It takes just under 10 seconds to run, but to the winner of Athletics' men's 100 meters goes the accolade of "The Fastest Man on Earth." 100 Metre Men, first published in 1988 as a tie-in to the Thames Television series The Fastest Men on Earth, is reissued in paperback format, fully revised and updated to include the incredible men's 100 meters final at the London 2012 Games when Usain Bolt won his second gold medal. Each chapter discusses not only the race itself, but also the preliminary rounds, dramas, and controversies and includes interviews with all the key players, not just the champion. Immaculately researched and written in an entertaining style, 100 Metre Men brings to life some of the greatest athletes who ever set foot on a running track.
In 2007, after collapsing on a practice field at the Nike campus, champion marathoner Alberto Salazar's heart stopped beating for 14 minutes. Over the crucial moments that followed, rescuers administered CPR to feed oxygen to his brain and EMTs shocked his heart eight times with defibrillator paddles. He was clinically dead. But miraculously, Salazar was back at the Nike campus coaching his runners just nine days later.Salazar had faced death before, but he survived that and numerous other harrowing episodes thanks to his raw physical talent, maniacal training habits, and sheer will, as well as--he strongly believes--divine grace. In 14 Minutes, Salazar chronicles in spellbinding detail how a shy, skinny Cuban-American kid from the suburbs of Boston was transformed into the greatest marathon runner of his era. For the first time, he reveals his tempestuous relationship with his father, a former ally of Fidel Castro; his early running life in high school with the Greater Boston Track Club; his unhealthy obsession to train through pain; the dramatic wins in New York, Boston, and South Africa; and how surviving 14 minutes of death taught him to live again.
Everything in the book, including training schedules, techniques, and tips, is put forth purely in terms of minutes spent running, without any goal paces to worry about, mileage to keep track of, or anything to measure other than time spent out on the roads and trails. The book focuses on how to maximize those thirty critical minutes in order to achieve two primary goals: shedding extra pounds and completing a 5K race.
Author Duncan Larkin, a certified Army Master Fitness Trainer, also covers topics like running for new moms, single-parent training, how to prepare to run your first race, race-day tips, how to train while on business travel, and taking it to the next level, running forty-five and sixty minutes a day (10K and half-marathon schedules). In addition to the running-based guidelines, The 30-Minute Runner also offers nutritional advice and core exercises that complement the thirty-minute runs.
Your essential guide to 50 of the best foot races across the globe.
From iconic half marathons and obstacle races, to prestigious marathons and brutal mountain contests, 50 Races to Run Before You Die presents these epic challenges in all of their mud, sweat and glory.
Including a range of events, from easy to expert, and travelling from Britain's highest peaks to the unforgiving Moroccan desert, this stunningly illustrated book is the essential guide for anyone who wants to test themselves by taking on some of the world's most celebrated and rewarding physical challenges.
With each race tried, tested and finished by the author, the book features first-hand accounts of the challenges, highlights and insider tips on what to expect, plus stunning photography and race graphics, including elevation charts, finisher rates and race-specific facts for each race.
- You'll carry less fatigue from one run to the next
- Your performance will improve in the few high-intensity runs
- Your fitness levels will reach new heights 80/20 Running promotes a message that all runners--as well as cyclists, triathletes, and even weight-loss seekers--can embrace: Get better results by making the majority of your workouts easier.
This revolutionary training method has been embraced by elite runners-with extraordinary results-and now you can do it, too. Respected running and fitness expert Matt Fitzgerald explains how the 80/20 running program-in which you do 80 percent of runs at a lower intensity and just 20 percent at a higher intensity-is the best change runners of all abilities can make to improve their performance. With a thorough examination of the science and research behind this training method, 80/20 Running is a hands-on guide for runners of all levels with training programs for 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon distances. In 80/20 Running, you'll discover how to transform your workouts to avoid burnout. - Runs will become more pleasant and less draining - You'll carry less fatigue from one run to the next - Your performance will improve in the few high-intensity runs - Your fitness levels will reach new heights
- 100 effective exercises for runners of all levels, and those searching for pain relief associated with injuries
- Step-by-step methods for the most effective exercise routines
- Anatomical descriptions of the parts of the body and the muscles being worked
- Photographic representations of each exercise, complemented by detailed illustrations of the primary and secondary muscles
- Explanations that ensure correct techniques and proper safety precautions
- The numbers of repetitions needed depending on fitness levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and the physiological benefits of each exercise
- A quick reference guide to the most beneficial stretches for specific ailments, and more
You'll learn how to Increase your overall sense of well-being, overcome physical ailments, and learn the proper way to stretch your body to get the most out of your running. Runners who want to improve their overall flexibility, feel great, and look great too will want this comprehensive guide.
- Do runners need to stretch?
- What is the best way to run?
- What causes injuries?
- Which shoes are best for running?
- Is running barefoot beneficial?
- And much more
The mobility and stability tests will assess your form, and the corrective exercises, along with step-by-step photos, will improve your core and overall performance, so that you can train and run with confidence, knowing how to avoid injuries
In 2011, marathon, half-marathon and triathlon participation reached all-time highs.
Anatomy of Running follows the format of the successful Anatomy of... series. The books feature full-body anatomy illustrations that reveal the musculature as the body performs a particular exercise. By seeing how the muscles interact and which muscles execute and which support the exercise, the reader gains the greatest understanding of the exercise and its benefits.
Anatomy of Running begins with an introduction to the popular fitness activity:
- Benefits from running
- Warming up, stretching, cooling down
- Equipment (shoes, heart rate monitors, pedometers)
- Surfaces, distances, environment
- Muscles and ligaments used
- Stretches and strengthening
- Common injuries (identification, prevention, treatment, causes)
- Special considerations (age, pregnancy, fitness level, health).
For the greatest benefit from running, it is not enough to head outside or to the gym and do laps. The runner must undertake a variety of strengthening exercises that improve running efficiency, increase its benefits and make gains in speed, distance and stamina.
As well, those starting a running program will find it easier if they have strong muscles to work with from the beginning. Fatigue will be later in coming and discouraging injuries will be rarer, if not entirely prevented.
Anatomy of Running is an expert guide that will be extremely useful for anyone interested in undertaking or improving a running program, training for a distance event, or using running as a complement to another fitness activity. Marathon coaches and running clinics will find the book especially useful.