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Runner's World The Runner's Body: How the Latest Exercise Science Can Help You Run Stronger, Longer, and Faster Paperback – May 12, 2009
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About the Author
ROSS TUCKER, PHD, serves as scientific editor of Runner's World South Africa, a consultant technical expert with Adidas South Africa, and editor of Health 24, South Africa's largest fitness- and health-related Web site. Tucker, a competitive runner himself, lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
JONATHAN DUGAS, PHD, holds a post-doctoral fellowship with the University of Chicago. He is the cocreator, with his colleague Ross Tucker, of the popular Science of Sport blog. A qualified USA Cycling coach, he lives in Chicago.
MATT FITZGERALD is a prolific health and fitness journalist. He writes regularly for such national publications as Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Runner's World, and Triathlete. With nine books to his credit, he also creates interactive training programs for runners and triathletes and leads clinics at triathlon and running events throughout the U.S. He lives in Northern California.
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The authors are all runners as well as sports scientists of one sort or another.
This is a very good book for anyone who wants to gain an insight into the the science of running. The authors discuss adaptation and issues like VO2 max in a way that is easily understandable. The physiology associated with running is also discussed in an interesting way.
The last chapter looks at ageing and running. However, this last chapter ends rather abruptly. I was surprised that this was the end of the book.
Definitely buy this book if you run and want to know more about the science of running.
I would recommend this to anyone who runs and who wants to understand the mechanisms of running.
without being stuffy or over analytical. In fact the authors write quite often in conversational style. A prime example. and a good case for demonstrating how up the date the book is, is their discussion on minimalist running, running forefoot/mid foot versus the heel. The authors cover the movement such as POSE and Chi and virtually argue among themselves with the conclusion that forefoot/mid foot running isn't for everyone. That in itself is refreshing since there is an argument. Interesting topics include challenging sport drinks and the over indulgence in concerns for dehydration and in fact they describe a condition called hyponatremia where over hydration can actually cause cell damage and possibly death and then there is the over use of NSAIDs (ibuprofen for example) that can inhibit natural healing. And the authors cover the nature and causes of injuries in great, straight forward detail. Others who have read Daniel's book will appreciate the discussion on VO2 max and running efficiency, which is done more simply but is written for a broader audience. The authors do reference studies here and there but leave no footnotes and I can understand some of the frustration, such as the brief comments that carbonated drinks have a negative effect on bone density. I certainly wanted to see references to that study but alas, there is none. But the authors cover an amazing array of subject material in a pleasant readable and informative fashion and for the depth of information, I think the book worthy of 5 stars.
There are other books which deal completely with the theoretical aspect of running like Tim Noake's Lore of running, which is a brilliant book if you are interested in reading about the theoretical aspects of running performance or how the exercise physiology is influenced by various kind of running stresses including weather conditions, hydration status, over-training, the role of brain etc.
The Runner's body however, seems to have a very good blend of both types, where it lays out various issues a runner faces with good scientific rigor, while also providing suggestions to incorporate during a run, the understanding gleaned by the experiments conducted in the lab.
I found their chapters on the the underlying causes of different types of injuries (and how to avoid them), effects of hydration, electrolyte balance, immune system, metabolic system extremely valuable and insightful. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in taking their running to the next level and also to those who are novice and want to avoid the pitfalls that are usually faced by the overzealous newcomers.