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YOU (Only Faster) Paperback – 2013
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YOU (Only Faster) is a departure from the traditional running book as Greg McMillan walks the reader step by step through the process he uses to create his successful customized training plans, teaching you how to tweak a plan based on your own strengths and weaknesses as a runner. Find out the secrets behind Greg's 20 years of success in coaching athletes of all ages and abilities from beginners to Olympians!
"Greg McMillan is one of the best and smartest distance-running coaches in America." - Amby Burfoot, Runner's World Magazine
"I had the privilege of running under Greg's tutelage during our time working with Italian coach, Gabriele Rosa. Greg understands the needs of the athlete and how to prepare for a peak performance on race day. If you're an athlete and want to train smarter and run faster, study his methods. If you're a coach, get your pen and notebook ready, Greg's training philosophy works." - Josh Cox, American Record Holder
"With YOU (Only Faster), Greg McMillan illustrates the sound methods of training endurance runners which has made him one of America's top distance coaches. Every runner and coach who is serious about improvement will benefit from this outstanding book." - Joe Vigil, Olympic Distance Coach
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I would have liked the book more if the sample training plans had been put together better. The daily workouts were not identified within the plans as (1) endurance, (2) high intensity interval, or (3) stamina. In fact, none of the workouts were identified as HIIT. But the biggest problem I had with the plans were the workouts labeled as fartlek (FR). The author specifically defines these workouts as being a type of interval session. When in fact, all other sources on running I'm aware of define fartlek workouts as not being intervals at all, and usually stamina by nature. During interval training the length of the sprint is consistent for the workout, and during fartlek training the length of the sprint varies throughout. When I analyzed the plans I changed all the fartlek workouts listed therein to mostly HIIT (speed &/or hills) and some to stamina (cruise intervals). I also found it a little odd that the training plans did not recognize hill workouts as part of HIIT. I recognize hill workouts as slow cadence HIIT, and speed workouts as fast cadence HIIT.
I also found the book to be a little incomplete. All the sample training plans focused on running. However, I believe the author really should have included some 4-week training plans that involving resistance training and weight training.
I also was disappointed with the author's take on running strides. He seemed to be a fan of whatever-works-for-you is fine. However, I think there is sufficient literature available to make the point clear that running is a skill, and good form and exercise economy play a vital role in performance when it comes to endurance sports: swim, bike, AND RUN. The better the form and exercise economy (compared to ideal form), then the less likely the athlete is to get injured. Also, there was no mention in this book about running cadence and the importance of maintaining a cadence of 180 steps per minute or more.
If you are someone who is age 50 or older, then you will get a lot out of this book regarding the theory about putting together training plans for endurance sports (particularly running). However, ALL the sample plans heavily emphasize endurance workouts, with a nice dose of stamina workouts. The HIIT workouts are not all that prevalent, and the older athlete will not get much benefit from them since all the endurance workouts will tamper down much of the benefits from the HIIT workouts. The older athlete will probably want to add more HIIT workouts, eliminate all but one endurance run a week, and only do stamina runs during the first 6 weeks of an 8-week training plan leading up to a race or endurance event. 4 stars!
I was looking forward to this book by Greg, expecting interesting insights into training plans for marathons. But I haven't found anything new. Advanced Marathoning by Pfitzinger, Pete and Scott Douglas covers all aspects much more thoroughly.
in the kindle version the tables are not readable at all, the publisher should consider that and make a specific kindle version
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Highly recommend for all runners who would like to know why and when tondo the right training.