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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press (May 24 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030578
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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
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
A new approach that makes good sense Sept. 19 2010
By JH - Published on Amazon.com
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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
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
A great resource May 5 2011
By Matthew McCulley - Published on Amazon.com
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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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