Running Tough PDF
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Imagine training with the best distance runners and running coaches of our time, learning their favorite and most effective workouts, and discovering their hard-earned secrets to success. With Running Tough you'll find yourself running side by side with such world-class runners as Bill Rodgers, Libbie Hickman, Frank Shorter, Arthur Lydiard, Ron Clarke, Emil Zatopek, and Adam Goucher, tasting their unwavering dedication and determination, and viewing firsthand their training runs.
Written by prolific running journalist Michael Sandrock, Running Tough organizes the workouts by training goals to create a user-friendly handbook. This allows you to develop a customized training plan using the most appropriate workouts for training and racing. You'll find chapters dedicated to
- long runs, to help develop aerobic endurance
- off-road training, to build and strengthen the legs;
- fartlek training or the "speedplay," to discover variety;
- interval workouts, to increase speed;
- hill workouts, to build strength and stamina;
- tempo runs, to push anaerobic thresholds;
- recovery fun runs, to heal muscles while emphasizing the enjoyment of the sport; and
- building a program, to prepare for competition.
With Running Tough, you'll have the tools to create enhanced training programs, discover new plateaus in your workout regimes, and meet the challenges of world-class competition. You'll find that whether you're looking for increased strength and endurance, improved aerobic or anaerobic capacity, or just a competitive edge, Running Tough will help you train with more efficiency, more enthusiasm, and more variety.
Chapter 1. Long Runs: Building a Base
Chapter 2. Off-Road Training: Sparing Your Legs
Chapter 3. Fartlek Training: Mixing It Up
Chapter 4. Interval Workouts: The Need for Speed
Chapter 5. Hill Workouts: Building Strength and Stamina
Chapter 6. Tempo Runs: Pushing the Threshold
Chapter 7. Recovery Fun: Rejuvenating With Play
Chapter 8. Building a Program: Preparing for Competition
“Sandrock understands the hard road of distance running because he has run the monsters. What Hemingway was for the bullfight, Rock is for the running race. No one writes about this sport as well.”
C. Mark Wetmore
Head track coach
University of Colorado
“Mike Sandrock's Running Tough illustrates beautifully that, when it comes to training, there are many roads to Rome. What shines through the pages of diverse workouts and inspirational stories is each athlete's love of the sport, innovative spirit and capacity for hard work. A training treasure for the running enthusiast.”
Four time Olympic Marathoner
1992 Olympic Bronze Medallist
Masters World Records in 5K and 4 mile, 1995