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Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Run-a-Week Training Program Paperback – April 10, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Second Edition, Revised edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609618025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609618025
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book was a wonderful read and very informative.
Kerry Reed
It is so important that this book also covered the importance of cross training, stretching, and resistance training.
Jody Stoops
Highly recommended for novice and experienced runners alike.
Tracy Henderson

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful 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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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By drameya on April 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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86 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Morris on March 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This review relates specifically to using this book for marathon training. I am making no statement on its effectiveness for running faster at shorter distances, such as a 5k. And that is my first complaint about the book. The majority of the discussion is framed in relation to your 5k time. This is the equivalent of trying to teach someone about oranges by talking about apples. I guess you're supposed to go out and measure your 5k time. Then you can grind your numbers through different conversion tables to arrive at marathon times. How does a 5k really equate to a marathon? The same way an apple equals an orange.

Here's the important part: Three quality runs per week sounds great. Speed run, tempo run and long run (with cross training in between). The simple reality for me was that I gained speed in short distances at the expense of losing my stamina for the long runs. How many times have we heard if you want to be able to run a lot of miles you have to train by running a lot of miles? Three runs per week just wasn't enough. Yes, I gained speed on short runs - I even ran a half marathon at a personal best time - but week after week my long runs got tougher and tougher until I couldn't do them anymore. It's the same problem of the apples and oranges. Cross training (i.e. biking or swimming) is great, but biking and swimming unfortunately do not improve your running. My stamina came back when I reverted to my proven training methods.

One last word of caution. Everyone's body responds differently to different stressors, so for this you really have to know thyself... All of the hard pounding from the speed repeats that is the core of this program caused me to sustain more pains and injuries than I ever did running 6-8 miles every day through the week with a long run on the weekends. The idea that you will get injured less because you are running less did not hold true for me.

Good luck and keep running.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Chatman on February 16, 2014
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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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