Lore of Running Paperback – 1 Dec 2002
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About the Author
Dr. Timothy Noakes is Discovery health professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town and director of the medical research council/UCT research unit for exercise science and sports medicine at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands. Noakes received his MD from the University of Cape Town. He is a veteran of more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons. He is an editorial board member for many international sport science journals and a former president of the South African Sports Medicine Association. In 1999, he was elected as one of 22 founding members of the International Olympic Committee s Olympic Science Academy. Noakes is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
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Now, if you love running AND reading, this is the book for you! If you spend a lot of your time reading about running in magazines and over the internet, you are in the right place. The book is well written, informative, somber and scientific. It is a reference textbook for runners. The best of its kind!
The book is aimed at the serious runner. It offers a very scientific view to running which is no surprise seeing that the author is a trained physician, a professor of exercise science, and a highly published researcher in the field of exercise physiology he is also an an accomplished runner.
This is a book that you will find yourself dipping into again and again. Along with Daniel's Running Formula this is a must on the bookshelf of any serious runner.
Is altitude training really as beneficial as is so widely believed?
The current 'news' in the press of the dangers of over-drinking in endurance races is, in fact, old news if you've read this book.
Did you know that a 45kg distance runner will have a huge advantage over a 65kg distance runner of similar ability when race conditions are hot and humid? Bad news for a 75kg runner like me.
This book took me some effort to read and understand (and not just because my hardback edition weighs so much), but I found it absolutely fascinating.
Lore of Running is a different story. Tim Noakes is a leading light on the subject of athletic performance and an undisputed expert in his field. What immediately strikes you about Lore is the sheer depth of research - quite literally a life's work - that has gone into this book. Admittedly, being the best part of 1000 pages, it is a daunting prospect to read. But the weight of the text serves to support the feeling of trust in what you are reading. Noakes manages to turn fairly dry physiological and biochemical theory into a compellingly readable study of how exactly the human body works. Part 1 provides the best descriptions of muscle function, oxygen transport, running economy, energy systems and running performance I've found. This sets the scene for subsequent analyses in Part 2 on training basics, overtraining, mental training and a fascinating section on insights into elite athletes' methods. Part 3 takes you from training to racing, covering distances from 10K to ultra distance events; Part 4 looks at running health and staying injury free.
Since reading it I've implemented many of his ideas into my own programs and I would recommend this for anyone who shares an interest in the science of training. As the Runner's World cover quote suggests, it is geared towards those who take training seriously; but that doesn't mean you have to be an elite athlete to find this book fascinating and an invaluable training aid. To borrow a few lines from George Sheehan - writer of the foreword in the fourth edition - this book "puts into words our own thoughts as yet unexpressed and leads us to insights not yet discovered. We all have within us the drive toward excellence. ...Noakes...blazes a path for us all."
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