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Marty Liquori's Guide for the Elite Runner Hardcover – 1980

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Jun. 2016
By david b. sandridge - Published on
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Good book from a great runner!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Feb. 2015
By Tim - Published on
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really good
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 27 Jan. 2013
By Mark Eichenlaub - Published on
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Loads of great advice and specific workouts. Probably not for the beginner but definitely for those looking to be competitive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Motivational Tool 6 Nov. 2003
By Derrick Peterman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Marty Liquori was one of the best American runners of the 70's, perhaps the golden age of distance running in the United States. This book represents an attitude from that time, which was less focused on "rest days" and biochemical mumbo jumbo, and more on hard training and leaving it all on the track.
Thus, as a training guide, it certainly comes across as dated, without the latest techniques, which is not necessarily a bad thing. There isn't much here that can't be found elsewhere,either by Liquori's contemporaries, or by more recent authors.
But evaluating this as a training guide is missing the point. It is chock full of motivating statements and war stories that make you want to lace on your track spikes and do a hard set of intervals. Far beyond a set of workouts and techniques, Liquori shows what it takes more in attitude and approach to the sport. I especially recommend this for the budding distance runner, who will find it more for valuable for the insights and motivation required to become a great runner, than the training advice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Guide on Being a Competetive Distance Runner 8 Dec. 2001
By Daniel Hurley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Maryt Liquori, the former 5000 meter Americam Holder and one of the great American Milers (he was in the thick of the race that first broke Jim Ryan's record), writes a very good guide on how to become competetively fit. He makes the comment that some runners try to improve by milage but quality is what makes you faster. That of course includes track work, speed and particularly intervals. I appreciated reading this while in my 30's Liqouri's comments that as an over 30 runner he found the need to run hard every three days versus every other day. It's important to know how fast your intervals are but Liqouri makes a good point, if you are not in shape, lay off the watch until you have made some progress. No need to discourage yourself. Works for older runners too, no watch that is. Very good coaching guide for high schoolers.
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