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Runner's World The Cutting-Edge Runner: How to Use the Latest Science and Technology to Run Longer, Stronger, and Faster (Runners World) by [Fitzgerald, Matt]
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About the Author

MATT FITZGERALD, runner, triathlete, and coach, is a former editor and current contributor for Triathlete magazine. He writes articles for such national publications as Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Outside, Fitness Runner, and the Runner's World Web site, and serves as managing editor of the sports nutrition Web site, Pioneering Muscles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8251 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (26 May 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,054,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94d21558) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9558e15c) out of 5 stars A great book, with a SERIOUS CAVEAT 28 July 2006
By GJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an absolutely amazing, and probably most cutting-edge book on running you can find on today's book market (summer 2006), and a large part of its appeal is the fact that the content and the author's numerous recommendations are based on recent, serious, and carefully analyzed research.

This means, alas, that the book is VERY technical, and often assumes that the reader will understand without further need for explanations some fairly arcane terminology in the areas of sports medicine, biomechanics, and physiology. Admittedly, the author makes a good-faith effort to explain some of the more complex issues, but sometimes even that is not quite enough for this reader.

Although it will be a good, informative, and worthwhile read for all those interested in running, the recommendations and advice will be of use mostly to (and are almost exclusively directed at) serious, competitive, and very experienced runners.

I have to admit that since I focus on running as only a small part of a basic general fitness program, i.e., I have completely NO interest in running competitively, or in training for a marathon :) - most of this info. is not for me. Still, for those more focused on running competitively, it is probably a very valuable, cutting-edge read.

I hope that at some point the author will take the time and write a book based on the same well-informed sources, but directed at a more casual runner, and general reader without sports-medicine background like me.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9558e1b0) out of 5 stars Great book - just missing all the PEER-REVIEWED scientific references 28 July 2008
By dmlm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Mr. Fitzgerald is a very knowledgeable athlete and trainer, and indeed an excellent writer. The book is filled with the best running advice I have seen in a while. I am a former triathlete, now a daily exerciser who runs, does weight training, and yoga.

My only reason for not giving the book 5 stars is that as a scientist myself, the statements throughout the book where the author says, "from the science ...", or "studies show...", the PEER-REVIEWED references for these studies should be cited in those locations, or at a minimum listed at the end of each chapter with reference numbers throughout the text. I have access to the best scientific reference databases and can look up the papers mentioned with a bit of time since no authors, dates, titles or journal names are mentioned, yet it is unlikely most readers have the same access, and therefore, such references should be included in subsequent revisions.

I do want to thank Mr. Fitzgerald for (again) sharing his training expertise with the lowly runner like myself. Anything new that I learn is one more step toward a healthier life, happier running, and less wear-and-tear on this 50+ year old female's body. My husband is benefiting a great deal from this book as well. Many thanks for a well-written work.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9558e48c) out of 5 stars Great synthesis of recent research, an easy read 13 Nov. 2006
By Jeff in Baltimore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I used to do triathlons, but now I figure I'm primarily a runner. I just turned forty, and I am on a quest to get my 5k time from the 19 minute range down to 18 minutes. I figure if I can do that I'll start winning or placing in my new age category; that's my way of dealing with middle age and mid-life crises and so on.

I typically read a couple running books a month, looking for ways to improve, and this book really stands out. The author cites numerous studies and relates his personal experience in incorporating new discoveries into his training. If you subscribe to Runners World, you're probably familiar with most of these advances, but it's all thoughtfully considered here in a way that lends itself to reading cover to cover.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9558e9b4) out of 5 stars This book lives up to its title! Buy it! 12 Oct. 2007
By J. Maguire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm a serious athlete and train people professionlly (as a career) and this book does what it claims... it takes the latest and greatest information on running and endurance training in general and puts it all under one title in an easy to digest format. Train smarter, not harder. Buy this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9558e270) out of 5 stars A lot of information! 28 Jan. 2009
By Scott Dawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've been an on again, off again, casual runner for years. This book really presented a lot of information on nutrition, training regimens, and really boils down a lot of research into a compelling read. Some of the other reviewers found it too technical. I'm in a technical field, though not biomechanics, kinesiology or sports medicine, and I thought it was quite approachable.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking to improve their running performance, but I would also recommend it to anyone who is interested in better understanding what's going on in the body during a run.
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