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About the Author

Roy M. Wallack is a Los Angeles Times health and fitness columnist and former editor of Triathlete and Bicycle Guide magazines. A participant some of the world's toughest running, cycling, and multisport events, including the Boston Marathon, Badwater UltraMarathon, Eco-Challenge, La Ruta de los Conquistadores, and TransRockies Run, he finished second in the World Fitness Championship in 2004. Wallack has written for Outside, Men's Journal, Runner's World, Competitor, Bicycling, Mountain Bike, and authored The Traveling Cyclist: 20 Worldwide Tours of Discovery (1991) and Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100 (2005), an athletic longevity plan for cyclists.

Carl Foster Ph.D., FACSM is the former president of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a professor of exercise and sport science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and director of the Human Performance Laboratory at UW-L. Foster is a former associate editor-in-chief of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and a co-editor of ACSM\u2019s Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines. His distinguished professional career and accomplishments have produced over 250 scientific papers, book chapters, and longer works.

Sally Edwards is a former Master's World Record holder in the Ironman Triathlon, a 1984 Olympic Marathoner Trials Finisher as well as a World Record Holder in the Iditashoe 100-Mile Snowshoe Race. She has competed in some of the hardest races on the planet, including the Western States 100-Mile Run which she won. A leader in the field of fitness training, Sally holds a master's in Exercise Physiology and is the creator and CEO of the Heart Zones Training System which uses heart rate data and cardiac training ranges to enhance athletic performance. A founder of the sport of triathlon (and a Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee), most of Sally's recent races have been performed in her role as the National Spokeswoman for the Danskin Triathlon Series.

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Racing can be intimidating. After all, it’s so much harder than running. Running—what we do during training—is a comfortable, fun, motivational thing, full of the excitement of improving, the camaraderie of working out with friends and sharing training stories, and the feel-good endorphins of the so-called “runners high.” But then comes race day, and all those enjoyable aspects of the sport suddenly disappear. If you experience even a sliver of those warm-and-fuzzy running-training feelings during a race, according to Carl, consider yourself lucky. Because racing—real performance racing versus “just-want-to-finish”  racing—is not comfy and fun, mentally or physically. In fact, physiologically speaking, he says, if you do it right, it only feels good when it’s over. Understanding that and the reasons behind it is important, because you’ll realistically know what to expect during the race—and how to race it to your best. Then, after you’ve achieved your goal and made yourself proud, you can go home, collapse on the couch, and  return to your old carefree days of just simply running. Until the next race, that is.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592334245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592334247
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Goodell on April 17, 2011
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The research and scientific information in this book is fascinating, but the stories of athletes and coaches intertwined with the technical data keeps it light and fun to read. It's a perfect blend of anecdotes and playful jabs about the oh-so-predictable behaviors of people who love to run, and analysis of research that has been done on various methods of training. I really enjoy Sally Edward's writing style and the sense of humor she incorporates into her teaching methods.
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By LIW68 on February 16, 2012
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This book is awesome. I'm looking to up my game with running and this books has been a wonderful, insightful resource. Their approach and recommendations to creating a "balanced" exercise program and the importance of your heart rate to help increase endurance was very informative. I have a HRM on its way and am looking forward to taking my fitness to the next level .
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I have been waiting for a book like this to come along! I'm not an extreme athlete, and so many other books on running are either too intense or hard to understand. I run mostly half marathons, have completed one marathon and was wanting to challenge myself. After reading, "How to be a Better Runner", I KNOW I can be! There are many training plans that are well laid out. It's full of inspirational photos, diagrams and a glossary with all the different runs. There are great tips on everything running and has advice on shoes, body form, diet and all-body fitness. It helps you to make the best choices and to set your own realistic goals. I've been training with a heart rate monitor for almost two years now, and I feel it is the most valuable and important addition to my workouts. Sally Edwards and Carl Foster give detailed information on heart zone training and thresholds that is invaluable for anyone, not just runners.
"Be a Better Runner" will surely get you up and running!
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My husband and I had to fight over who was going to read this book first. He reads it at night and I read it during the day and we have 2 bookmarks. Sally and Carl really connected with me in this book and I felt as if they were speaking directly to me. I know I'm a better runner from this book. Not only has it helped me with my running posture but the training program is a MUST HAVE program! I am so excited about the results I've already seen in just a few weeks. I LOVED the pictures and I have a hard time putting the book down. SIMPLY AMAZING!!!
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I have read many books on running and have found this to be the most complete and best structured and written.
I strongly recommend
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I bought this book because of its claims that it contains "[t]he latest research on special concerns such as running...during pregnancy...and preventing amenorrhoea in female distance runners is also highlighted." She gave it back to me saying that she did not find any of those topics covered. In fact, the book does not even say the word "pregnant" or "pregnancy" at all.

That being said, I found the heart rate sections helpful for my own benefit and I have been training with it since. As another reviewer pointed out, some of the charts do not match-up or are inconsistent with the text, but the general idea is there.

As useful as it was for me, I really was hoping to find something definitive for my wife to continue running during pregnancy, and despite claims, this was not that book.
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