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“The elements and philosophy laid out in RUN were fundamental and played an essential role in my overall success throughout my career as a self-coached athlete. The ability to run by feel is a learned skill and without the capacity to self assess and adjust your training intuitively, you will inevitably fall short of your potential.” — Alan Culpepper, 2000 & 2004 U.S. Olympian, sub 4-minute miler, sub 2:10 marathoner
“ASICS was onto something when it chose its new name, a Latin abbreviation for ‘a sound mind in a sound body.’ This philosophy is the key to unlocking all the potential we hold. From my first race in junior high gym class to competing in the 2008 Olympic Marathon, I have found that the stronger my mind and spirit are, the further I am able to push myself. Any runner interested in maximizing potential must study the mind-body connection or their journey will not be complete.” — Ryan Hall, 2008 Olympian and two-time American record holder
“In his latest book, Matt Fitzgerald successfully explains the mind-body method of running. While this concept can be difficult to understand, Fitzgerald describes it in a way that will speak to beginners and elite runners alike. Anyone trying to improve and realize their true running potential should read Run.” — Kara Goucher, 2008 Olympian and World Championship medalist
“RUN is full of information that will help all runners start training by feel. Once you learn to trust your instincts in training, your injuries will decrease and your personal records will fall.” — Amy Yoder Begley, 2008 Olympian and four-time U.S. national champion
“The coach knows what to do, the scientist tells us why. Fitzgerald’s RUN artfully and responsibly blends scientifically grounded supportive research and convincing anecdotal evidence into a message that those of us who take running seriously must heed. Now the U.S. can learn the true secrets of the great African runners: That voice in your head that says, “Too much, too little, too hard, too easy”, despite what the device on your wrist says, is probably right!” — Bobby McGee, renowned running coach and author of Magical Running and Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes
“As a long-time proponent of effort-based training, I highly recommend RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel. The reader will learn the most important concept in all of training—how to connect effort with pace. Using the techniques and ideas in this book, runners can expect more consistent training and racing results without the worry of external feedback from devices like GPS and heart rate monitors. I use effort-based training with the beginning runners, middle of the packers, and Olympians I coach and recommend all runners learn this valuable technique.” — Greg McMillan, M.S., McMillanRunning.com online coach
“After years of searching science journals for secret workouts and fitness techniques, Matt Fitzgerald has decided that the brain is the ultimate training tool. In this insightful and evidence-based book, he challenges us to achieve our potential by enjoying every run and race, even as we accept the pain.” — Amby Burfoot, editor at large, Runner's World; 1968 Boston Marathon winner
“Hey, maybe that voice in your head isn't you going bonkers from too much training. Whether you're a newbie or a master runner...I highly recommend you pick up a copy and read RUN.” — Runner Dude’s Blog
“If you're looking to get to your peak performance weight or explore the mind-body connection of running, writer Matt Fitzgerald has some advice for you. Through his numerous books published by VeloPress, Fitzgerald, an expert in endurance training and nutrition, explores a wide range of topics and cutting-edge developments from the world of running and endurance sports.” — ESPN.com
This is a book you can read multiple times and get something new from it every time you pick it up.
There is a section that deals with the power of the mind and how to overcome situations that are tough, which I found particularly enlightening.
This book explains quite well the bases for improvising the training plan by feel for better performance.
It's rare that a running guide does not contain any training schedules for the 5k, 10k, marathon, etc. Read morePublished 29 days ago by dtobisk
This is one of my favorite books on running. If you're looking for a specific type of training plan, this is not the book for you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nathan Leckband
Bought this a while back and have been slowly reading it. As an ultra trail runner I find it useful and full of reminders when preparing for an ultra.Published 10 months ago by Shane W. Early
As a beginning runner it was very interesting to get a lot of good quality information. I feel like it has a lot of applications even outside of running. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rodolfo A. Rodriguez
Between the three books and the youtube videos, I am becoming a big fan.This book's focus on the mind of running is on target.Published 14 months ago by Mark
I wanted to like it; however, it was really a collection of disjointed - often contradictory - ideas that left me wondering what I had read. I really don't see the point.Published 15 months ago by Nathan T Smith
I enjoyed the book and am glad someone is writing on this subject. But I wish the author had been more familiar with somatic education, and ways in which movement and running can... Read morePublished 16 months ago by scott forrester
Clear writing style, the latest research, lots to think about on the long runs, lots of ideas I can use to develop the right training for me (and improve my plan as I go along).Published 17 months ago by Elizabet E Patience
Especially the introduction and first 2 chapters are really worth it. I think, when reading this book in some months again, I will learn again new things.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer