Marathons are hard work. They don’t begin at the starting line but in the training that begins many months earlier. They take hours to run, and they end not at the finish line, but with recovery that lasts for weeks.
From personalized workouts to expert running advice, Fitness Running
contains programs from one of America’s most respected coaches. The 13-
to 26-week programs, color coded and customizable, cover every goal,
from staying in shape to preparing for races ranging from 1500 meters to
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Including personalized workouts and expert advice, Fitness Running, Third Edition, contains workouts from one of America’s most respected coaches.
Whether you run for health, competition, or both, Fitness Running includes proven programs to help you achieve your goals. Color coded and customizable, the 13- to 26-week programs cover base building, fitness, and training for short-distance events, half marathons, and marathons. Each workout is prioritized according to your goal, allowing you the flexibility to tailor the training to your schedule.
More than just workouts, this new edition of the best-selling guide includes individualized testing for assessing running health and log pages for recording runs, results, and health information. It includes recommendations for female runners and the latest information on gear and gadgets, cross-training, stretching, and recovery.
Discover what countless runners already have. Fitness Running is the most effective and efficient guide to the best health, times, and finishes of your life. It’s the one training book you’ll use again and again for a lifetime of running workouts.
Part I Before You Run
Chapter 1 Running Health Assessment Chapter 2 Running Gear Chapter 3 Running Form Chapter 4 Challenge and Adaptation Chapter 5 Recovery Chapter 6 Fitness and the Female Runner
Part II Plan Your Program
Chapter 7 Program Setup Chapter 8 Types of Running Workouts Chapter 9 Pre- and Postworkout Routines Chapter 10 Cross-Training Chapter 11 Runner’s Diary
Part III Training Schedules
Chapter 12 Beginning Training Chapter 13 Fitness Training Chapter 14 Short-Race Training Chapter 15 Half-Marathon Training Chapter 16 Marathon Training Chapter 17 Postrace Recovery and Injury Training
About the Author
Richard L. Brown, PhD, is a veteran coach and exercise
physiologist. He has mentored championship runners at all ages, from
high school to masters, and at all levels, from novice runners to
Olympic athletes and world champions.
Brown has served as a personal coach to an impressive list of
world-class athletes, including Shelly Steely, Suzy Favor Hamilton,
Vicki Huber, and Mary Decker Slaney. He is particularly known for
guiding Slaney to her double gold medals at the 1983 Helsinki World
Championships. He is one of few people to have coached athletes in both
the Summer and Winter Olympic Games as well as the Paralympics. He has
coached athletes in six recent Olympic Games and Olympic Trials.
Brown began his career in 1963 as a three-sport coach at Bullis
Preparatory School in Maryland. He continued at the United States Naval
Academy, at Mt. Blue High School in Maine, and then with the Athletics
West track team as a director and exercise physiologist. In 1983, Brown
was head coach of the U.S. World Championship cross country team, and he
has been coaching independently ever since. He has been recognized by
USA Track and Field as a master coach.
Brown earned his doctorate in exercise and movement sciences from the
University of Oregon in 1992. In addition to serving as lead author of
two previous editions of Fitness Running, he has been published in
multiple peer-reviewed journals on health and fitness. He is in demand
as a speaker and clinician on issues related to running and fitness.
In 2001, Brown founded the Eugene Health and Performance Foundation to
promote fitness and running performance internationally. He continues to
be associated with that foundation while living in Eugene, Oregon.
"Fitness Running will help you put your vision into
place, plan your strategy for success, enjoy the process, and have fun.”
Gabe Jennings-- 1500-Meter U.S. Olympic Trials Champion, 2000