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Unbreakable Runner: Unleash the Power of Strength & Conditioning for a Lifetime of Running Strong by [T. J., Murphy, Brian MacKenzie]
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A "New York Times" Best Seller!

"Men s Journal" Health Book of the Year

CrossFit Endurance founder Brian MacKenzie and Ironman triathlete T.J. Murphy shoot down distance-running doctrines in "Unbreakable Runner," and explain how upping intensity, slashing mileage, and incorporating specific strength and conditioning work will make you a stronger, faster, more injury-resistant runner whether in a 10K or an ultramarathon. "Men s Journal"

In his new book "Unbreakable Runner," MacKenzie tears down these traditions to reveal the new rules for fast, powerful running. "Competitor magazine"

MacKenzie has opened doors to coaches and runners, offering proven solutions to a myriad of problems that persistently vex runners of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Dean Karnazes, ultrarunner

"Unbreakable Runner" should appeal to all those with an injury-prone background who want to seek a more effective ways of training. "Athletics Weekly" "Unbreakable Runner" is a game changer. For 10+ years I followed a "traditional" approach to training for races from 1/2 marathon to 100-mile distances with mixed race-day results. After turning 40 and recovering from knee surgery, I made the decision to change things up and fully embrace the programming laid out in "Unbreakable Runner." I'm now not only a stronger, faster and more resilient all-around mountain-athlete, I've set PRs across the board and achieved race-day results I never thought possible. Bob Africa

"Unbreakable Runner" is a must-read for anyone interested in improving performance, maintaining a balanced and healthy body and achieving longevity in the field of athletics. The plans and principles described in Brian's book have allowed me to reduce my average weekly mileage by over 60% while still routinely breaking 24 hours in some of the most challenging 100-mile races around. More importantly, this foundation has created the opportunity to replace the junk miles with training that has produced a stronger, healthier, more balanced and overall productive person. I finished Western States in 23 hours on 21 miles a week following this plan. The training isn't easy but the plan is crystal clear. Steve Crane"

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Break free of stale training and repetitive injuries to become an UNBREAKABLE RUNNER!

Stamina, strength, endurance, resilience: These are the keys to successful running. Yet injury rates from running are at an all-time high, and training is often to blame. In "Unbreakable Runner," CrossFit Endurance founder Brian MacKenzie and journalist T.J. Murphy examine long-held beliefs about how to train, tearing down those traditions to reveal new principles for a lifetime of healthy, powerful running.

Challenging sacred cows of conventional training such as mega-mileage running and high-carb diets, MacKenzie and Murphy show how reduced mileage and high-intensity training will make you a stronger, more durable athlete and prepare you for races of any distance.

IF YOU RE A DISTANCE RUNNER who wants to invigorate your training, solve injuries, or break through a performance plateau, you ll gain power and resilience from MacKenzie s effective blend of run training with whole-body strength and conditioning.

IF YOU RE A CROSSFITTER who wants to conquer a marathon, half-marathon, or ultramarathon, you ll find endurance training instruction with 8- to 12-week programs that combine CrossFit workouts with run-specific sessions.

"Unbreakable Runner" includes CrossFit-based training programs for race distances from 5K to ultramarathon for beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners. Build a better running body with CrossFit Endurance, and run the race of your life!

MacKenzie has opened doors to coaches and runners, offering proven solutions to a myriad of problems that persistently vex runners of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Dean Karnazes"


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 55538 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (22 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PG9ESDK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'd probably give it 5/10 rather than 2/5 for a number of reasons. I was surprised at the amount of 5* ratings this book got. It reads more like an undergraduate thesis than a book or even a manual, and skips here and there without a much structure. Additionally I found it quite vague albeit with quite a few good examples of strength exercises, most of which I knew anyway. Nevertheless, perhaps for a beginner runner, this may be useful for someone who really wants to align CrossFit with endurance.

So the good:
- I was already a big believer in strength workouts to enhance running and prevent injury, and this book provides good examples of exercises although I'd like to see more, but banging the strength drum is all good.
- The diet stuff was pretty good, and reiterates a growing trend in the endurance community to eat healthily, but all that can very easily be found online.
- The skills and running form was interesting to correct form, and I'll be trying that.

But the bad:
- The reduction of "junk" mileage I understand. But the recommendations are for very very little running. This bothers me on two levels in particular; firstly that if you're going to run a marathon, then some experience for your body actually doing running for a few hours non-stop is probably necessary. Pounding the road for that length of time will need some acclimatisation. Secondly, most runners run because they ENJOY running! Reducing mileage to very little basically eliminates a hobby.
- It's contradictory. The book accepts CrossFit Endurance does not have the record of long slow runs on an elite level, but this doesn't matter says the author, because the book is aimed at everyday people who are trying to run healthily.
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I cannot understand why this book has had such good reviews. I found it was a mixture of ideas and theories thrown together and jumping from one to the other without a thorough analysis or explanation. Great if your not interested in theory, but it comes across as being a bit evasive to me. A pitfall I would want to avoid if I was writing about techniques I was truly passionate about rather than just getting my book bought, I'm sorry to say. In parts it appears to indicate you will improve at running but in other parts it's saying you may sacrifice some results to achieve a better all round fitness instead of just being a good runner. So I couldn't work out what the offer was. There are a lot of things I don't like about this book but the style of it obviously appeals to others judging by other reviews. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be and I feel let down by it.
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The transition from heel-striking to pose running is very hard, and it is way underestimated in the book. I've tried the pose method since 6-8 months (I took a crossfit course to learn) and I failed (pain in my soleus after 20mn of running), despite using the exercises mentioned in the book (regular jump rope, walking barefoot in my house...); 2-3 weeks rest was also useless.Pose method is not for everyone.
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Got to agree with previous review. Feel a little let down also. It seems to be to be basically Cross fit and workouts you could just find on the Internet. Talks about nutrition but only as far as to say experiment and see what works, seems to be the answer to most questions. There is absolutely nothing in this book I didn't already know or could easily have read up on the Internet...
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Very interesting read. Have adapted my training plan based on this book and will be interesting to see what happens.
Contains a lot of sense and I know several people who follow something similar and are able to produce good running times.
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Superb book that is an easy read and great information. Would help to explain if the training speeds were explained to be either as cadence or best effort etc
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Very well written book with current thinking well explained. Many runners would do well to read this book and incorporate aspects from it into their training.
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Great book, great information, very crossfit oriented (I don't do crossfit but hey ho) - sample workouts and running plans are really, really good !
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