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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (January 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736037497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736037495
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Miller has captured the essentials of form and function that will enable the new athlete to dramatically accelerate the learning curve while providing the seasoned veteran with the breakthrough keys to unlock the running potential inside. Following the principles outlined in "Programmed to Run" is a sure way to rapid and permanent improvement." Jeff ArbogastTrack and Cross Country Head Coach, Bingham High School (UT)National High School Cross Country Champions Boys (1995)

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”Dr. Miller has captured the essentials of form and function that will enable the new athlete to dramatically accelerate the learning curve while providing the seasoned veteran with the breakthrough keys to unlock the running potential inside. Following the principles outlined in Programmed to Run is a sure way to rapid and permanent improvement.”

Jeff Arbogast
Track and Cross Country Head Coach, Bingham High School (UT)
National High School Cross Country Champions – Boys (1995)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Travis Cottreau on July 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am a new runner... before I started training for a 1/2 marathon, I had only run 4-5 k on a treadmill, which I'd been doing on and off for about 2 years.

To be fair, I don't know a lot about running, and probably any book would be a good book for me. Thomas Miller does seem to have a lot of experience about running, and has certainly trained for and run a lot of marathons and 1/2 marathons. He has analysed running in great detail.

Things this book does well:

1) cover running technique (body part alignment, hands, feet, torso etc...)
2) cover breathing (rhino breathing - quite effective I thought)
3) cover the psychological parts of running (negative self talk and how to beat it - quite effectively too)

Things this book does poorly:
1) cover running equipment, shoes, "kit" (he mentioned a kit, but never says what it is).
2) cover how to create a training schedule (he talks about it a lot, but in a hand-waving way with almost no examples)
3) cover nutrition of any kind
4) cover running injuries, how to prevent them and how to treat them

Like another reviewer, I found that Miller spent too much time talking about his own experiences... that has a place, but Miller goes too far in a lot of places.

Unlike another reviewer, I found that the psychological aspects and mind-body control were useful. If you are a serious runner, and have been running for some time, this might not be useful, I'm not sure. As a beginning running, I find that it's helpful to know what to do when you feel like stopping in the middle of a run. This book worked for me, even if it's only been a short while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deanna McLaughlin on June 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great book with hands-on concepts for anyone that wants to improve their running performance. The chapters on technique are easy to understand and if you practice them, you will see results immediately in your running.
The chapters on mental performance technique are equally good and hard to come by. If you race, you know your mind often falls apart before your body does. Miller gives you many resources to keep focused on running.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to run faster and smarter!
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By Earl P. Chantrill on October 8, 2014
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I have run for many years and completed many road races from 5K to marathons (best marathon time 2:46:20; best 10K 36:23; best 5K 15:51). I learned things in the first chapter that helped me improve my running immediately. I highly recommend this book to runners of all skill levels, even if you have a personal running coach.
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By TO on December 14, 2009
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This book is my favorite. I find myself referencing it alot. There's alot of good, solid training advice and some novel training techniques presented. I like the fact that the author is scientifically based and bases training on real testing vs hunches.
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By Stephen Morley on April 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
The author through self exploration leads the reader to believe that it truly is mind over matter. I found the book to be well written, although at times a little too centred on the author's experiences. Overall a good read.
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