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Road Racing for Serious Runners: Multispeed Training- 5K to Marathon Paperback – October 26, 1998
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""Grounded in impeccable exercise science, this book nonetheless retains a warm, conversational tone that encourages runners of all levels of ability to keep reading beyond their specific areas of interest. The material is extremely well-organized, with charts, schedules, and checklists guiding the runner in organizing her or his training. Beyond just giving instructions, the book imparts knowledge and wisdom, teaching the performance-oriented runner to think rather than just do.""
""This book provides an excellent, comprehensive look at training for competitive long-distance racing. Coaches and athletes can use this book as an outline to prepare for competitive racing. It helps remove guesswork since it contains information on all variables affecting successful racing-from human physiology to actual nuts and bolts workouts.""
1988 Olympic Trials Marathon Champion
Cross-country and Track Coach, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
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Bill Rodgers Four-time winner, Boston and New York City Marathons
"Extremely well-organized, with charts, schedules, and checklists guiding the runner in organizing her or his training. Beyond just giving instructions, the book imparts knowledge and wisdom, teaching the performance-oriented runner to think rather than just do."
Gordon Bakoulis Editor-in-Chief Running Times
"An excellent, comprehensive look at training for competitive long-distance racing. It helps remove guesswork, since it contains information on all variables affecting successful racingfrom human physiology to actual nuts and bolts workouts."
Mark Conover 1988 Olympic Trials Marathon Champion Cross-country and Track Coach, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0880118180
- ISBN-13 : 978-0880118187
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.46 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Human Kinetics; 1st edition (October 26, 1998)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #801,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you're a runner, at least pick up a used copy (for what, $2-3?) and read the first few chapters. Understanding how to design a VO2max, lactate threshold or endurance workout, and when/why to do one, is the cornerstone of training.
For what it's worth, all my runner buddies use variations of the Pfitz training plan. Some top 80 miles/week, some run closer to 50 (like me), but this is such a sensible and flexible method of training that we're all still comparing apples and apples. No need for a coach, no need for a lab, no need for an HR monitor.
But finally, after a stretch of PWs (personal worsts) races the past year and herky-jerky aimless training, I broke down and bought it about 2 months ago.
One of the best training guides I've ever read/followed! (And I've been a runner for 35+ years.) Here's why:
1. The physiology/sports-science chapters up front are a great mix of information, presented in a very readable/conversational tone. Super approachable stuff that just makes sense as you read. Not over-done, either.
2. The training plans are tailored to fit ANY level of runner, looking to improve at ANY distance from 5K to the marathon -- and at ANY pace. So, even if you're jogging 20mpw and hope to break 34 min. for a 5km, you'll find a great plan to fit your needs.
3. The training approach is similar to my other favorite training book: "Jack Daniels' Running Formuala." So, instead of a day-by-day, 7/days/week strict regiment, it gives you just 3 key workouts/week to focus on. Do them in any order, and however best fits your schedule. Miss one of those workouts? Skip it and don't sweat it, and keep moving on... The key, it explains, is establishing a good pattern over 12- to 15-weeks.
4. Outside those 3 days, it encourages you to do what you like -- and what fits. So, easy running for most folks. Or, maybe cycling, cross-training or something else for others.
5. The flexibility is incredible -- and the progression feels do-able, even for us mere mortals who are less than obsessed with nailing PRs every race!
6. Reading it feels more like being mentored and encouraged by a great and wise old coach -- rather than being forced into a regimented, one-size-fits-all program. (My life outside of running is already regimented and scheduled enough!)
7. It respects the reader's intelligence and self-awareness. So, yeah, it requires a little more thought than following some cookie cutter training plan book. But that's awesome!
Take my word for it: Perhaps the best training book for "citizen" runners, ever. Highly recommended.
This book gives great advice that goes along with the advice that my long time running friends have offered to me.
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Has 3 programs for each race distance based on differing mileage. The plans give 2/3 workouts for each week and then let you fill the rest yourself
Based on this i bought Advanced Marathoning by the same author which has a lot more detail for that distance. They work well together and would recommend both books.
My only gripe, and the reason I give it 4 rather than 5 stars, is that, for some weeks in the training plans specified, it is difficult to see how the specified workouts add up to the total mileage! It seems like they allow for an awful lot of warm up miles.