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Long slow distance;: The humane way to train Unknown Binding – 1969

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Joe Henderson was for more than 30 years a columnist and editor at Runner’s World magazine, and he has published more than 30 books. He’s a veteran of more than 700 races, from sprints to ultras. He teaches running classes at the University of Oregon in Eugene and coaches a local marathon team. His columns appear on his website, joehenderson.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Tafnews Press (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911520120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911520125
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,924,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henderson describes the Long Slow Distance training method, and provides case studies of several runners who used the training strategy effectively, avoiding injury and improving their fitness and performance. Rather than being "just" a training method, LSD advocates a less stressful approach to running, making workouts less like work, and more enjoyable. Distance runs, it is noted, often build up to even higher than target distance (including the marathon itself), and remain enjoyable. Criticisms of the method are noted and addressed (for example, a commonly held objection is that there is NO speedwork, when in fact it is noted that most runners do get their speedwork in, under their common race conditions). Long Slow Distance is one of the many available training systems, each with their fans and detractors. This book is absolutely worth the read for getting insight into the LSD system and how it can become the core of a training plan, or at least a well-informed portion of it.
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This book is an early example of Joe Henderson's natural, modest writing style. For over twenty years, I have been inspired by this advocate of long, easy runs. "Nature," he writes, "in all her wisdom, has provided us distance runners with a means to compensate for the speed she denied us. That is endurance." Henderson's endurance as a writer, I believe, is equally impressive.
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This may be the most under rated and most unjustly maligned book ever written about running. In an environment where everyone seems to have complicated plans to running improvement, Long Slow Distance tells us how to do it simply and and stress free.
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Great book useful to new and more experienced runners as it is written by someone who has run for decades. This running endurance over a lifetime is more important to me than speedster training that can lead to flash-in-the-pan results that often lead to injury and the end of running. I like hearing what Henderson has found useful over the years as well as what he used to do. The introduction is very candid about the narratives being just one snapshot of each runner profiled at a certain point in his life, complete with height, age, and weight. It worked for these guys, it may work for the reader. It may not. Henderson doesn't say his is the best way, just one way.
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