areas.
Obviously I am no longer 19, and so with a shelfload of running books and plenty of running experience I didn't find lots of stuff which was new- but I was still pleasantly surprised that there was still plenty of food for thought. The section on gearing- something which has taken me far too long to figure out for myself- was a brilliant section- but then so were many others.
The book is not too long, is easily arranged to enable you to dip in and out of; and having finished it once I have gone back a few times to re-read some of the sections I thought were key.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Makes for a good read, with interesting style advice from a very talented athlete. Also fascinating anecdotes regarding outstanding runners of his time such as Ovett, Coe and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by oldrunner
The Art of Running Faster is an interesting book that goes against conventional wisdom in advising speedwork, recovery session, short session, intensive stretching, double daily... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andréas Dieryck
I bought this book a couple of years ago and am now re-reading as part of my latest attempts to get my running going again. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tim Mortimer
This is a great book and I have read it a couple of times and use it as a reference. It is written well and it is technical enough without it being excessive. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alexis
I'm slightly amazed by the critical reviews by Sunday runners who don't want to run faster. Why read this book? The clue is in the title!!!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve Morgan