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Nothing beats the pleasure of running. Unfortunately, many runners are slowed down by injuries that could be avoided through changes in training or technique.
That's where Running Well comes in. Based on the latest scientific principles, this accessible guide shows you these techniques:
-How to minimize the risk of injury and stay healthy
-The differences between training and straining
-How to strengthen and maintain the primary running muscles
-Ways of assessing and improving technique
-How to recognize injuries early on and avoid more serious setbacks
And if you do get injured, Running Well will return you to action quickly. Sections devoted to each bodily region detail common symptoms and causes of discomfort. You'll learn how to treat the injury, know when to seek help and know how to prevent the problem from reoccurring.
From avoiding overtraining to increasing flexibility, Running Well has everything you need to keep you running all year round so that you sprint—not limp—to the all-important finish line.
Part 1: How to run
Chapter 1 Top form
How to assess and improve your running technique
Chapter 2 Gearing up and winding down
How to warm up and cool down effectively
Chapter 3 Freedom of movement
The lowdown on flexibility and stretching
Chapter 4 Down to earth
The importance of what's on your feet and under them
Part 2: Smarter training
Chapter 5 Balancing act
The art and science of training
Chapter 6 Smart sessions
How to vary your training sessions
Chapter 7 Inner strength
A guide to core stability for runners
Chapter 8 Cross purposes
Making cross-training work for you
Chapter 9 Food and drink
The role of good nutrition and hydration
Part 3: Damage limitation
Chapter 10 Injury time
What to do if you get hurt
The hip and pelvis
The upper leg
The lower leg
The foot and ankle
Chapter 11 Back on track
Returning to running after injury, illness, pregnancy – or just a little time off
Chapter 12 First aid
Prevention and treatment of common running ailments and annoyances
"A well-written, beautifully illustrated book that manages to find just the right balance between the science and the spirit of running."
Runner and Author of Master the Art of Running
"It is absolutely fantastic. I always refer to it and I have recommended it to many."
Owner, RippedBodies Personal Training
The case for stretching before running
Sample pages: inner strengthSample pages: the core basics workoutSample pages: the foot and ankle