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The Art of Run Training: Using Sport Psychology & Physiology for Optimal Performance Paperback – August 31, 2015
About the Author
Mike Hamberger has been teaching sport psychology at Marymount University as an adjunct professor since 2009. He lives and works full-time in the Washington, DC area with his private coaching business, DC Running Coach, LLC, founded in 2006 (www.DCRunningCoach.com). Through his coaching, Mike has guided countless amateur runners and triathletes, members of military and law enforcement, as well as high school and collegiate athletes. He has been published twice as lead author in the Journal of Contemporary Athletics and as second author in the World Leisure Journal. He is frequently invited to speak at clinics and has been consulted by numerous publications, including Runner’s World and Competitor magazines, and The Washington Post.
Mike received his Masters degree in Kinesiology (concentration in sport psychology) from the University of Maryland, where he will begin PhD studies in the fall of 2015 in Cognitive Motor Neuroscience. His education, combined with various coaching certifications, provided him the opportunity to be the head track & field coach and strength & conditioning coach at Sidwell Friends School for five years. He earned his B.A. in psychology at Widener University, where he was a 3-sport collegiate athlete, competing in football, rugby and as an All-Conference decathlete. After his undergraduate years, he competed in triathlon/duathlon for ten years, earning All-American honors and representing the USA three times at the amateur World Championships.
He believes that understanding the research in the field of social psychology unlocks the key principles of sport psychology, and that understanding human nature in this way offers much insight into the art of coaching and leadership.
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Top Customer Reviews
For starters, The Art of Run Training delivers is a clear and very practical training blueprint for achieving any running goal, whether breaking 3:00 in a marathon or just running your first 5k. In-depth sections include how to blend strength and flexibility work, speed training, long runs, diet, and rest/recovery into an integrated training program. Ever wondered how, when, and how often to add track work, hills, or even advanced workouts such as Tempo-Long-Tempo or Progression runs into your training? This book has all of the answers.
However, this book is much more than just a 'how to" training guide like so many others. The Art of Run Training also gives the reader a master class in the mental, emotional, and even philosophical issues that anyone who has committed to running goals will immediately recognize. How to deal with an injury or other setback. Why it's ok to really commit to your training during key windows of time, and how to ask for support from your friends and family. When to listen to your inner voice and give yourself a break from training. And when to ignore that inner voice and just train like hell!
Mike's coaching combines the huge credibility of an elite-level performer, the wisdom and knowledge of a serious student of the physiology and science of training, and the balanced approach to life of a zen master. This philosophy comes through on every page of the Art of Run Training. The result is a book that is just as useful for the novice runner and the seasoned competitor alike.