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Running Science

Running Science

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    More than 50 years ago, New Zealand’s Arthur Lydiard started using terms like base training, periodization, and peaking. His U.S. counterpart, Bill Bowerman, brought Lydiard’s term for what until then had been called roadwork, or jogging, to the States. Soon after, the 1970s running boom started, spurred by exercise-advocating research from the growing fields of exercise science and sports medicine and from enthusiasts such as Jim Fixx, author of The Complete Book of Running. One of Bowerman’s former runners at the University of Oregon, Phil Knight, saw to it that those millions of new runners had swoosh-adorning footwear designed specifically for their sport.

    The pace of knowledge enhancement and innovation has, in fact, been so brisk through the years that even highly informed runners could be excused for not keeping up, but no longer. Running Science is a one-of-a-kind resource:
    • An easily comprehended repository of running research
    • A wealth of insights distilled from great sport and exercise scientists, coaches, and runners
    • A do-it-right reference for a host of techniques and tactics
    • An array of the most credible and widely used training principles and programs
    • Perhaps most of all, a celebration of the latest science-based know-how of running, now truly the world’s most popular sport
    Elite running coach Owen Anderson presents this comprehensive work in a compelling way for runners. A PhD and coach himself, Anderson has both a great enthusiasm for sharing what scientific studies offer the running community and a keen sense of what’s really important for today’s informed runners to know.

    Table of Contents

    Prologue: The Quest for Knowledge in Running

    Part I Genetics and Running

    Chapter 1 Running’s Nature-Versus-Nurture Debate

    Chapter 2 Genes That Influence Performance

    Chapter 3 Genetic Differences Between Elite and Nonelite Runners

    Part II Biomechanics of Running

    Chapter 4 The Body While Running

    Chapter 5 Refinement in Running Form

    Chapter 6 Running Surfaces, Shoes, and Orthotics

    Part III Physiological Factors in Running Performance

    Chapter 7 Maximal Aerobic Capacity (VO2max)

    Chapter 8 Running Economy

    Chapter 9 Minimum Velocity for Maximal Aerobic Capacity (vVO2max)

    Chapter 10 Velocity at Lactate Threshold

    Chapter 11 Maximal Running Speed

    Chapter 12 Resistance to Fatigue

    Part IV Training Modes and Methods for Runners

    Chapter 13 General Strength Training

    Chapter 14 Running-Specific Strength Training

    Chapter 15 Hill Training

    Chapter 16 Speed Training

    Chapter 17 Cross-Training

    Chapter 18 Altitude Training

    Part V Training Variables and Systems in Running

    Chapter 19 Volume and Frequency

    Chapter 20 Intensity

    Chapter 21 Recovery

    Chapter 22 Periodization and Block Systems

    Chapter 23 Strength Training for Endurance Runners

    Part VI Optimal Training for Specific Conditioning

    Chapter 24 Increasing VO2max

    Chapter 25 Enhancing Economy

    Chapter 26 Gaining vVO2max

    Chapter 27 Upgrading Lactate Threshold

    Chapter 28 Increasing Maximal Running Speed

    Chapter 29 Promoting Resistance to Fatigue

    Part VII Molecular Biological Changes in Running

    Chapter 30 Training Effects at the Molecular Level

    Chapter 31 Training Favoring Molecular Enrichment

    Part VIII Distance-Specific Training

    Chapter 32 Training for 800 Meters

    Chapter 33 Training for 1,500 Meters and the Mile

    Chapter 34 Training for 5Ks

    Chapter 35 Training for 10Ks

    Chapter 36 Training for Half Marathons

    Chapter 37 Training for Marathons

    Chapter 38 Training for Ultramarathons

    Part IX Sports Medicine for Runners

    Chapter 39 Running Injuries and Health Risks

    Chapter 40 Prevention of Running Injuries

    Chapter 41 Health Benefits of Running

    Chapter 42 Health Considerations for Special Running Populations

    Part X Running Nutrition

    Chapter 43 Energy Sources and Fuel Use for Runners

    Chapter 44 Eating for Enhanced Endurance and Speed

    Chapter 45 Fueling Strategies During a Run

    Chapter 46 Weight Control and Body Composition

    Chapter 47 Ergogenic Aids for Running

    Part XI Psychology of Running

    Chapter 48 The Brain and the Experience of Fatigue

    Chapter 49 Psychological Strategies for Improved Performance

    Chapter 50 Addictive Aspects of Running

    Epilogue: The Future of Running

    References

    Index

    About the Author

    About the Author

    Owen Anderson, PhD, has been a regular contributor to Runner’s World, Shape, Men’s Health, Peak Performance, National Geographic Adventure, and Sports Injury Bulletin. He has written extensively on the topics of running training, strength training for running, sports nutrition, and injury prevention, and he developed the neural system of training, which diminishes the emphasis on mileage and promotes the use of high-quality running and the progression of running-specific strength training to achieve optimal running fitness.

    Anderson is the founder of Lansing Sports Management, which coaches elite athletes from Kenya and manages their international competitions. He has enjoyed a successful career coaching runners of all levels, including notables such as Benjamin Simatei, the winner of the Park Forest 10-mile race in Chicago, Illinois, and Chemtai Rionotukei, who in 2012 and 2013 has six victories, two course records, and 14 top-four finishes in U.S. road races, including a win at the 2013 Fifth Third River Bank 25K.

    Anderson is the race director of the annual Lansing Marathon, Lansing Half Marathon, and Ekiden Relay. In addition, he hosts running camps throughout the U.S., including the Lansing Marathon Running Camp in Thetford Center, Vermont. Anderson is also the CEO of Lansing Moves the World, a nonprofit foundation that coordinates three projects, including an after school program for Lansing children age 9 to 14, a tree planting program in east Africa, and a program for families and children victimized by the recent violence in the Tana River Delta district of Kenya.

    Anderson was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship and completed his PhD at Michigan State University.

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