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Matt Fitzgerald

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May 24 2010

Most serious runners don’t realize their potential. They simply stop getting faster and don’t understand why. The reason is simple: most runners are unable to run by feel. The best elite runners have learned that the key to faster running is to hear what their bodies are telling them.

Drawing on new research on endurance sports, best-selling author Matt Fitzgerald explores the practices of elite runners to explain why their techniques can be effective for all runners. RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel will help runners reach their full potential by teaching them how to train in the most personalized and adaptable way.

Fitzgerald’s mind-body method will revolutionize how runners think about training, their personal limits, and their potential. RUN explains how to interpret emotional and physical messages like confidence, enjoyment, fatigue, suffering, and aches and pains. RUN guides readers toward the optimal balance of intensity and enjoyment, volume and recovery, repetition and variation. As the miles add up, runners will become increasingly confident that they are doing the right training on the right day, from one season to the next.

RUN marks the start of a better way to train. The culmination of science and personal experience, the mind-body method of running by feel will lead runners to faster, more enjoyable running.

 


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“The elements and philosophy laid out in RUN were fundamental and played an essential role in my overall success throughout my career as a self-coached athlete. The ability to run by feel is a learned skill and without the capacity to self assess and adjust your training intuitively, you will inevitably fall short of your potential.” — Alan Culpepper, 2000 & 2004 U.S. Olympian, sub 4-minute miler, sub 2:10 marathoner

“ASICS was onto something when it chose its new name, a Latin abbreviation for ‘a sound mind in a sound body.’ This philosophy is the key to unlocking all the potential we hold. From my first race in junior high gym class to competing in the 2008 Olympic Marathon, I have found that the stronger my mind and spirit are, the further I am able to push myself. Any runner interested in maximizing potential must study the mind-body connection or their journey will not be complete.” — Ryan Hall, 2008 Olympian and two-time American record holder

“In his latest book, Matt Fitzgerald successfully explains the mind-body method of running.  While this concept can be difficult to understand, Fitzgerald describes it in a way that will speak to beginners and elite runners alike.  Anyone trying to improve and realize their true running potential should read Run.” — Kara Goucher, 2008 Olympian and World Championship medalist

RUN is full of information that will help all runners start training by feel. Once you learn to trust your instincts in training, your injuries will decrease and your personal records will fall.” — Amy Yoder Begley, 2008 Olympian and four-time U.S. national champion

“The coach knows what to do, the scientist tells us why. Fitzgerald’s RUN artfully and responsibly blends scientifically grounded supportive research and convincing anecdotal evidence into a message that those of us who take running seriously must heed. Now the U.S. can learn the true secrets of the great African runners: That voice in your head that says, “Too much, too little, too hard, too easy”, despite what the device on your wrist says, is probably right!” — Bobby McGee, renowned running coach and author of Magical Running and Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes

“As a long-time proponent of effort-based training, I highly recommend RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel. The reader will learn the most important concept in all of training—how to connect effort with pace. Using the techniques and ideas in this book, runners can expect more consistent training and racing results without the worry of external feedback from devices like GPS and heart rate monitors. I use effort-based training with the beginning runners, middle of the packers, and Olympians I coach and recommend all runners learn this valuable technique.” — Greg McMillan, M.S., McMillanRunning.com online coach

“After years of searching science journals for secret workouts and fitness techniques, Matt Fitzgerald has decided that the brain is the ultimate training tool. In this insightful and evidence-based book, he challenges us to achieve our potential by enjoying every run and race, even as we accept the pain.” — Amby Burfoot, editor at large, Runner's World; 1968 Boston Marathon winner

“Hey, maybe that voice in your head isn't you going bonkers from too much training. Whether you're a newbie or a master runner...I highly recommend you pick up a copy and read RUN.” — Runner Dude’s Blog

“If you're looking to get to your peak performance weight or explore the mind-body connection of running, writer Matt Fitzgerald has some advice for you. Through his numerous books published by VeloPress, Fitzgerald, an expert in endurance training and nutrition, explores a wide range of topics and cutting-edge developments from the world of running and endurance sports.” — ESPN.com

From the Back Cover

Your body knows how to run faster. But are you listening? The best elite runners have learned that the key to faster running is to hear what your body is telling you.

Drawing on the latest research on endurance sports, best-selling author Matt Fitzgerald explores the practices of elite runners to explain why their techniques can be effective for you.RUNwill help you reach your full potential by employing the same techniques to train in the most personalized way.

Fitzgerald's mind-body method will revolutionized your training, redefine your limits, and extend your running potential. WithRUN, you can find the optimal balance of intensity and enjoyment, volume and recovery, repetition and variation. As the miles add up, you will become increasingly confident that you are doing the right training on the right day, from one season to the next.

RUNmarks the start of a better way to train. The culmination of science and personal experience, the mind-body method of running by feel will lead you to faster, more enjoyable running.

Your body knows how to run faster. But are you listening? The best elite runners have learned that the key to faster running is to hear what your body is telling you.

Drawing on the latest research on endurance sports, best-selling author Matt Fitzgerald explores the practices of elite runners to explain why their techniques can be effective for you.RUNwill help you reach your full potential by employing the same techniques to train in the most personalized way.

Fitzgerald's mind-body method will revolutionized your training, redefine your limits, and extend your running potential. WithRUN, you can find the optimal balance of intensity and enjoyment, volume and recovery, repetition and variation. As the miles add up, you will become increasingly confident that you are doing the right training on the right day, from one season to the next.

RUNmarks the start of a better way to train. The culmination of science and personal experience, the mind-body method of running by feel will lead you to faster, more enjoyable running.


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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the last book you need to read Sept. 11 2010
By Sean Flanderhijn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a 150 lbs, 58 year old, 5K runner. I changed my running by reading Danny Dreyer's Chi Running, found my training method by David Holt's 10K & 5K Running, Training & Racing. These helped me a lot, but still I was not able to get the pleasure and comfort in my 4 weekly runs. Matt's book RUN gave me what I needed most; the real insight in running. It is definitely the last book I needed to read.
I recommend RUN for anybody running, she or he will attain the best understanding how to gain from pleasure, I did! My Long Slow Distance running is now taking significant less effort at the last 20% of it. The day after I do twice the normal distance of my hilltraining, I NEVER felt better! Thank you Matt for writing RUN.

Sean, "there is no run without a purpose"
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars philosophy meets physiology meets neurophysiology July 26 2010
By timnz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoy Matt's writing and his insights into different approaches to running. 'Run' looks at running as a brain driven and controlled activity. Matt combines the latest research in brain development with the 'coal face' action of coaches and elite athletes to provide a new approach to training. You essentially teach your brain that it's ok to run fast and to run far. Matt shows that it's brain activity that governs endurance and speed limits. He then takes you through the key research findings from the lab and also the training track to explain how and when the brain controls your running limits. But best of all, Matt provides the insights to enable you to find the best methods that work for you, to raise your performance - by working with the brain's physiology and how it likes to work best.

You won't find prescriptive training schedules but you will be able to develop, through your own intuition, the best training approach for you. Matt's book helps you do this.

Great book and an excellent read after Brain Training for Runners
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new approach that makes good sense Sept. 19 2010
By JH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been running off and on since high school but only within the last 5 years started to run long distances(marathon). Now in my 5th decade, and having completed 5 marathons in the last four years, I've been searching and experimenting with different approaches to "training up". Most of the books I've read have strict training programs that seem to just wear me out. So I find this book to be refreshingly different. Wow, I can actually go by how I feel rather than "got to get in that 20 miler today" or "got to meet my target of 55 miles this week". I now refer to my "adaptive" running schedule rather than "training" schedule. That's what it's really all about, adapting the body to new levels of running performance & not beating it up. I will use this approach in my quest to BQ this coming year.
Great insightful book with a lot of common sense once you understand the mind/body connection to running. Thanks Matt! Will buy two more copies for my running friends.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Technical, and probably helpful for some experienced runners. Aug. 1 2012
By Paul A. Mastin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Seeing this book and the subtitle, I was intrigued, yet skeptical. If I follow my mind and run by feel, I will usually sleep in instead of run, and quit when I get tired. I have a hard enough time meeting my goals without giving into laziness! But Matt Fitzgerald offers up a slightly different way of thinking about training and running.

Reading Run made me realize that, while I have enjoyed reading many running books, the ones I enjoy most are the stories about people running, not so much the training or coaching books. Run fits the latter category. This book is directed at the serious runner, preferably one who has trained with a coach or a team. Fitzgerald does give a nod to the casual runner at times, but the target audience seems to be the more serious running crowd.

That's not to say a back-of-the-packer like me can't benefit from his teaching. To run by feel, run happy and confident. Fitzgerald gives the example of Dean Karnazes, who loves to run long distances more than just about anyone, running for hours and hours just for fun (as well as to raise money and awareness as he did in his recent coast-to-coast run). Then there's Haile Gebreselassie, who always runs with a smile. Confidence, Fitzgerald writes, comes from experience and training. So, for instance, if my training runs have been at a certain pace, I have more confidence that I can run that pace in a race.

Fitzgerald seems not to be a fan of training plans, those schedules that tell you weeks ahead of time what you'll run on a particular date in preparation for a race. However, unless a runner has a strong foundation from systematic training or coaching, or is one of that fraction of a fraction of a percent of us who is gifted with unusual speed or endurance, the running by feel plan will not get the runner race ready. When we train with a plan or a coach, Fitzgerald would say that every day we need to be willing to alter or even eliminate that day's plan, depending on how we feel.

As a practitioner of minimalist running, I was heartened by Fitzgerald's embrace of minimalism. He did dismiss the various stride training programs out there, like pose running and Chirunning, endorsing a simple change of footwear as a means to change stride:

"The only common running technique flaw that exists at the level of gross motor coordination is that of overstriding, which is cause by the wearing of shoes and is best corrected primarily by addressing footwear, not by learning an entirely new way to run. Indeed, I believe that if all runners ran barefoot, the various running technique systems would not exist. . . . Practicing running barefoot on grass, on sand, and/or on an at-home treadmill will get your neuromuscular system accustomed to making ground contact with a flat foot underneath the body's center of gravity. Wearing the lightest, least cushioned running shoes in which you are comfortable in your everyday training will help you transfer your barefoot running form over to your shod running."

He claims that shifting to minimalist shoes changed his stride from heel strike to mid-foot strike and solved his runner's knee problem. In fact, for running maladies in general, "eschewing pavement in favor of dirt is perhaps the most proven means of reducing injuries by reducing impact."

There's a lot of common sense in his book, and a lot of science. But beginner runners need not apply.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource May 5 2011
By Matthew McCulley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Run by Matt Fitzgerald is an incredible resource for anyone who is stuck in a training routine they want to get out. In the book Fitzgerald explores the idea of how to assess your running based on feel. Yes there must be structure to a training plan, but it does not have to be rigid like most beginner plans are.

This book is not geared for a brand new runner. Someone who has been running and is just getting into racing can benefit from this book, but not someone just starting running. If you are just starting to run, try one of the more structured beginning plans first. Then when you learn how your body reacts to running give this book a read. There is some prior knowledge that the author assumes you have about training and running that you will need to successfully read through this book.

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