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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (October 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736027947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736027946
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sandrock understands the hard road of distance running because he has run the monsters. What Hemingway was for the bullfight, Rock is for the running race. No one writes about this sport as well." C. Mark WetmoreHead track coachUniversity of Colorado "Mike Sandrock's Running Tough illustrates beautifully that, when it comes to training, there are many roads to Rome. What shines through the pages of diverse workouts and inspirational stories is each athlete's love of the sport, innovative spirit and capacity for hard work. A training treasure for the running enthusiast." Lorraine MollerFour time Olympic Marathoner1992 Olympic Bronze MedallistMasters World Records in 5K and 4 mile, 1995

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“Sandrock understands the hard road of distance running because he has run the monsters. What Hemingway was for the bullfight, Rock is for the running race. No one writes about this sport as well.”

C. Mark Wetmore
Head track coach
University of Colorado

“Mike Sandrock's Running Tough illustrates beautifully that, when it comes to training, there are many roads to Rome. What shines through the pages of diverse workouts and inspirational stories is each athlete's love of the sport, innovative spirit and capacity for hard work. A training treasure for the running enthusiast.”

Lorraine Moller
Four time Olympic Marathoner
1992 Olympic Bronze Medallist
Masters World Records in 5K and 4 mile, 1995


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Nevin on March 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you've ever ran in college, and have forgotten some of the tougher workouts that your coach forced you into, this is probably a great reference text for you. I bought this book after I ran Chicago and qualified for Boston to get myself some new insight on what harder workouts I should try on the indoor track during the winter.

Two of my favorite workouts are Frank Shorter's 800s and Castella's "400s with Fast Float workout," both of which put a new, tougher spin on doing 400s and 800s. I ran the 400m workout a week before a race to get some nice turnover and speed that I could recover by race day. Needless to say, there a great number of workouts in this book that will break up the monotony of regular speed training done on a track.

The edition I purchased had 75 distinct workouts, covering long runs, off-road/cross-country and fartlek training, as well as intervals, hills, and tempo runs. The toughest ones for me were the long run workouts. Can you imagine running 2hrs straight at 10K pace as a workout or 20 miles on hilly terrain, with the second 10 being faster than the first half? For training?! YIKES! Needless to say, some of these are a little excessive for average runners. Still, fun to attempt!

Now, keep in mind these are pro athlete workouts, so EXPECT to have a lot of pro names dropped. The authors spoke with a lot of pro athletes/coaches to get the workouts they used/created; hence the extra background discussion that doesn't necessarily pertain to the workout itself (see Pre's 30-40s 200m workout). I honestly like a little background as to why and how the workout came to be.

For the cost of the book, I think every competitive athlete should purchase this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2002
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I agree, this book is for serious runners, or runners who are ready to get serious. You are not going to improve that PR by doing the same old thing. I am going to integrate these workout's in to my plan. Sandrock states in his book to build a base first,and be true to your self. None of us is Shorter, or Salazar, adapt it for you.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2000
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Mike Sandrock follows up his previous chronicles of stud runners with this well done book. Competitive runners will enjoy the chance to see what others profess to doing for their hard sessions. I thought the book gave me good ideas for new workouts to incorporate in my training (although at a slower pace of course.)
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By Eric Schissler on July 19, 2013
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This is a great book that has all sorts of challenging workouts. I received the item in good shape, in a timely fashion.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Al on January 2, 2005
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I haven't found this book very useful as a training aid. There is certainly some useful information here, but the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Sandrock seems to be more fond of name-dropping than discussing the pros and cons of various training strategies. For instance, should long runs be done at a slow pace (à la Joe "LSD" Henderson), or at a medium/hard pace (Lydiard)? This, and other interesting topics are barely discussed.

Though the book may rather be intended as a source of motivation and inspiration, I found that I had to look hard to find the good bits among all the blah-blah.
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