I'm excited to announce that I'll be releasing a book next month. In earnest this project began in 2009 and went on hold for a few years as life got in the way. It's finally time to release my little passion project, an all encompassing book. The idea was to write the training book I always wanted. So, that's what I did.
Title: The Science of Running-How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance
Length: 344 pages of packed content.
Premise: A thorough high level combination Science and training book.
I've read hundreds of books on training, and am always left with a slight dissatisfaction, no matter how good the book is. While, I don't expect my book to be perfect, I like to think it fills a void. It's for the serious runner, coach, and exercise scientist, who is neglected. That doesn't mean the fast runner, but any who wants to understand how to get better. It's a combination book that almost acts as two books in one. The first section is pure up-to date science, with my particular favorite chapter dissecting fatigue. The second half of the book is on training. It's not a simple this is how you train dissection though. Instead it's what I consider to be a philosophical take on training. Meaning that I dissect the process of coaching and training. It's not a paint by numbers book, but instead aims to give you all knowledge necessary to help take your running to the next level. I like to think it offers a new spin on a tired old message.
Quite simply, it's a passion project for me. It's my attempt to assemble and share the best information on both the science of running, but more importantly how to train. It's been a long process of assimilating and then putting into words everything I wanted to get across.
When and Where?
The book will be available February 18th, 2014
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To get a glimpse of what it will look like, here's the chapter titles from the training section of the book.
Chapter 14: The Philosophy of Training
Knowing the Adaptation
Amplifiers and Dampeners of Adaptation
The Goal of Training
Chapter 15: What are we trying to accomplish when training?
Models of Fatigue
General to Specific: A classification system
A different kind of Base: Training intensity interation
Chapter 16: Creating and Manipulating Workouts
Steps for workout design
Choosing the right direction
Chapter 17: Individualizaing Training
The Slow Twitch vs. Fast Twitch model
How fiber type impacts each training workout
Finding your fiber type the easy way
Chapter 18: Defining the Workouts
Chapter 19: Bringing it All Together-Periodization
The big picture- Periodization within a Career
Within Season Periodization
Within days/weeks Periodization
Finalizing the plan
Chapter 20: Training for each event
800m, 1,500m, 5k, 10k, marathon
Chapter 21: Special Workouts and Strength Training
Strength Endurance- The Key to kick development
Creating a MaxLASS at Race Pace
Strength Training for the endurance athlete
Chapter 22: The Biomechanics of Running
Appendix: Workout examples and progressions
Back cover description:
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 in covering such topics as:
· Why VO2max is the most overrated and misunderstood concept in both the lab and on the track
· Why “zone” training leads to suboptimal performance.
· How to properly individualize training for your own unique physiology.
· How to look at the training process in a unique way in terms of stimulus and adaptation.
· Full sample training programs from 800m to the marathon.