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About the Author

TOBY TANSER is founder and director of Shoe4Africa, a charitable organization that promotes AIDS awareness in Africa through sports. He is also a director of the New York Road Runners, the world's largest running organization.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing; 1st Edition edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594160740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594160745
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is FULL of TRAINIG PLANS followed by top runners.
Ruben Torres
If you are a runner looking to improve, I highly recommend this book.
bayareagirl2005
It will definitely make you run more fire like the Kenyans do daily.
Adrian Perez

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey J. Wilhelmy on January 30, 2009
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This is Toby Tanser's third book on Kenyan distance running, the other two being Train Hard, Win Easy, published in 1997, and a revised 2001 edition. He is uniquely qualified to write about Kenyan running. He lived in Kenya for 6 months (1995) and is a professional runner himself. The East African dominance of world distance running remains unchallenged and exceeds the reign of other of history's national dynasties such as Finland, Hungary, New Zealand and Australia. This book explores the various theories on this dominance and rejects most of them. Altitude, poverty, genetics, performance enhancing drugs, all are examined and dismissed. Readers looking for the secret will not be disappointed though; it's the ability to focus in an uncluttered environment (no cell phones, TV's, DVD's, play stations), a love of hard training followed by more hard training, a belief in doing whatever it takes, and an inherently optimistic nature. All these characteristics are developed in a life that Paul Tergat, former world record holder at the marathon, describes as "sheer hard work and persistent hard struggle, especially to get the basic necessities of daily living." Mr. Tanser's treatment of his subject is thorough, if not exhaustive. The book includes chapters on a brief history of Kenyan running, training, diet, coaches and over 100 pages of profiles on all the prominent Kenyan middle distance and distance runners. Mr. Tanser has done a terrific job of illuminating this subject and book collectors should note that his other 2 volumes on Kenyan running, now out of print, are selling on Amazon.com for over $100. More Fire is not for collectors though, but for distance runners and anyone in that category will be inspired by Tanser's account of the ferocious simplicity of Kenyan running.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By U. Bettag on November 13, 2008
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Having read many books on running over the years on all aspects of running I can sincerely say that "More Fire - How to run the Kenyan Way" is the best book on running I have read.
Already been a fan of the previous edition, this edition is even better and pushes the knowledge and insight about Kenyan running to the next level.
Unlike other books on running, which focus too much on the scientific and technical aspects of running "More Fire" is a result of in-depth analysis and evidence of how the Kenyan elite athletes train, how they live, how they race and their fundamental values, attitudes and behaviours, which drives them to excel and dominate in the world of running.
I strongly recommend the book to all the aspiring runners, athletic coaches or those involved in governing athletics, it is a must read. Many valuable lessons can be learnt from how the Kenyan's do it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. on January 17, 2009
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As an avid runner with some extra time on his hands, I read this book over the recent holiday season and have to say I really enjoyed it. The author certainly has a passion for both Kenya and running, and that feeling comes through in a very conversational and matter of fact tone. The book introduces us to dozens of interesting and accomplished Kenyan runners and coaches and lets us experience firsthand the training and lifestyle that has carried many of these individuals to the top. Although touching on some of the problems that exist in modern day Kenya (poverty, tribal warring, etc), the author also paints a wonderful and lush image of the Kenyan people and countryside as he takes us along on daily runs in, for example, the high and clear air of the rift valley region. Overall I found the book to be both inspirational and entertaining. My favorite suggestion from the book on how to run the Kenyan way is to "run each race as though you were delivering a message to the Promised Land!" A great piece of advice!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daywalker on October 12, 2010
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This book is a must for every runner! Actually, this book should be listed in the western educational system. The contrast between african people and the western world is huge. The lifestory's of some kenyan runners (male or female) opened my eyes and made me stronger as a runner, more confident. Their lifestyle is a slap in the face and showed me how lucky i am with al the chances i have got in my life. Without having to fight for it. Some say it is unfaire, but this is just the way it is. And this is also the reason caucasian runners don't play a role in the elite running world! Are we being punished by our own 'easy' society? After all these years of making everything 'easier' in our life. Roads and cars everywhere, busses, electronic bikes!, automatic stairs, fastfood,... just the lazy lifestyle that many people in the western world are living. Many will reply: "So making progress and making a better life is not good?" Hard to answer. Looking at the movie 'Wall-e' also tells this story. Therefore, this book is just hard reality whith a message. A society making us soft and dumb. The message goes out to ourselves...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James H. Mcnevin on June 8, 2009
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For many folks that truly admire and respect what the Kenyan runner's have done in the last several years and will never make it over to Kenya, either because a lack of money or speed to hang with these "elites", this book provides unique insight into the Kenyan runner's mind and life in their running camps that they live and train in. A must read if you are into running.
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