Monday, July 28, 2014

Build Your Running Body by Pete Magill

Build Your Running Body: A Total-Body Fitness Plan for All Distance Runners, from Milers to Ultramarathoners - Run Farther, Faster, and Injury-Free is a book I have been waiting to be released for awhile and it has just been published. I sent in my order and should have it in a few days. Pete Magill, one of the authors along with Tom Schwartz and Melissa Breyer, is the fastest American distance runner over age 50 in the 5K and 10K and used to run the blog Younger Legs for Older Runners. I look forward to reading it and from the list of accolades from the running community, the book sounds like a winner. I am not so gung-ho that running is the best exercise anymore. I have seen what it has done to my body after 40 years of running and I watch time and again multiple running friends give up the sport in their 40s and 50s as their bodies can no longer handle the running life that was so easy for us when we were younger. There has to be a better way to stay healthy, particularly as long time runners hit their 50s. Wear and tear and imbalances wreak havoc once you hit a certain age. Maybe this book offers younger runners a plan so as not to make the same mistakes us older runners have (just run and it will all work out). It also may offer a way back for those of us whose bodies have let us down. I certainly will read this and write a review, but if you are an aging runner or one who doesn't want to end up on the injured list, you might want to give this book a shot.

Here is what the book offers according to Amazon:

Whether you're a miler or an ultramarathoner, if you want a fit, fast, and injury-resistant running body, there's a better way to train than relentlessly pursuing mileage. This easy-to-use workout manual draws on the latest research in running physiology to target all the components that go into every stride—including muscles, connective tissue, cardiovascular fitness, energy production, the nervous system, hormones, and the brain. With the breakthrough whole-body training program inBuild Your Running Body, runners will improve their times, run longer and more comfortably, and reduce injury.
With more than 150 workouts—from weightlifting and cross-training to resistance exercises and plyometrics—fine-tuned to individual skill levels and performance goals, PLUS:
• 393 photos that make it easy to follow every step of every workout• 10 training programs to help runners of all levels integrate the total-body plan into their daily routines• Interviews with leading runners, exercise scientists, and coaches—learn how elite runners train today• Race strategy for the crucial weeks leading up to the competition and through to the finish line• Exercises to prevent injury and rehabilitate common running ailments• Seasoned insight on barefoot running, the pros and cons of stretching, and other hot-button topics• Nutrition guidance on carbs, proteins, fats, and weight loss• More than 30 recipes to speed recovery and cement fitness gains• Beginners' guidelines every step of the way• Valuable tips on proper apparel, tracking your progress, and more!
For those who want to learn more, there is a Facebook page, a new blog, and a new website for more information. I had also heard that Pete Magill has used an ElliptiGO when injured and according to the new site,  the ElliptiGO is,"The ideal cross-training device for healthy runners and the best replacement for running for injured runners."

Here is an excerpt from the book detailing 12 Exercises to Build Your Running Body.

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