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About the Author

Bill Pierce, listed as a marathon supercoach by Runner's World magazine, is an experienced marathoner and chair of the Health Sciences Department at Furman University.

Scott Murr, an experienced marathoner and 12-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, is director of the Furman Fitness and Aquatics Center.
Ray Moss is professor of Health Sciences and director of the Molnar Human Performance Laboratory at Furman University.


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  • File Size: 4658 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; 2 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PF7LBE
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By JU on January 20, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I disagree completely with the reviewer who said this is not for seasoned runners. I have been running for years, and this book worked wonders for me. Most other running books advocate running crazy high mileage nearly six or seven days a week. I adhered to that philosophy for years and found that despite all of the junk miles, I was not getting much faster and I was getting injured often. This book describes the three quality running workouts for each week, lays out the exact paces you need to hit, and lets you get to work. Other running books encourage running weekly long runs at a much slower pace than you intend to run in the race, so your body is not getting used to that pace. If you want to race faster, you have to train faster, and this book adopts that philosophy. I started training with this book in June, and by December, I had new PRs in every distance I attempted, and I have been injury free. I am a firm believer!
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I bought the kindle version of this book last year and planned to use it to train for a marathon. I loved the advice and the plans in the book, but I found it nearly impossible to use as a real training guide in the electronic form. In order to build your training plan you have to consult several different tables, and as you're getting used to each workout you will want to refer to the book again and again to remind yourself exactly how the workout should be done. This was simply too difficult with the electronic version so I put it aside and followed a different plan ... to mixed results. (I finished the marathon, but not like I wanted to.)

This year I purchased the paper version and have found it much easier to build the training plan and to consult the book when I have questions. I would give the book 5 stars except that the way it is constructed leaves a lot to be desired. As I mentioned, you have to flip between many different tables on many different pages and in different sections of the book to come up with your plan for the week, or for a particular race. For example, if you're training for a 5k you have to first choose your base time from a previous race or by doing the interval workout they recommend. This tells you what your paces should be for each workout using the pace tables. There are pace tables for different race distances, such as 5k, 10k, or half or full marathon. Then you need to flip to the cross-training section and decide what cross-training to do, and then you need to plan out how all of these different runs and paces and cross-training workouts should fit into a week. The book provides 12-week and 16-week plans for the different distances, but it provides separate charts for the runs and the cross-training, both in different parts of the book.
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After completing 3 half marathon, I was beginning to plateau and was looking for a nice and robust training program to improve my pace. I came across this book from an email received from Runners World. Bought the New Edition after reading all the nice Reviews the customers had given to the first edition on Amazon. So very Glad that I am not disappointed.
RUNNING LESS appeals to me as I am short of time due to other commitments.
Also RUNNING FASTER is what I want to achieve.
The books Main Principle is RUNNING WITH PURPOSE. Each training run should have purpose so that one gets rid of his junk miles.
There are 3 Main Runs with 2 Cross training days
The 3 mains runs consist of:
#1. Speed Strides and Track Repeats (running shortest distance with fastest pace).
#2. Tempo Runs (running medium distance with fast pace)
#3. Long run (running longest distance with slowest pace)
Makes terrific sense to me!
SO I have started meticulously following the training program and am sure will improve my pace!
Also has sections on Nutrition, Stretching and Strength Training.
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR RUNNERS.
Have to thank the authors for such a wonderful training program.
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IMMEDIATE BENEFITS. Okay, I ordered the book. Read it through. I bought it because as a runner with aging muscles that do not bounce back like they used to, I already run but 3 days a week, and yet expect to contend in my age group this year (60-64M). I wanted to learn more about what it is I'm already doing so I can do it better.

SUMMARY. It's pretty good start, but lacks information for new and experienced runners. Good principles, but not well developed.

FIVE BASIC PRINCIPLES. Run Less Run Faster expounds ICRPA - five principles of Intensity, Cross-Training, Recovery, Pace Selection, Avoid Injuries.

INTENSITY. I get the Intensity part - both for training, contending with lactate [whatever that is, and I don't mean that facetiously]; and for becoming mechanically and metabolically acclimated to estimated race pace.

Comment on mileage. As one who grew up decade ago on the longer the better principle, it will still be hard to expect to run less than 45 miles a week and expect to be competitive. We'll see. Pierce et al. did not contend physiologically or psychologically with current trend to doing longest runs 1-2+ minutes/mile below race pace.

CROSS-TRAINING. Benefitted immediately from section on Cross Training (especially what to avoid on non-key run days and most importantly why).

REST AND RECOVER. Lacks in describing what Rest looks like. Nothing? I don't know. Dedicating but a couple of pages to the chapter on Rest and Recovery, and not providing good explanations or examples is a definite weakness in this book Pierce et al. need to address.

AVOIDING INJURIES. Well, yes. The three-legged stool comes to play here. Stretching, strengthening, and contending with scar tissue.
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