Posted by Steve Magness
After talking with friends and looking at all the info I have laying around, I decided to put together a book that will combine looking at the science of running and a practical approach to training serious runners. When I first started coaching I came up with what I called my cheat sheet guide to training, which was a couple page outline of my training philosophy. As my coaching progressed, I'd add on details and go into more depth with each aspect in the training guide. There was no plan in turning it into anything, it's just the best way I learn and analyze. If I outline, expand, and write out my views it makes me take a very critical look at my training viewpoints. Long story short, this couple page training guide turned into a monster of a 40-50pg document, of which I had to create a real "cheat sheet guide" of a page or two to make it practical. The point is, this document makes a terrific outline and foundation for a book on training runners.
On the Scientific side, I've had to write an almost 100pg critical review on everything that impacts running performance for school. This serves as a great basis for the section of the book on the science of running. My goal for this section is take a complete different perspective from most books discussing science and running. Similarly to some of my blog posts (see Fallacy of VO2max or Running Shoes are wrong...) I am going to take a very critical look and try and answer the question "What limits performance" instead of simply detailing the basic science. Essentially, I'll be taking the viewpoint of a runner and coach to the science, instead of taking the exercise Science approach. My hope is to meld the practical and scientific in a way that hasn't been done before.
I must admit that I am new to the whole writing/book publishing stuff, so I'm just beginning to sort through those details (writing a book proposal and query wasn't too fun).
But, my question to the readers is, what do you want? What's in your ideal training book?
This isn't going to be some dumb downed, paint by numbers training book. My aim is for a book for serious runners looking to maximize performance. There is a serious lack of information on training written entirely for serious runners, my hope is to help fill that void.
Lastly, here's an interview I did on tips4running.com. Thanks to David for doing a great job with it.
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