Road Racing for Serious Runners Paperback – 1 Oct 1998
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" """Grounded in impeccable exercise science, this book nonetheless retains a warm, conversational tone that encourages runners of all levels of ability to keep reading beyond their specific areas of interest. The material is extremely well-organized, with charts, schedules, and checklists guiding the runner in organizing her or his training. Beyond just giving instructions, the book imparts knowledge and wisdom, teaching the performance-oriented runner to think rather than just do.""" Gordon Bakoulis Editor-in-Chief Running Times """This book provides an excellent, comprehensive look at training for competitive long-distance racing. Coaches and athletes can use this book as an outline to prepare for competitive racing. It helps remove guesswork since it contains information on all variables affecting successful racing-from human physiology to actual nuts and bolts workouts.""" Mark Conover 1988 Olympic Trials Marathon Champion Cross-country and Track Coach, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo "
This text takes a comprehensive look at training for competitive long-distance racing, containing charts, schedules and checklists to guide the runner in organizing his or her training. Runners select a goal racing distance, then learn how to prepare for success at this chosen distance by using a mix of five workouts: long runs, tempo runs, VO2 max workouts, basic speed sessions, and recovery runs. An individualized programme can be created by adjusting the training schedules provided for common race distances: 5K, 8K to 10K, 15K to half marathon, marathon, and cross country. Included with each of the five training schedules are racing tactics, mental tips, and lessons from world-class runners.See all Product description
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Has 3 programs for each race distance based on differing mileage. The plans give 2/3 workouts for each week and then let you fill the rest yourself
Based on this i bought Advanced Marathoning by the same author which has a lot more detail for that distance. They work well together and would recommend both books.
My only gripe, and the reason I give it 4 rather than 5 stars, is that, for some weeks in the training plans specified, it is difficult to see how the specified workouts add up to the total mileage! It seems like they allow for an awful lot of warm up miles.
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