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See what it takes to maximize running strength, speed, and endurance! Running Anatomy will show you how to improve your performance by increasing muscular strength, optimizing the efficiency of your running motion, and minimizing your risk for injury.
Running Anatomy features 50 of the most effective strength exercises for runners, each with clear, step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the muscles in action. But you’ll find much more than exercises—you’ll also see their results.
Running Anatomy places you in the action, fundamentally linking each exercise to running performance. You’ll see how to strengthen muscles, reduce injury, and improve gait efficiency for faster times and more fluid runs.
Running Anatomy will prepare you for any challenge that comes your way. You’ll find exercises for varying terrains and speeds, from hill running to off-road running and from sprints to marathons. Plus you’ll learn how to evaluate and rehabilitate the most common injuries that runners face, including lower-back pain, knee aches and strains, and torn muscles and tendons.
Whether you’re a fitness runner looking to conquer hills with more speed or strength or a competitive runner looking for that extra bit of performance and a finishing kick, Running Anatomy will ensure that you’re ready to deliver your personal best.
Chapter 1: The Evolution of the Human Runner
Chapter 2: Cardiovascular and Cardiorespiratory Components
Chapter 3: The Runner in Motion
Chapter 4: Adaptations for Speed and Terrain
Chapter 5: Upper Torso
Chapter 6: Arms and Shoulders
Chapter 7: Core
Chapter 8: Upper Legs
Chapter 9: Lower Legs and Feet
Chapter 10: Common Running Injuries
Chapter 11: Anatomy of Running Footwear
Chapter 12: Full-Body Conditioning
Joe Puleo is the head men’s and women’s cross-country and track
and field coach at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. He is also
the head running coach for Cadence Cycling and MultiSport Center, a
premiere training center in Philadelphia featured in the New York
Times, Outside, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Shape, GQ, and
Triathlete Magazine. His responsibilities as lead instructor include
coaching the United States Marine Corps global running program.
His previous 20 years of experience include coaching multiple high
school state champions in track and field; NCAA Division III
All-Americans in the 100-meter, the 800-meter (indoor and outdoor), and
cross-country; male and female winners at the prestigious Penn Relays
and NYRRC Marathon Tune-Up races; the 2008 USAT amateur duathlete of the
year; and an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon. Puleo has also
coached three World Championship teams for the United States Armed
Forces, two marathon teams, and a cross-country team.
Formerly a nationally ranked age-group triathlete, Puleo has competed in
over 100 multisport events and over 300 cross-country, track, and road
races since 1985. Puleo lives in Phoenixville and Mt. Gretna,
Pennsylvania, with his wife, Lyndi, and their three children.
Patrick Milroy has been the chief medical officer for the Road
Runners Club in Great Britain since 1998. From 1991 to 2007, he was a
medical advisor and contributor to Runner’s World Magazine
and for 10 years before was similarly involved with its precursors Jogging
Magazine and Running Magazine. While working in general
medical practice, Dr. Milroy was chief medical officer and sole medical
practitioner for the North Cheshire Sports Injuries Clinic from 1984 to
Dr. Milroy has received the award of fellow twice from the Institute of
Sports Medicine in 1999 and from the UK Faculty of Sport and Exercise
Medicine in 2006. He has served as a medical officer for many athletic
events, including the World Half Marathon Championships, Commonwealth
Games, Team England Commonwealth Games (four times), British Athletics
Federation, and Great Britain team at the World Junior Championships
(three times) and European Junior Championships (two times).
Dr. Milroy is the author of Sports Injuries, coauthor of the AAA
Runner’s Guide, and author of numerous other articles on sport
and exercise topics for journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is also
an accomplished runner as winner of the World Medical Games 5000 meters
and half marathon in 1980, 1982, and 1984 and winner of the European
Medical Games 20K, 5K, and 1500 meters in 1983. His personal best in the
marathon is 2 hours 26 minutes.
"Well written and informative, Running Anatomy offers
readers an inside look at what it means to be a runner and how to get to
the next level."
Dr. Neil Liebman Team Chiropractor Philadelphia 76ers
“Aided by wonderful illustrations, Dr. Patrick Milroy and coach Joe
Puleo provide fascinating insights into the evolution and physiology of
running. They show how improving strength and balance can help you go
faster and further in this deceptively simple sport."
John Hanc, Contributing Editor, Runner's World
"Become stronger, faster, and smarter on the road, track, or cross
country course. This book is a must-have if you are looking to take your
running to the next level."