- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: VeloPress; 1st ed., edition (May 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934030570
- ISBN-13: 978-1934030578
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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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.
I recommend RUN for anybody running, she or he will attain the best understanding how to gain from pleasure, I did! My Long Slow Distance running is now taking significant less effort at the last 20% of it. The day after I do twice the normal distance of my hilltraining, I NEVER felt better! Thank you Matt for writing RUN.
Sean, "there is no run without a purpose"
You won't find prescriptive training schedules but you will be able to develop, through your own intuition, the best training approach for you. Matt's book helps you do this.
Great book and an excellent read after Brain Training for Runners
Reading Run made me realize that, while I have enjoyed reading many running books, the ones I enjoy most are the stories about people running, not so much the training or coaching books. Run fits the latter category. This book is directed at the serious runner, preferably one who has trained with a coach or a team. Fitzgerald does give a nod to the casual runner at times, but the target audience seems to be the more serious running crowd.
That's not to say a back-of-the-packer like me can't benefit from his teaching. To run by feel, run happy and confident. Fitzgerald gives the example of Dean Karnazes, who loves to run long distances more than just about anyone, running for hours and hours just for fun (as well as to raise money and awareness as he did in his recent coast-to-coast run). Then there's Haile Gebreselassie, who always runs with a smile. Confidence, Fitzgerald writes, comes from experience and training. So, for instance, if my training runs have been at a certain pace, I have more confidence that I can run that pace in a race.
Fitzgerald seems not to be a fan of training plans, those schedules that tell you weeks ahead of time what you'll run on a particular date in preparation for a race. However, unless a runner has a strong foundation from systematic training or coaching, or is one of that fraction of a fraction of a percent of us who is gifted with unusual speed or endurance, the running by feel plan will not get the runner race ready. When we train with a plan or a coach, Fitzgerald would say that every day we need to be willing to alter or even eliminate that day's plan, depending on how we feel.
As a practitioner of minimalist running, I was heartened by Fitzgerald's embrace of minimalism. He did dismiss the various stride training programs out there, like pose running and Chirunning, endorsing a simple change of footwear as a means to change stride:
"The only common running technique flaw that exists at the level of gross motor coordination is that of overstriding, which is cause by the wearing of shoes and is best corrected primarily by addressing footwear, not by learning an entirely new way to run. Indeed, I believe that if all runners ran barefoot, the various running technique systems would not exist. . . . Practicing running barefoot on grass, on sand, and/or on an at-home treadmill will get your neuromuscular system accustomed to making ground contact with a flat foot underneath the body's center of gravity. Wearing the lightest, least cushioned running shoes in which you are comfortable in your everyday training will help you transfer your barefoot running form over to your shod running."
He claims that shifting to minimalist shoes changed his stride from heel strike to mid-foot strike and solved his runner's knee problem. In fact, for running maladies in general, "eschewing pavement in favor of dirt is perhaps the most proven means of reducing injuries by reducing impact."
There's a lot of common sense in his book, and a lot of science. But beginner runners need not apply.