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If Advanced marathoning is the bible of marathoning, then this book is the thesaurus of running. A great little resource, filled with handy common sense tips and a couple of things you may never have considered
Das Buch beinhaltet viele nützliche Tipps rund um das Thema Laufen. Ich habe darin nichts gefunden, was ich nicht vorher irgendwie schon mal gelesen oder gehört hatte, aber es hilft, sich einige Punkte (mehr Bewegung im Büro) noch mal bewusst zu machen. Wissenschaftlich belegt ist in diesem Buch nichts, aber das sollte auch nicht der Anspruch sein und als Leser darf man ja sowieso immer noch mal reflektieren, ob das Gelesene für einen selbst zutrifft (Kaffeekonsum vor einem Lauf tut es für mich z.B. nicht).
The book is exactly what it claims to be: 101 Simple Ways to be a Better Runner. The secret lies in the fact that simple doesn't mean simplistic. The advice isn't based on academic theory or random suggestions but instead draws from years of experience from Jason Fitzgerald (Fitz), a sub-2:40 marathoner. I learned about what Fitz was doing through his StrengthRunning blog after suffering my second ITBand injury in less than a year and was running out of ideas on how to run faster, more consistently and most importantly injury-free.
I'm happy to say that using a number of his core and ITBand exercises and other training-related suggestions, I've accomplished what I couldn't through months of physical theory and painful running. I've been back on the run for almost a month without issue and feeling stronger with every passing day.
His website, much like this book, is a treasure-trove of great training advice ranging from diet, training, racing and recovery. Truthfully, having read a ton of his blog posts you probably could find the same information on his website, but that would require tons of time and an impossible task of collecting and condensing it into a usable format. This ebook distills down tons of information into a compact and easy to read resource that I know I refer back to many times. I took another piece of his advice - to read as much as you can about running and become a student of the sport - and can say that this book ranks near the top of my list for must read books. It's well worth the investment.
This is a simple, easy to read little book that has some great tips in it for all types of runners. I would not recommend this book for someone who is just beginning running as their sole resources. It is too general. However, it would be a great supplement to a beginning running book. The tips he suggests seem simple enough to implement for all runners, recreational or professional, experienced or beginner. I like that the tips are based on real life experiences and not just a coach's experiences with coached runners.
In the section about racing and training it would have been great to have seen a sample of a training week that incorporates each of the run types he recommends but instead he just recommends purchasing his coaching services. But there are only a few plugs in there for his coaching services so I guess that is not bad given that it is probably how he makes most of his money.
The nutrition section is great. He seems to be one of the few running gurus that understands that food is not only for nourishment but for enjoyment and he does not make you feel guilty for indulging occasionally and within reason. He even recommends eating ice cream!
All in all a really nice, easy read. This is not a beginners running manual. It is not even a training manual. It is a collection of tips that can be incorporated into an existing program.