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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (October 26, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880118180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880118187
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."""Gordon BakoulisEditor-in-ChiefRunning Times """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."""Mark Conover1988 Olympic Trials Marathon ChampionCross-country and Track Coach, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo "

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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.""
Gordon Bakoulis
Editor-in-Chief
Running Times

""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.""
Mark Conover
1988 Olympic Trials Marathon Champion
Cross-country and Track Coach, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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A serious book about serious running which should be in all runner's bookcase.
Kenneth
It explains the right pace to use for each workout, whether it be an easy day or speed session.
james f. mcgrath
Clear, concise, and with good training tables, this book is a nice tweak on Daniel's book.
L. Behan

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ed Fager on June 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Pfitzinger's book finally delivers on what I always want from a book on a complex subject, simple explanations and simple solutions. Why write 800 pages when 188 will suffice. If you are only looking to train for 5K's then you can skip the section on 10K and marathon training and get even more concise explanations. This book gives short, simple explanations to the key elements of a training program. We now know everything we need to know about VO2 max and lactate threshold training, their relative importance, how to improve them and how to incorporate them into your training program. Pete indirectly points out how most of us are doing no lactate threshold training (by running most of our daily runs to slow) and doing all of our interval work to fast. I recommend this book to anyone looking to improve his or her racing times.
I would also suggest buying "Daniels Running Formula". I bought it last summer and my 5K's times went down from 19:40 to 18:50. I bought "Road Racing for Serious Runners" to basically get a second opinion on Daniel's theories. Actually these are not opinions or theories. These are time-tested methods back by sound science. I'm 43 years old and I'm living proof that random training will yield random results. Both Pfitzinger and Jack Daniels book will eliminate the "lets try this" approach to training. Both books cover the same topics and both authors come up with the basically the same training program. Daniels book breaks his schedule into 4 six-week phases while Pfitzinger has a 10-week and an 11 phase. When you look at both plans it becomes obvious and almost laughable on how easy it is to improve on your racing times (and in my case actually cut back on the training intensity).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Kondogonis on February 16, 2000
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This book is an excellent training manual. It focuses on specific training for specific events (from 5 Km to the marathon) and gives you remarkably predicatable results regardless of your level. I tried a couple of the programs because I was skeptical. The results that they promised were too good to be true given the little amount of training needed. I succeeded every time. I am amazed at how little is required to achieve a goal if you focus on the correct principles at the correct times. The book also gives a detailed background on the training methods and scientific principles involved so you are not just following a training 'recipe' without understanding it. I have been running for many years and didn't think I could run faster. This book has shown me how to do it and also, how to do it with far less effort! This is by far the best running/training manual that I have read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2000
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There are several good books available now that explain "state of the art" training for distance runners. Most of those books deal with concepts like VO2 max and lactate threshold and show the reader how to make use of those concepts in his or her training. This is the best book I've seen of that type. The concepts are explained clearly, and the author shows how to train effectively and efficiently using these and other key concepts. I felt like I understood a lot more about training when I finished the book, and rereading some sections has deepened my understanding. I especially like the fact that training schedules are easy to understand, reasonably flexible, and that schedules are provided for runners at different levels and for different distances, e.g. runners who do around 20 miles a week and want to train for a 5K. I remember watching the author win the 1984 Olympic marathon trials against many runners who arguably had more talent, and that credibility should give the reader confidence that good results will come if the schedules and principless are applied.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1999
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This is an excellent book. Pfitzinger not only tells you how to train, but explains why in clear, understandable language. His schedules are perfect for runners who need flexibility since he sets out what needs to be done each week & prioritizes them so you can fit them into YOUR work schedule, not the other way around.
After using 2 cycles of the training program, I can attest that they bring results.
The best training resource I've read in 25 years of running! Bravo!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By james f. mcgrath on October 3, 2000
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Along with Jack Daniel's Running Formula, this book is the best of its kind. It shows you the right way to train and tells you how to do it. This book is great for a beginner as well as an advanced runner. the training programs are easy to understand and they work, whether you race a 5K or marathon. It explains the right pace to use for each workout, whether it be an easy day or speed session. If you want better race times, read this book and train the right way. Use this book as your running bible.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Behan on September 28, 2004
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If Jack Daniel's book is the bible of running, this book is a close second. Clear, concise, and with good training tables, this book is a nice tweak on Daniel's book.
Using the methods espoused in these two books has improved my race times dramatically. Instead of random training, every training run now has a purpose; be it a slow easy run or speed workouts at the track.
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