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If you are looking for how to finish your first 5k, this book isn't for you. The Science of Running is written for those of us looking to maximize our performance, get as close to our limits as possible, and more than anything find out how good we can be, or how good our athletes can be. In The Science of Running, elite coach and exercise physiologist Steve Magness integrates the latest research with the training processes of the world's best runners, to deliver an in depth look at how to maximize your performance.

It is a unique book that conquers both the scientific and practical points of running in two different sections. The first is aimed at identifying what limits running performance from a scientific standpoint. You will take a tour through the inside of the body, learning what causes fatigue, how we produce energy to run, and how the brain functions to hold you back from super-human performance. In section two, we turn to the practical application of this information and focus on the process of training to achieve your goals. You will learn how to develop training plans and to look at training in a completely different way. The Science of Running does not hold back information and is sure to challenge you to become a better athlete, coach, or exercise scientist.

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©2014 Stephen Magness (P)2019 Tantor

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  • alterbreaker21
  • 2020-11-12

Awesome insights

It disspells a lot of training myths, such as the overemphasis runners have on vO2 max. However, the most useful information for me related to how to design training plans. I've always struggled with (and questioned) the typical training phases coaches recommend. Steve reviews and explains how the more modern training approaches are able to balance the different types of physiological adaptations, often at the same. This seems a lot more intuitive for me.

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  • Thomas Paschal
  • 2020-12-07

Love it!

I have listened to this book several times and enjoy it every time! Particularly the sections outlining each race type and how to train for them.

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  • Karl D. Johnson
  • 2020-11-08

Great in depth Running Book

Very thorough book that describes all things running. I especially like the second half which focuses on the training principles as I'm not into research as much as practical application of research. I wish there were more books like this on the subject.