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.

The Basics:

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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Chapter titles:

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
Balancing Act
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:

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
                  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:

What is fatigue? The latest research on looking
at fatigue from a brain centered view.
Why VO2max is the most overrated and
misunderstood concept in both the lab and on the track
Why “zone” training leads to suboptimal
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

How you can help!- Media, Bloggers, or anyone with a following.
In helping spread the word, if you’d like an interview, a guest blog, a sample chapter or anything along those lines. No matter how big or small your blog is, I’d love to help spread the word as we get closer to releasing the book. Contact me 

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    1. wattage on January 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Hello Steve,

      Put my email address in the subscription field, but got an error message:
      "The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled"

      Take care

    2. Albert Harrison on January 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Sweet! I'm looking forward to some quality reading material – particularly your thoughts on "how to properly individualize training for your own unique physiology."

    3. Brady Holmer on January 29, 2014 at 1:56 am

      Can't wait for it! I will no doubt be pre-ordering.

    4. Dodot on January 31, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Hi Steve! I'm looking forward to this book. Will there be digital copies available as well? I do almost all of my reading on a Kindle.

      By the way, does your book have something to say about long-term effects of running on the body, regarding long-term damage on soft tissues, joints, etc.? It would be interesting to see a curated presentation of what empirical studies have actually been saying (and not saying). For some reason I've been seeing a lot of the "running is bad for your joints! never do it!" kind of posts elsewhere.

    5. Dominic on February 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      This news makes me very aroused. I can't wait to replace my binder full of your blog posts organized in my haphazard way with the real deal composed by the source of this information I find so facinating.

    6. Declan McDonnell on February 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Alternate title: It's not about the system, it's about the stimulus: By Steve Magness

    7. Christopher Lee on February 17, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Steve, how can one purchase this book? I am looking forward to reading it.

    8. Rosko on February 18, 2014 at 12:08 am

      Just bought the kindle edition on amazon uk a few days early.

    9. Rosko on February 18, 2014 at 12:13 am

      Just purchased the kindle edition on amazon uk, nice to get it a few days early.

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