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How to Race the Mile: Learning Effective Tactics from Great Runners and Races Paperback – March 5, 2015
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About the Author
Jeff Hollobaugh has been an athletics journalist for nearly three decades, and has a particular fascination with racing: the art of what happens between the firing of the gun and the finish. In the past, his writing has appeared in Track & Field News (he is a past managing editor), as well as ESPN.com and Michigan Runner. He has covered six Olympic Games and eleven IAAF World Championships. He is the editor of Michtrack.org, a non-profit site that promotes high school track & cross country in Michigan. Much of his recent writing can be found at Mercury-Chronicle.com.
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This book is hard to put down. Hollobaugh gives tactic-by-tactic accounts of many actual races, in order to provide lessons about how a runner can compete at The Mile. It provides specific suggestions about competing and tactics. And those lessons and suggestions come from one of the sport's best known journalists and historians. Hollobaugh has covered six Olympic Games and ten IAAF world championships, in addition to numerous Olympic trials and other national and international meets. He has been a writer for Track & Field News, Detroit Free Press, The Michigan Runner, The Mercury Chronicle, and many other publications. He has a virtually encyclopedic knowledge of the sport. And his expertise has given him first-hand knowledge of some of the best miles and milers ever for this book, some of whom are truly -- wait for it -- legendary.
If you're interested in The Mile, as a runner, coach, or running enthusiast, I think you'll really enjoy this book.