- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Origin Press; 1 edition (February 17, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615942946
- ISBN-13: 978-0615942940
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 112 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I hadn't seen his breakdown of athletes by muscle fiber type before and this section is very interesting because it explains how to adapt training plans and workouts based on whether a runner has predominately fast twitch or slow twitch muscle fiber for their event. This would help explain why, besides other genetic variations, different athletes respond to the same workouts differently. He definitely is not a fan of cooking cutter training plans and really gets into adapting training for the individual athlete.
He's also doesn't seem to be a fan of zone training and advises to through it out of the window. His classification of workout paces makes a lot of sense and has been proven effective by coaches such as Renato Canova. Also his explanation of funnel training was new to me and varies quite a bit compared to Lydiard type training.
So the fly in the ointment is the plethora of misspellings and grammatical errors and is the reason for not giving it 5 stars. They book just needs a good editor to go through it and help fix those basic errors and perhaps to refine the organization of the content and make it read better. The book is still quite readable, but it's been a long, long time since I've seen these kind of problems in the age of word processors.
It is intended for elite runners and their coaches, but this book can still be useful for individuals with a background in science and/or training theories based on physiological data (heart rate training, vO2max, etc.) who can glean the principles Mr. Magness is getting at. For me, the author's holistic perspective on running is really useful to help take a step back and gain more awareness that I might be giving more attention to fancy gizmos, or supposed markers of fitness, than what my body is saying.
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.
This is by far the most valuable running book I have ever bought!