- 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 (226 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,467 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
Add to that the excellent anecdotes from the glory days of British male endurance running, with some of the great names of the time, it gives a flavour that you will not get in most other training books. The insight provided adds to the credibility of the author and takes me back to being a boy watching athletics on the television, with some of my first sporting heroes.
A great book that will improve your running if you follow the logical steps provided, with some good stories from the past, a really good read.
The book is full of countless gems to help you to run faster, but is also full of wonderful stories of the authors own races and those of his fellow runners, including Steve Ovett, Dave Bedford and Brendan Foster to name but a few.
It is so nice to be able to have a chance, at last, to take advice from someone who has been there and worn the T-Shirt (anyone who can run 10K in 27:34 is worth listening to in my opinion).
I have even managed to get on top of recurrent calf strains from some simple advice in the book.
This is the 1st review that I have ever written but I felt that this book deserved all the praise that it could get.
I hope that this review has been helpful
To get the results you need patience, and have to accept that you will not be as fast as you previously where, but the time and effort will pay dividends.
I am turning 50 in a few months, and for the first time in my uneventful running career, I am injury free, stronger, FASTER, than I ever have been. I was even asked at a recent duathlon I entered who my running coach was, as I had such a fast lovely running style. It is definitely not easy if you have had bad habits like I had, heel strike, head down, hips back, low arms, heavy shoes etc, but if you take everything on board, running fast not only becomes easy, it actually feels right, and you will never bumble along again.
I went from around 100km per week to about 45km whilst re-adjusting so if you are a mileage junky, then you will have trouble adapting, especially if you are still racing etc. I took 6 months away from all distractions and started from scratch. One thing I did do which helped me was run in lighter shoes, and I also used a running metronome which although drove me mad, did help with muscle memory for cadence.
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 22 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 months ago by Steve Morgan
I should write this after finishing the book. Nicely presented and not too waffley. I wouldn't say I'm any faster yet, but I am more knowledgeable which is an important first... Read morePublished 3 months ago by DG