The sport of running is ever changing, be it the shoes we wear or the goals we set, the training methods we use or the role models we emulate. But there is one constant: For 40 years, Runner's World magazine has been recognized worldwide as the leading authority on running. Now the collective wisdom of the most savvy running writers, coaches, and editors can be found in the Runner's World Complete Book of Running.
Whether you are a beginner or veteran runner, here is advice--both timeless and cutting-edge--guaranteed to maximize your performance and enjoyment. Inside you'll find in-depth coverage of training and racing including:
• A surefire plan to get beginners hooked on running
• 15 surprising foods to boost your running performance
• A proven plan to increase speed by training less
• Tips from triathletes to maximize your training efficiency
• A woman's encyclopedia of running
• The big five running injuries and how to prevent them
• An innovative running plan for weight-loss
• Cross-training exercises that strengthen your core
• How to train for your first half-marathon
• Mental training tips for running a smart marathon
Packed with valuable advice from running's top experts on everything from building strength, speed, and endurance to nutrition and injury prevention, the Runner's World Complete Book of Running is the book you'll turn to again and again to answer all of your running questions.
Writing for committed and/or competitive runners, Burfoot, a Boston Marathon winner and long-time editor of Runner's World magazine, adds his commentary to the advice of other experts and professionals. Topics range from diet and properly fitting shoes to injury prevention and cross-training, many discussed with an eye toward helping readers make it to the finish line of a marathon. Technical terms like lactate threshold and maximum oxygen uptake are used, often in a manner that assumes readers have prior knowledge of the concepts. Speedwork, hill work and the merits of treadmills are examined at length, along with the oft-repeated advice that the body needs rest, especially before a big race. The section titled "The Mental Side of Running" acknowledges the crucial role a runner's state of mind plays in his/her development in the sport; beginners of any sport would find these chapters a good source of motivation. Also included are several articles on women's running. Notable among these is the Q&A forum in which doctors reply to commonly asked questions about how running affects women's physiology. Readers who want to make running a centerpiece of their lives will find here an effective training program for improving speed, efficiency and endurance.