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""Grounded in impeccable exercise science, this book nonetheless retains a warm, conversational tone that encourages runners of all levels of ability to keep reading beyond their specific areas of interest. The material is extremely well-organized, with charts, schedules, and checklists guiding the runner in organizing her or his training. Beyond just giving instructions, the book imparts knowledge and wisdom, teaching the performance-oriented runner to think rather than just do.""
""This book provides an excellent, comprehensive look at training for competitive long-distance racing. Coaches and athletes can use this book as an outline to prepare for competitive racing. It helps remove guesswork since it contains information on all variables affecting successful racing-from human physiology to actual nuts and bolts workouts.""
1988 Olympic Trials Marathon Champion
Cross-country and Track Coach, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
This book has been my go to resource for technical, but not too technical, information about running for many years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jon
One thing that was and is still very unclear to me is the total weekly mileage.
For instance, in the first week of the advanced schedule (40+ miles per week)it says 46 total... Read more
For years, a friend who's quite an experienced coach and accomplished master's runner himself has been recommending this book to me. Read morePublished 18 months ago by grambo
A serious book about serious running which should be in all runner's bookcase.
Some items are a bit dated, but still very usable.
Pftizinger won the USA Olympic trials marathon, is an exercise physiologist, and writes insightful articles for Running Times (or at least used to; I haven't picked up an issue for... Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by Manny
Pete Pfitzinger's Road Racing for Serious Runners is a compact, easy to read running book that will help you achieve your peak performance
during a goal race, whether it is a... Read more
Pfitzinger spells out VO2 training, lactate threshold, and of course long runs and the reasons underlying each, and what occurs in the body for each type of training. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by runner-guy
I read this book when I was just getting into running and it had become clear that I wanted to be fast. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by Talia Ringer
I'd previously enjoyed and referred a lot to Bob Glover's book Competitive Runner's Handbook, and I was expecting something similar when I bought this. I was sorely disappointed. Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by Martin P Anso