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The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance Paperback – February 17, 2014
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"The Science of Running sets the new standard for training theory and physiological data. Every veteran and beginner distance coach needs to have this on their book shelf."
-Alan Webb American Record Holder-Mile 3:46.91
"For anyone serious about running, The Science of Running offers the latest information and research for optimizing not only your understanding of training but also your performance. If you want to delve deeper into the world of running and training, this book is for you. You will never look at running the same."
-Jackie Areson, 15th at the 2013 World Championships. 15:12 5k
"This is a training book that will be a constant reference for me even though I am no longer coaching endurance athlete's day to day, it will be there because the ideas on training are so sensible and applicable across all the whole spectrum of physical performance. This is the best book on coaching running I have seen in quite sometime."
-Vern Gambetta, Author of "Athletic Development", former director of conditioning for the Chicago White Sox
About the Author
Steve Magness is a coach to some of the top distance runners in the world, having coached numerous athletes to top 15 at the World Championships and Olympic Games. As well as having 6 athletes finish in the Top 10 at World Marathon Majors (New York City, Boston, Chicago Marathon). He currently coaches at the University of Houston. Known widely for his integration of science and practice, Magness has been on the forefront of innovation in sport. He serves as an adjunct professor of Strength and Conditioning at St. Mary's University and has been a featured expert in Runner's World, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The BBC, The Wall Street Journal, and ESPN The Magazine. In addition, his first book, The Science of Running, was published in 2014, and his second book, Peak Performance, is out in June, 2017. In his own running, Magness ran a 4:01 mile in High School. He lives in Houston, Tx.
Additionally, he maintains the popular running website ScienceofRunning.com
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This book is a very thorough and comprehensive review of the physiology and biomechanics regarding running. It is a technical text, best suited for those with at least a bachelor's degree or higher in biology or hard sciences. That said, I've enjoyed reading it, and it has enriched my knowledge base - I feel that I will be a better runner (and a better doctor for runners) as a result.
With that said it is a book that I will study more on the future. His command of the literature and the science cd behind running is very rare and a welcome addition to the all the fluff out there in books, magazines, and the Internet.
This book is for the very serious runner or coach. It is not intended for a casual audience. I'm glad I have it on my shelf but it is in dire need of a good editor.
In college I was very lucky to train with Olympians, high school phenoms, and the blue-collar runner who worked their way up the team. I was always fascinated by how a group that contained so much talent, often only had a handful that reached the top. We all did the same training and some even trained harder, but not everyone improved at the same rates. The Science of Running does a great job of explaining this dilemma.
Why do some countries dominate in particular events. The East-Africans in the marathon, the Jamaicans in sprinting. At the elite level athletes are all working their tails off, but not everyone is responding the same to training. Those that reach their genetic potential have found what works for them. For these athletes if they were under a different "system" of training they might not be at the level they have reached under their current training system. The Science of Running does a great job of explaining this dilemma.
The act of running is so simple. Get a pair of shoes and head out the door. But if it's so simple, why is it so hard to pinpoint what is "successful" training. There are a million ways to approach training and there is no cookie cutter program that is the perfect answer. The Science of Running does a great job of explaining this dilemma.
The Science of Running does a great job of explaining many things and combining it with real life experiences will allow you to be able to take your running or those you coach to a new level.
Fist, it delves headfirst into the scientific concepts of running and basic kinesiology in the sport. Digging deep into the physiological process your body goes through from mile one to mile twenty+ between activating muscle fibers to pulling glycogen from the muscles, the marginal increase of muscle fatigue, etc... A bit of a read for someone uneducated in the subject such as myself, but read at a slower pace, soak in the information and take notes and it becomes less overwhelming.
Second section is the training portion. First going into philosophy, theory and application then helping tailor a periodized training routine based on your own individual needs. It helps put perspective and focus on one's end goals and helps create a system in which you can attain those goals. Not simply by stating "Do X on Monday and Y on Wednesday for Z amount of weeks, invariably", no it goes deeper than that into theory and the application thereof to assist in developing a regimen specific to ones own needs.
This is a great book and I will soon be utilizing it to create a new training regimen and hopefully be on my way to running a full marathon and even ultra's next year (not coming from a couch potato of course).
I have many, many running books, but this one has been a real breath of fresh air, I am delighted with it. The only gripe I would have is it should have been edited to remove typos and improve readability.