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Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon: How to Be Your Own Best Coach Paperback – July 29, 2008
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Working with Brad for the past three years has helped me get much stronger, allowing me to make it to the next level. Thanks to Brad’s training I can now compete with the best in the world every time I race.” —Dathan Ritzenhein, two-time Olympian
“Brad’s training has elevated my running to heights I daydreamed about as a high school kid. Not only is his training innovative, he’s a phenomenal motivator.” —James Carney, 2008 U.S.A. Half-Marathon Champion
“Brad understands the entire training package and all its components better than any coach I’ve worked with, athletically or professionally. Reading this book can help take you to the next level and keep pushing you up as far and fast as you want to go.” —Sarah Toland, former NCAA All-American, U.S.A. National Cross-Country Team member, and Olympic Trials qualifier for the 5,000 and 10,000
“Brad Hudson’s years of personal elite training experience, combined with his wide spectrum of training influences, has catapulted him into a class of American coaching that has typically consisted of archaic, iron-fisted coaching systems. He has the ability and openmindedness to return U.S. distance running to prominence.” —Casey Burchill, 28-minute 10K runner
About the Author
is the founder and coach of the Performance Training Group, a team of elite runners. He lives in Eugene, Oregon. MATT FITZGERALD has written many training guides for triathletes. He is a senior editor for Triathlete magazine and lives in San Diego, California.
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Definitely not a book for beginners or those without much running experience... but for advanced runners & competitive athletes, this is a smorgasbord of knowledge & hard-won wisdom for building a running program to make you FAST. In regard to the latter audience, I give this book my highest recommendations!
- It specifies a given set of concerns to consider when planning a run, such as your current mileage, what you struggle with, and what workouts or approach can help address your weaknesses.
- It points out several keys to successful progress (speedwork, neuromuscular strength, aerobic endurance) and emphasizes building a plan that will improve all of the above.
- If you read it cover to cover you'll definitely have a good framework for building your own training plans, and training plans for others.
- If all else fails and you just want a plan to follow, this book has several, and it explains in detail the logic of why they (and other solid training plans) set up the way they are.
- While they permit you to vary the mileage and number of days per week, they insist on a particular timing and order of exercises, such as always doing a long run followed by hill work followed by tempo work, then two easy days before tempo work. They insist that this is the best approach and should usually be followed in this order, which doesn't lend itself to adapting to a given runner's schedule needs, especially if they run with a group that does certain runs on certain days of the week.
- They plot runs by flat distance and give little consideration to a runner's pace or their current endurance.
- The also rely on very general terms like 'easy run' and 'moderate pace'. That can mean a wide variety of things, and if a runner has issues with how they approach the pacing or intensity of these runs, this will not address that.
- It's heavy on self promotion, featuring multiple "look at how awesome of a coach I am" stories about runners Hudson has coached. It doesn't help that one story is about a runner who quickly quit on him because he wasn't meeting her needs, as well as focusing on stories of runners early in their careers... meaning we don't really know if each given runner is a success story or not.
There are some issues, but in all it's not a bad book. If you have aspirations of being a coach, this template approach is actually very helpful, whether or not you follow Hudson's guidelines for mileage, training phases or exercise schedule. If you're an individual runner looking to improve, this is probably helpful only if you want to learn to build your own reliable training plan, and again it's best to take or leave some of the stated general guidelines depending on your needs. If you're just looking for a training plan, there's probably a number of other resources that could serve you better, but this isn't bad.
This is my fifth book on endurance/marathon running but in retrospect this should have been my first. This is a book of explanation. Every training cycle has a meaning which is explained. The approach of the book is applied on all popular distances from 5K to a marathon. It also provides modifications of the training plans based on runner's level. I would certainly return and read it again when preparing for my second marathon!
This book is slightly confusing for someone like me that doesn't understand the lingo completely, but he gets to the point. Change it up, hit your hills, and LISTEN to your body in HOW you think you should train TODAY. He also has awesome training guides for pretty much any race you are training for. Really good guidlines. He recommends running EVERY day. BUT, his plans vary, depending on your time level...from 4 days a week to 7.
The ONLY thing I did NOT agree with was his statement that all his runners DID NOT lift weights. AND he didn't recommend it. WHAT?! I guess if you are an elite runner and that is ALL you care about...but in the real world, I care about my muscle tone! So, despite his thoughts on the subject, I still lifted at least twice a week, plus core work and flexiblity training.
But he does say to listen to your body and train in a way that you become your own coach. So, I guess I didn't go too far from his coaching.
If you are looking for something to motivate you to run faster and train harder, buy this book. I bought it on kindle and wish I had the book cuz the charts are really hard to read, but sometimes it is just hard to wait for that one thing you know is going to get you going....NOW!!!