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Avid runners often define their best runs in terms of breaking records and conquering distances, but they intuitively know that this only begins to describe their experiences. Through more than 40 years of training and competing, Joe Henderson has gained an understanding of what really defines the best running experiences and has developed techniques to achieve them.
Henderson-America's premier running writer-has produced perhaps his finest work in Best Runs. He shares his experiences and expertise, offering advice on how you can enhance your running and reap rewards beyond improved running times and race results.
Best Runs contains more than 100 essays that will inform, inspire, and amuse all readers, from fitness runners to hardcore competitors. Each of the book's 25 chapters serves as a valuable lesson in running. You'll find entertaining tales and proven advice on how to
• reduce the time pressures associated with training and racing;
• decrease down-time by listening to your heart and early warning signals;
• follow an optimal running diet;
• reduce your anxiety before races;
• improve long distance running techniques;
• enjoy running into your later years; and
• much, much more.
Running is about much more than going farther and faster. It's about having your best possible experience every time out. Best Runs provides inspiration, insights, and training tips to ensure that you reach your fullest potential. Read it and have your best run yet!
Part I: Best Ways
Chapter 1. Picking the Best Bets
Chapter 2. Training by the Numbers
Chapter 3. Learning How to Walk
Chapter 4. Running Out of Time
Chapter 5. Listening to the Heart
Chapter 6. Finding Shoes That Fit
Chapter 7. Dealing With Down Time
Chapter 8. Heeding the Early Warnings
Chapter 9. Cutting From the Diet
Chapter 10. Adding to the Diet
Part II: Best Days
Chapter 11. Counting Up the Races
Chapter 12. Rerunning the Best Races
Chapter 13. Worrying About the Race
Chapter 14. Racing the Short Distances
Chapter 15. Training Longer and Shorter
Chapter 16. Racing the Long Distances
Chapter 17. Racing at Its Simplest
Chapter 18. Winning Without Beating Anyone
Part III: Best Years
Chapter 19. Gaining Much From Little
Chapter 20. Living Out the Legacy
Chapter 21. Reading, Writing, and Running
Chapter 22. Touring the Finest Places
Chapter 23. Connecting With Other Runners
Chapter 24. Voicing a Few Complaints
Chapter 25. Singing the Sport's Praises
Joe Henderson has made a career of promoting consistency and longevity in running-through his books, his writings in Runner's World, and his talks at races. He has lived that message as both a runner and writer.
Born in Illinois in 1943, he began running in Iowa 14 years later. And three years after that, he started writing about the sport. Henderson, a graduate of Drake University, has run more than 700 races. Their distances range from less than 100 meters to more than 100 kilometers.
In addition to his long-time column in Runner's World, he has written more than a dozen books on running, and he publishes the newsletter Running Commentary. He is a former editor of Runner's World and a onetime staff writer for Track & Field News. The Road Runners Club of America has twice honored him as Journalist of the Year. He also is a member of the RRCA's Hall of Fame.
Henderson runs and writes from his home base in Eugene, Oregon. His wife, Barbara Shaw, is also a published writer.
"By Joe's own definition, this could be his 'best' effort as a writer!" Jerry Lawson Professional Marathoner, 2:09:35 (1997)
"Nobody knows more than Joe or writes about running more clearly. This book includes some of his best writing yet. As you turn the pages, I'm sure you'll find yourself nodding in agreement, thinking, 'Yes, that's just the way I feel, too.'" Amby Burfoot Editor, Runner's World