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Simple Marathon Training: The Right Training For Busy Adults With Hectic Lives Paperback – November 1, 2016
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About the Author
Jay Johnson has coached collegiate, professional and adult runners for more than fifteen years. Jay has also coached three US champions (cross country, indoor track and road racing) and has helped dozens of adult runners PR over distances from 1 to 100 miles. Jay earned his Masters of Science in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado, a degree he started working on while running on the varsity cross country team which is chronicled in the book Running with the Buffaloes.
Jay is the host of the Run Faster Podcast and his blog, CoachJayJohnson.com, is a resource for runners across the world. Jay has written for brands such as Nike, sites such as Active.com, multiple magazines and has been quoted in a variety of publications, including Wired, Outside and Runner's World.
In addition to his passion for running, Jay also has a passion for his students and clients. He's dedicated to helping people achieve their running and fitness goals.
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* The principles that his training plan is based on - there are "8 ingredients plus 1" including the long run, strength and mobility work (something I added as soon as I read the book), and doing strides during easy workouts
* The rhythm of the week and a full 20 week schedule which explains the purpose of each run. Jay lays out the training to a weekly cadence and the 20 week plan for marathon is broken into 4 week cycles. The purpose of each workout and recovery day is discussed which explains the reasoning behind the plan - the explains both the what and the why and is extremely valuable (and provides motivation for each and every workout)
* Race Day and Recovery to make sure you nail your goal on race day and then recover properly
* A valuable Q&A for what to do when "life happens" and your training is impacted (sickness, you miss a day, work gets crazy, etc - this covers the sub-title of "The right Training for Busy Adults with Hectic Lives"
* Geek-out sections at the back of the book that cover the science and psychology in more detail. As a running geek, I really loved this section - especially the pieces "You do Hard Things" by Cindy Kuzma, "The latest Sleep Science" by Carwyn Sharp, "The Growth Mindset" by Travis Macy and "Concurrent Strength and Endurance Training" by Carwyn Sharp).
This is a book with great training plans, excellent and practical advice, and an articulation of key principles that I have not seen all packed together in one book. As if that was not enough, the quotes are the start of each chapter are probably worth the price of the book on their own.
My Thanks to Jay for putting together such a great book that I know I will use and come back to often! I recommend this book highly for all distance runners
Note: I have not run a marathon and my focus is on the half-marathon for 2017. That said, the principles and overall plan in the book give me the framework to put together what I need for a great running year in 2017.
Note 2: Teaser - Jay has a great mantra that you can use in all areas of your life where you want to improve!
The title "Simple Marathon Training" may be a bit deceiving. It is simple to understand and implement, but this is, by no means, and easy marathon plan. While you may not run as much mileage as you would in one of the higher mileage Pfitzinger plans, the overall volume of this plan (based on time on your feet and including the cross-training session) is greater than the average recreational marathon training plan. But with the overwhelming majority of the runs at an easy pace, it should help prevent the injuries that can often derail runners.
The other aspect of the plan that Johnson emphasizes as a "must do" is a daily lunge matrix and leg swing program (5 minutes) prior to each run, and a daily strength and mobility routine after each run (approximately 10 to 15 minutes). Details for how to perform these routines are available on his website.
I plan on using the Simple Marathon Training Plan for a fall marathon this year, but I have started incorporating the lunges and strength and mobility work into my daily routine as I prepare for a half marathon in March, and I can already see a difference in how I feel during and after my runs. I have known for a long time that I need to do more strength work (for "masters" runners like myself, I think this is critical), but I always seem to forego it due to time constraints. Johnson's book makes the routines so easy to do and because all of the daily runs (other than the long run) are based on time rather than distance, it is easy for the busy adult to carve out enough time for both the run and the strength work.
As I said earlier, I haven't used Johnson's plan yet, but I think it has all the elements of a great marathon training plan for someone who is serious about running their best, but who has other commitments besides running.
The book is outstanding because it truly addresses the issue of wanting to run a marathon while living a busy, active lifestyle. The SMT (Simple Marathon Training) plan is a straight-forward system which will insure that a person can succeed at both running a marathon and living life!
I especially like the way the book is organized which makes the SMT plan very easy to follow. Being a concrete-sequential person myself, this style of writing and organization appeals to me. The motivational quotes are a nice touch to the overall message of the book.
You can tell that Coach Johnson is passionate about running and encouraging others to be successful in meeting their running goals.