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Master the Art of Running: Raise Your Performance with the Alexander Technique Paperback – August 4, 2009
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About the Author
Malcolm Balk has taught sell-out Art of Running workshops for the past 15 years, helping thousands improve their running technique. He is a masters’ athlete and former head coach of Concordia University’s track and cross country programs. Malcolm currently teaches in Quebec.
Andrew Shields is Sport and Health Editor of Time Out London magazine and has twice been runner-up in the British Sports Journalism Awards. He works closely with the London Active Partnership, from whom he received a Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Coaching in 2005. A former nationally ranked triple jumper, he now competes in masters’ events.
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I began studying Chi Running, Evolution running, Pose running, Alexander Technique, barefoot running, and several others. It should be noted that all of these have many factors in common, though they all go about it in slightly different ways. I have made significant progress since I have started to adopt these techniques. Less effort, quicker recovery, no injuries, more natural stride, and starting to see quicker times again (times and pace took a back seat while re-learning the basics).
All that said, this book could save someone a lot of time researching and studying all these different options out there. Now I would like to add, if you have the desire and time, it's still worth reading up on all these other techniques. I feel I learned bits and pieces from everything I've read and seen. However, if you are like most, you will appreciate this book, as it does a fantastic job of teaching the common denominators of all these techniques.
I honestly believe ALL runners - escpecially those starting out, should read this book. Even if you just take a few things from it, it's well worth it. There's not a lot of extra material here, so it's not an intimidating read; it's meant for everyone.
Buy the book. Run better and keep away from injuries, for the rest of your life.
I have to disagree with the first reviewer. While the book may not tell the entire story, I did get some very concrete and relevant tips - for instance, remembering to look ahead, and not down (as I had been) while running.
I found this book full of insight on the nuts and bolts of the running process as opposed to most of the other books I've read that take form as a given and instead focus on training regimes. I see it as a primer, a well thought out and very useful one: you can read it cover to cover or just open it and pick up some technical point to practice on your next run. It does mention the like of Haile Gebrselassie, Sebastian Coe and Merlene Ottey as role models but I found this inspiring and their form something to aspire to rather than the glib comment S Hadley alludes to.
One last thing. I bought the book 2 months ago and although my times have not come down noticably, my recovery rate and overall fatigue after a long run has diminished remarkably. I look forward to a largely injury free running future.
I've attempted many of the techniques and found my running to quickly become less enjoyable, more labored and a lot slower. I'm an advanced runner and found only a handful of quotes to be useful. I see almost no purpose at all for a novice runner to read between these covers.