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RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel Paperback – May 24, 2010
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"In his latest book, Matt Fitzgerald successfully explains the mind-body method of running. While this concept can be difficult to understand, Fitzgerald describes it in a way that will speak to beginners and elite runners alike. Anyone trying to improve and realize their true running potential should read RUN." - Kara Goucher, 2008 Olympian and World Championship medalist
"The elements and philosophy laid out in RUN were fundamental and played an essential role in my overall success throughout my career as a self-coached athlete. The ability to run by feel is a learned skill and without the capacity to self assess and adjust your training intuitively, you will inevitably fall short of your potential." - Alan Culpepper, 2000 & 2004 U.S. Olympian, sub 4-minute miler, sub 2:10 marathoner
"ASICS was onto something when it chose its new name, a Latin abbreviation for 'a sound mind in a sound body.' This philosophy is the key to unlocking all the potential we hold. From my first race in junior high gym class to competing in the 2008 Olympic Marathon, I have found that the stronger my mind and spirit are, the further I am able to push myself. Any runner interested in maximizing potential must study the mind-body connection or their journey will not be complete." - Ryan Hall, 2008 Olympian and two-time American record holder
"The coach knows what to do, the scientist tells us why. Fitzgerald's RUN artfully and responsibly blends scientifically grounded supportive research and convincing anecdotal evidence into a message that those of us who take running seriously must heed. Now the U.S. can learn the true secrets of the great African runners: That voice in your head that says, 'Too much, too little, too hard, too easy', despite what the device on your wrist says, is probably right!" - Bobby McGee, elite running coach and author of Magical Running and Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes
"RUN is full of information that will help all runners start training by feel. Once you learn to trust your instincts in training, your injuries will decrease and your personal records will fall." - Amy Yoder Begley, 2008 Olympian and four-time U.S. national champion
"As a long-time proponent of effort-based training, I highly recommend RUN. The reader will learn the most important concept in all of training--how to connect effort with pace. Using the techniques and ideas in this book, runners can expect more consistent training and racing results without the worry of external feedback from devices like GPS and heart rate monitors. I use effort-based training with the beginning runners, middle of the packers, and Olympians I coach and recommend all runners learn this valuable technique." - Greg McMillan, M.S., McMillanRunning.com online coach
"After years of searching science journals for secret workouts and fitness techniques, Matt Fitzgerald has decided that the brain is the ultimate training tool. In this insightful and evidence-based book, he challenges us to achieve our potential by enjoying every run and race, even as we accept the pain." - Amby Burfoot, Editor at Large, Runner's World; 1968 Boston Marathon winner
"Hey, maybe that voice in your head isn't you going bonkers from too much training. Maybe it's your brain trying to tell you something. Whether you're a newbie or a master runner, if you want to improve your running, learn more about yourself and your body, and possibly maximize your running potential, I highly recommend you pick up a copy and read Run." - Runner Dude's Blog
"If you're looking to get to your peak performance weight or explore the mind-body connection of running, writer Matt Fitzgerald has some advice for you. Through his numerous books published by VeloPress, Fitzgerald, an expert in endurance training and nutrition, explores a wide range of topics and cutting-edge developments from the world of running and endurance sports." - ESPN.com
"Run doesn't aspire to convert the masses, yet Fitzgerald skillfully urges everyone to hear his philosophy and put a little thought into the way we approach training. Those runners who do find merit in Fitzgerald's approach will be rewarded with simplicity and peace of mind." - Liberty Sports magazine
"What does it all mean when you are feeling great or not so good or somewhere in between? RUN takes us back to the commonsense approach of listening to our bodies and using its signals to adapt our training." -IMPACT magazine
"Commit the time to RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel, and you will be handsomely rewarded with a new way of approaching and thinking about your running, training, and racing." - The RUNiverse
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"The coach knows what to do, the scientist tells us why. Fitzgerald's RUN artfully and responsibly blends scientifically grounded supportive research and convincing anecdotal evidence into a message that those of us who take running seriously must heed. Now the U.S. can learn the true secrets of the great African runners: That voice in your head that says, "Too much, too little, too hard, too easy", despite what the device on your wrist says, is probably right!" -- Bobby McGee, renowned running coach and author of Magical Running and Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes
"As a long-time proponent of effort-based training, I highly recommend RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel. The reader will learn the most important concept in all of training--how to connect effort with pace. Using the techniques and ideas in this book, runners can expect more consistent training and racing results without the worry of external feedback from devices like GPS and heart rate monitors. I use effort-based training with the beginning runners, middle of the packers, and Olympians I coach and recommend all runners learn this valuable technique." -- Greg McMillan, M.S., McMillanRunning.com online coach
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I have asthma and I refuse to accept it as a factor in my running, though my doctor says each day is different, you have to give it what you have that day and be accepting of it. This book is much the same and it's definately made me a better runner for it.
Great insightful book with a lot of common sense once you understand the mind/body connection to running. Thanks Matt! Will buy two more copies for my running friends.
This book is not geared for a brand new runner. Someone who has been running and is just getting into racing can benefit from this book, but not someone just starting running. If you are just starting to run, try one of the more structured beginning plans first. Then when you learn how your body reacts to running give this book a read. There is some prior knowledge that the author assumes you have about training and running that you will need to successfully read through this book.
The strength of this book is the meticulous way Fitzgerald explores how the mind-body method works, the `why' behind it with practical strategies that athletes can use. The science behind this approach includes studies which link athlete thought patterns during athletic performance to results, for example Matt says, "Constantly monitor pace and time in pursuit of workout goals. Doing so will enable your brain to tolerate a greater affective load" (p 112).
Make no mistake the mind-body method does not mean training with `no plan', but quite the opposite. Fitzgerald gives several specific details on types of workouts to incorporate with suggestions for customization based on an athlete's individuality, resulting in a sophisticated training regime. Fitzgerald classifies runners into 4 types, which appear to categorize virtually all runners, for example Type 1 is: Responds to high-intensity training slowly but burns out quickly (one which I fall into unfortunately). The Gift of Injury chapter is another high point in the book. Fitzgerald discusses how to use an injury to examine training practices step-by-step and turn the injury into an opportunity to take running to a new level (p 204).
The one criticism I have of the book is the relentless manner in which Fitzgerald approaches training and workouts that leaves little room for the sheer enjoyment of training. Though he does allude to the need for fun, " Don't ever train so hard that running is no longer fun....balance out the very hard ones, increasing your capacity for both work and suffering" (p 116). Fitzgerald hits home hard the need to maximize every workout, seek constant improvement (even if small) and measure the `suffer' factor, "...ask yourself whether you held back at any point to spare yourself from suffering, If you did vow to do better next time" (p 113).
All in all this book is an excellent resource for experienced endurance athletes, `experienced' meaning athletes who have followed a training plan for at least one endurance event. There is enough `meat' in the book to call it a training guide, and enough depth to provide guidance for runners and triathletes alike. The caveat is that recreational athletes, even experienced ones, need to take Matt's advice with a grain of salt. Personally I don't find suffering fun, and training to suffer on a consistent basis is not my goal, but I do believe that the mind-body method is the optimal method for performing to your potential and reaching your goals whatever those might be.