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  • 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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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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I already have a shelf full of books about running, but most of them simply say the same things in different ways. This one is different. Julian Goater is a hugely intelligent athlete and coach who has taken the time and effort to think about what makes for successful running - from the technical aspects of posture and cadence to the mental aspects of how to get the most out of training and racing. He's integrated concepts from other disciplines into his approach and is not afraid to present new thinking and challenge accepted wisdom. He explains how his approach has worked for him and other runners, who span a variety of ages, backgrounds and aspirations. One of his main challenges is to get away from the tendency for all training to morph into similar sessions - similar in length and similar in content, producing, not surprisingly, similar results, and he describes how to go about increasing the variety and impact of training. Unlike many other books on running, it is extremely readable, being illustrated with examples of the points being made from all areas of running with occasional references to swimming and cycling, and I found myself inspired to go out and try some of the new ideas for myself. I'd be surprised if anyone finished the book without finding that they have tried some of the sessions Julian describes, but should you get to the end and want a sample schedule as a starting point, these are presented in an appendix. To quote from the book, "In training, often the aim is to experiment, throw caution to the wind, and find out what you're capable of doing. What you discover might surprise you." That holds for the book too....
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As an experienced multi-sport coach, I read quite a lot of training articles and books, often with a critical eye, and often wonder why people make training so complicated. The Art of Running Faster does the opposite, keeping it straight forward, using language that the layman can understand, based on years of top level racing and coaching experience. For that reason this is a must have training guide for any runner who wishes to make improvements without having to decipher complex sports science references. The principles covered are transferable to other endurance sports, making this an invaluable tool to improve your performance in a number of sports.

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.
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This is the best book that I have read on running technique and training (and I have read quite a few).
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
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This book will transform you're running, if you take on board the salient points that Julian recommends. The hardest thing for me was to work on my cadence, which at times felt like my shoe laces had been tied together and my running shorts had fallen down, but I have persevered, and am now running at a constant turn over of 196-200 steps per minute which is a massive gain from my old heel striking style of around 150ish.

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.
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