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Editorial Reviews


"Well written and informative, Running Anatomy offers readers an inside look at what it means to be a runner and how to get to the next level." --Dr. Neil Liebman, Team Chiropractor, Philadelphia 76ers

"Aided by wonderful illustrations, Dr. Patrick Milroy and coach Joe Puleo provide fascinating insights into the evolution and physiology of running. They show how improving strength and balance can help you go faster and further in this deceptively simple sport." --John Hanc, Contributing Editor, Runner's World

"Become stronger, faster, and smarter on the road, track, or cross country course. This book is a must-have if you are looking to take your running to the next level." --Todd Williams, Two-Time Olympian, 15,000-meter U.S. record holder

About the Author

Joe Puleo is the head men’s and women’s cross-country and track and field coach at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. He is also the head running for the U.S. Marine Corps Global Running Program. His responsibilities as lead instructor include coaching the United States Marine Corps global running program.

His previous 20 years of experience include coaching multiple high school state champions in track and field; NCAA Division III All-Americans in the 100-meter, the 800-meter (indoor and outdoor), and cross-country; male and female winners at the prestigious Penn Relays and NYRRC Marathon Tune-Up races; the 2008 USAT amateur duathlete of the year; and an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon. Puleo has also coached three World Championship teams for the United States Armed Forces, two marathon teams, and a cross-country team.

Formerly a nationally ranked age-group triathlete, Puleo has competed in over 100 multisport events and over 300 cross-country, track, and road races since 1985. Puleo lives in Phoenixville and Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Lyndi, and their three children.

Patrick Milroy has been the chief medical officer for the Road Runners Club in Great Britain since 1998. From 1991 to 2007, he was a medical advisor and contributor to Runner’s World Magazine and for 10 years before was similarly involved with its precursors Jogging Magazine and Running Magazine. While working in general medical practice, Dr. Milroy was chief medical officer and sole medical practitioner for the North Cheshire Sports Injuries Clinic from 1984 to 2002.

Dr. Milroy has received the award of fellow twice from the Institute of Sports Medicine in 1999 and from the UK Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2006. He has served as a medical officer for many athletic events, including the World Half Marathon Championships, Commonwealth Games, Team England Commonwealth Games (four times), British Athletics Federation, and Great Britain team at the World Junior Championships (three times) and European Junior Championships (two times).

Dr. Milroy is the author of Sports Injuries, coauthor of the AAA Runner’s Guide, and author of numerous other articles on sport and exercise topics for journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is also an accomplished runner as winner of the World Medical Games 5000 meters and half marathon in 1980, 1982, and 1984 and winner of the European Medical Games 20K, 5K, and 1500 meters in 1983. His personal best in the marathon is 2 hours 26 minutes.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736082301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736082303
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Ng on February 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a book that strives to give the runner an understanding of human anatomy and the mechanics of running. The authors have linked the two in such a way that the reader gains a true knowledge and appreciation of the timing and intricacies involved in something that seems so outwardly simplistic, yet is anything but.

Examples of just how thorough a book this is are found in Chapters 4 and 11. These two chapters discuss how outside influences in the running cycle (shoe mechanics, uneven ground reactive forces, differences in terrain, etc...) have a direct effect on the biomechanics of running. Providing an in-depth explanation of the internal and external mechanics of the running cycle. At the same time, like the rest of the book, these chapters are written in a way that is both very easy to understand and absorb.

Together with wonderful illustrations and thorough easy to understand descriptions, both Joe Puleo and Dr. Milroy have provided a great tool in helping the running enthusiast to improve his or her overall performance, fitness, and prevention of injury. Whilst at the same time gaining a better appreciation of the human body's form and function.

I highly recommend this book to any person who loves running. Whether it be novice or pro, short track to ultra distance, you will truly never look at this great sport/lifestyle again in the same way.

Dr. Gregory Ng
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By suej on January 6, 2010
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This is a terrific resource depicting the connection between muscles and running. The illustrations are fantastic and have really helped my understanding of the whys and hows between the gym and the road. Will be a great asset to my training!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Seeley on February 26, 2010
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This is a great book. If you want to understand *why* you are supposed to do various strengthening exercises and be able to make intelligent choices about which exercises would be most beneficial for you, you want this book. There is a lot of information on every page, but the organization and quality of the information make the information easy to process. Each exercise gets a page or two, with beautiful anatomical drawings and concise text describing how to do the exercise, the muscles involved, and the specific running benefits.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike J on January 1, 2011
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This book is a gem. Style easy to understand, lot of details, great illustrations, this book offers a complete information what to do (and what to avoid) as a runner.
The introduction allows the runner to understand how his/her body functions and which parts are involved in the movement. After reading this book I understand the importance of developing the upper body because now I know the benefits of correct running form and how to maintain it.

I found particularly useful the part with weight exercises to strengthen the upper and lower body, and was surprised (but now I understand the principle) with some exercises that stipulated a greater number of repetitions with low weight. For example, when strengthening the upper arm, long distance runners should avoid muscle gain and rather work on the muscle endurance because during the training and race, these muscles are solicited to help the legs to propel the runner forward. Added muscular mass would only be an added weight to carry for endurance runners. However, this would be OK for sprinters because these muscles would help them to run faster and for short distances it would not be a handicap.

Each exercise is described with a lot of details (which group of muscles it covers, how many repetitions, how to securely do the exercise, etc.) and the illustrations are in color and extremely well done. Each of them shows the muscles involved in exercises, starting and ending position, movement, variations, etc.

Another interesting part is the one with plyometric exercises - the one that help to develop power of running specific muscle groups thus improving the performance.

I would recommend this book to serious runners because of the information that allows them to know better their body and to improve their running.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Crisford on November 9, 2010
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I was a little unsure what to expect from this book but must admit it's become a regular 'tool' for my training. For the past few years I feel like I'm constantly 'rehabbing' from various minor but annoying injuries. This book has helped me understand more clearly how things work and affect one another when not working properly.

Great tool for identifying the various area's that runners need to focus on and how to build the strength to achieve a powerful runner's stride.

Love it - highly recommended
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pellerine on November 9, 2010
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Think it is a great book for a runner - especially fitness runners that are interested in lifestyles that include a mix of cross training: the emphasis in this book will be strength training for running. There is a wide range of exercises presented with rationale for each. More experienced runners will have their ways established so may not get a lot of "new" from this, but from my experience more advanced athletes are more advanced because they have a keen interest in what they are doing, thus; the book is also a good read for pure interest sake.

Sometimes when I want a variation for a workout I flip through the pages just for ideas - I think it should be on the runners bookshelf - but not before books like Jeff Galloway's books or Tim Noak's.

Again - if you are purely a gym runner (non-event participant) this book may be best for you.
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