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Faster Than Forty Hardcover – December 20, 2012

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  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Optimized Message, Inc. (December 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988626608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988626607
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,147,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is a compelling narrative here. From hero to zero and back to hero. This account follows a high performing college athlete to an unmotivated individual with a fondness of alcohol to finally a world class athlete who becomes the fastest man over the age of forty.

Besides the cool back story this book is packed with graphs, data, studies, insights, diets that you can apply to your life whether you are an athlete or regular Joe. The book is extremely well researched. It is obvious a ton of time went into collecting and analyzing this data.
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There is nothing like a great American comeback story, and this is a great one. It is inspiring (I'm a 40 something myself) informative and entertaining at the same time. It's a great read for anyone not just runner's but I imagine if you are a runner it is that much more interesting... Highly recommend!
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If you are either masters athlete, somebody who wants to be a masters athlete, or anyone looking for a ton of information about training coupled with a great story then don't hesitate to grab this "must-read." The authors are good friends of mine. I was personally inspired by Mark's story and decided to start training again. He had already been at it a couple of years and had collected all sorts of experience and information. He said something to me at the time that I quickly dismissed but now are words that I know all to well to be true: "you will get injured when you start your comeback." Looking back on it he was like Frank Shorter when he said: "How did I know you ran the mile in 4:30 in high school? That's easy. Everyone ran the mile in 4:30 in high school - Frank Shorter." How did he know I would get injured? That's easy, every masters athlete does. I can tell you from experience that while we can make our bodies perform "Faster Than Forty" they are not the same as they were in college. Any book that offers experience that you can draw upon to navigate these differences should be given a good hard look. My mistake was not embracing more of the information earlier in my training. Several trips to PT and eventually the operating room can change your perspective. If you don't agree with some of the information when you read it you may find yourself reflecting back on it during your training and racing and realizing that it was solid advice. Two cyber-thumbs up!
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I am 51 years old and I try to stay in shape. I have always been pretty active but I find myself getting injured frequently. After reading Mark's book I realized a few things. First, like Mark did at one point, I probably regarded the importance of workout, diet and recovery at 70%, 15% and 15%; Mark suggests that the correct ratio should be 33-33-33. Also, he told a story about having had knee pain and how it was fixed with "aggressive stretching and hot tub". I tried both of these approaches (in other words, more focus on recovery/diet and more stretching) and my knees have been pretty much pain free. I also appreciated his detailed research on various supplements. For example, he said that his experience with glucosamine was "moderately successful". That was my experience as well and I have stopped taking it now that I have been focusing more on my stretching. I also liked his discussion of supplements such as creatine (he says it is helpful), vitamin D (helpful but difficult to absorb correctly) and caffeine (use once in a while).
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Faster than Forty is the story of Mark Gomes, a former high school phenom and collegiate star (who may not have quite reached his potential in college), who made it his goal to win the USATF Masters National Championship 800m run. What started as a simple email among friends that proposed the idea of competing in the USA Masters Track and Field Championship soon turned into a challenge for Gomes to transform himself from a sedentary middle-aged man to one of the top masters middle distance runners in the nation. In his book, Gomes relates his experience to the readers, and also imparts some tips based on his own training.

Gomes opens each chapter with anecdotes about his running, often about his and his teammates' antics as collegiate runners. For me, this was the highlight of the book. These short stories are well-written and compelling, and I found myself constantly looking forward to reaching the next chapter so I'd hit the next story. I was tempted to go through and read them all first, and then go back and read the rest of the book, but each anecdote somehow relates to the chapter that follows, whether it imparts some type of moral or is just a related lead-in. Anyone who ran in college (or even high school) will be able to relate to these stories, and they will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face.

For those of you who are used to books like Hansons Marathon Method and Daniels Running Formula, you will certainly find Faster than Forty to be a change of pace. Gomes is not an exercise physiologist, and he takes a decidedly less scientific approach to his training. When Gomes is looking for training advice, he turns to Google, and his citations are often strings for Google searches.
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