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The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing Paperback – September 22, 2010
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"Dr. Maffetone shares his lifetime of experience in helping athletes of all abilities become better." ----Dr. Tim Noakes, author of "Lore of Running"
"If you don't read Phil Maffetone, you're turning your back on one of the most powerful, probing minds in endurance sports. The brilliance of Maffetone's work is his re-discovery of the ancient understanding that the human engine doesn't need to be fueled on suffering, and that pain is only the penalty you pay for back-burnering your brain. The best advice you could give any athlete, no matter what their level, is to read Maffetone and start over." ----Christopher McDougall, author of "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe"
"In the over-populated world of fitness and health books, what does this new one have to offer? The first thing that springs to mind is authority. Methodology is another element that sets the book apart. Because of its tailor-made approach, the book is good for beginners and for those who've read and seen it all, but who are still not performing their best." --Lava Magazine
About the Author
Dr. Philip Maffetone is an internationally recognized researcher, educator, clinician, and author in the field of nutrition, exercise and sports medicine, stress management, and biofeedback. He was named “Coach of the Year” by Triathlete Magazine and honored by Inside Triathlon magazine as one of the top twenty most influential people in endurance sports worldwide. He is the author of more than a dozen books on sports, fitness, and health.
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Enter heart-rate training. The premise is to run in a zone where you are burning fat. At any given time, you may only have about 2500 calories of glucose in your muscles and liver. If you run out, that is likely the end of your race. But even a slender person has over 100,000 calories of fat available. Heart-rate training allows you to conserve carbohydrate and burn the fat.
My first run with a monitor was an easy 6-mile. I had gone no more than 50 yards when my monitor was beeping - my heart-rate was already too high! I found I was working WAY to hard and zipping right by the aerobic zone into being anaerobic, burning sugar. The funny thing is, when I finally tweaked my speed down to where I could jog for extended periods, my first thought was "This is easy - I could run forever at this pace!" Which, of course, is the whole idea :)
So why not 5 stars? I don't love the diet. Now, that is not to say it doesn't work. I stuck with it for a week...but as a semi-vegetarian I just got mightily tired of not getting to have stuff like sweet potatoes, rice, etc. To be fair, the initial diet is meant only to be a 2-week test so perhaps this is an unfair assessment. But training with the heart-rate monitor is something I am completely sold on.
With his methods I've achieve a sub 2:35 marathon in 4 decades and we've even opened a small running and walking store in a small rural community teaching his principles ([...]
We are also trying to transform how the US Air Force approaches fitness and help them achieve success in their annual fitness tests and their demanding jobs. This, of course, involves Maffetone principles.
Mark Cucuzzella MD, Assoc Prof of Family Medicine West Virginia University and Lt Col USAF Reserves
Dr Maffetone touches on many important aspects that are overlooked by 90% of the people (including active/fit people!) such as aerobic vs anaerobic energy, role of carbohydrates, HR as an effective tool, using FAT as a fuel in long races (you heard it right!). Throughout the book, Phil uses examples of how he helped various athletes and non-athletes in improving their personal records and injury prevention just by improving their basics.
The book itself is written in a very simple manner and is an easy read. If you are looking for 10minutes a day/ 3x per week magic workouts/schedules here... prepare to be disappointed. One has to read, digest and apply this information to their workouts and diet. Some of his concepts, might seem unconventional but they work very well. Whether you choose to follow Phil Maffetone's methodology to train for your next race or not, is upto you. But regardless, it provides a wealth of information for any enthusiast in world of endurance sports.