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RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel Paperback – May 24, 2010
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"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
"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
"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, elite running coach and author of Magical Running and Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes
"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
"As a long-time proponent of effort-based training, I highly recommend RUN. 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. Maybe it's your brain trying to tell you something. Whether you're a newbie or a master runner, if you want to improve your running, learn more about yourself and your body, and possibly maximize your running potential, 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
"Run doesn't aspire to convert the masses, yet Fitzgerald skillfully urges everyone to hear his philosophy and put a little thought into the way we approach training. Those runners who do find merit in Fitzgerald's approach will be rewarded with simplicity and peace of mind." - Liberty Sports magazine
"What does it all mean when you are feeling great or not so good or somewhere in between? RUN takes us back to the commonsense approach of listening to our bodies and using its signals to adapt our training." -IMPACT magazine
"Commit the time to RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel, and you will be handsomely rewarded with a new way of approaching and thinking about your running, training, and racing." - The RUNiverse
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"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
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I recommend RUN for anybody running, she or he will attain the best understanding how to gain from pleasure, I did! My Long Slow Distance running is now taking significant less effort at the last 20% of it. The day after I do twice the normal distance of my hilltraining, I NEVER felt better! Thank you Matt for writing RUN.
Sean, "there is no run without a purpose"
You won't find prescriptive training schedules but you will be able to develop, through your own intuition, the best training approach for you. Matt's book helps you do this.
Great book and an excellent read after Brain Training for Runners
Great insightful book with a lot of common sense once you understand the mind/body connection to running. Thanks Matt! Will buy two more copies for my running friends.
This book is not geared for a brand new runner. Someone who has been running and is just getting into racing can benefit from this book, but not someone just starting running. If you are just starting to run, try one of the more structured beginning plans first. Then when you learn how your body reacts to running give this book a read. There is some prior knowledge that the author assumes you have about training and running that you will need to successfully read through this book.
Reading Run made me realize that, while I have enjoyed reading many running books, the ones I enjoy most are the stories about people running, not so much the training or coaching books. Run fits the latter category. This book is directed at the serious runner, preferably one who has trained with a coach or a team. Fitzgerald does give a nod to the casual runner at times, but the target audience seems to be the more serious running crowd.
That's not to say a back-of-the-packer like me can't benefit from his teaching. To run by feel, run happy and confident. Fitzgerald gives the example of Dean Karnazes, who loves to run long distances more than just about anyone, running for hours and hours just for fun (as well as to raise money and awareness as he did in his recent coast-to-coast run). Then there's Haile Gebreselassie, who always runs with a smile. Confidence, Fitzgerald writes, comes from experience and training. So, for instance, if my training runs have been at a certain pace, I have more confidence that I can run that pace in a race.
Fitzgerald seems not to be a fan of training plans, those schedules that tell you weeks ahead of time what you'll run on a particular date in preparation for a race.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book taught me to use my feelings to device my running schedule, also taught me not to be so hard on myself if I didn’t do what ever the training program says. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andreas Michaelides
As a former pro triathlete and now college swim coach, I related at deep level to Matts message. Going to implement many of the ideas with the athletes I currently work with.Published 9 months ago by clark w campbell
I bought this book because I loved Matt Fitzgerald's other book called 80/020 running. That book was more beneficial to me when compared to this one. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sidney D. Parker
It's rare that a running guide does not contain any training schedules for the 5k, 10k, marathon, etc. Read morePublished 11 months 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 13 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 20 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 24 months ago by Rodolfo A. Rodriguez