Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running

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9780071370271: Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running

A sensible, balanced, low-stress approach to running In ALBERTO SALAZAR’S GUIDE TO RUNNING, the three-time New York City marathon winner and former marathon world-record-holder draws on the latest research to show you that a twenty-minute, two-to three-mile run can be just as beneficial as a longer, harder run. He offers a complete year-long program designed to build beginning runners’ weekly distance to a relatively short fifteen to twenty miles. Salazar also points out the many advantages of helping your running program with aerobic and strength-building activities. Interspersed throughout the book you’ll find fascinating and instructive anecdotal sidebars in which Salazar shares the hard-won lessons he’s learned about running, fitness, avoiding injuries, and more. There’s also valuable advice for more experienced runners on trail running, winter training, cross training, and increasing distance.

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From one of the greatest champions of all time comes a sensible, easy-to-follow fitness program for people of all ages

"Terrific for beginning runners. A fitness program that's simple and works."--Bill Rodgers, Four-Time Boston Marathon Winner, Four-Time New York City Marathon Winner

"Runners have much to gain from Alberto Salazar's world-class knowledge."--Mary Decker Slaney, World-Record Holder, Olympian

Here's a revolutionary approach to running for fitness and pleasure developed by one of the all-time great marathon runners. Once Alberto Salazar was renowned for grueling training schedules that included running as many as 130 miles every week. Now, Alberto rarely runs more than five miles at a time, and he's running injury-free and enjoying every minute of it. In Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running, the marathon hall-of-famer draws on the latest research and his own experiences to show why, when it comes to reaping the many health and fitness benefits of running, harder and longer isn't better, and consistency matters most. He shares his hard-won lessons on running and outlines a sensible adaptable low-impact training program for nonrunners wanting to get fit, runners dissatisfied with their current workouts, or recovering from injuries, and anyone looking for a fitness program they can follow for years to come.

Running is an ideal way to burn calories, tone muscles, improve cardiovascular health, and simply put, feel better. Unfortunately, most people presume that any useful running program requires a tough, time-consuming regimen. But nothing could be further from the truth. Three-time New York City marathon winner and marathon world-record holder Alberto Salazar explains why in this groundbreaking guide. Drawing on his personal experiences, as well as the latest research, he shows that a gentle, low-stress workout of just 20 to 30 minutes, 3 to 5 times a week is all you really need.

In Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running, Salazar introduces a sensible, balanced approach to running, suited to people of every age, body type, and degree of fitness. Based on training principles that allowed an athlete once known for his extreme methods to emerge from early retirement after ten years and win the world's leading ultramarathon, the revolutionary year-long program outlined here is designed to help you to build gradually from your first quarter mile to a distance of 15 to 20 miles a week--and have fun doing it!

Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running covers all the bases. You get guidance on choosing the best running shoes, warming up, achieving and maintaining optimum body weight, and dealing with aches, pains, and common injuries. You also learn about the advantages of supplementing your running program with other aerobic and strength-building activities, such as bicycling, cross-country skiing, rowing, weight training, walking, and hiking. For more advanced runners there are valuable tips on trail running, winter training, cross-country training, and increasing speed and distance. And, interspersed throughout the book, you'll find fascinating and inspiring anecdotes in which Salazar shares his hard-won lessons about running and fitness, avoiding injuries, and more.

Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running is must-reading for anyone who wants to take full advantage of the most natural, enjoyable, and beneficial method of improving health and fitness.

About the Author:

Alberto Salazar burst onto the American and world marathon scene with a victory in the 1980 New York City Marathon. During his running career, he set one world and six U.S. records in various distances. He broke long-standing marathon records in New York in 1981 and Boston in 1982, and won the New York event three years in a row. A fierce competitor, renowned for maintaining a grueling training schedule that often included running up to 130 miles a week, Alberto Salazar was beset by injuries that prematurely ended his running career. After a hiatus lasting more than a decade, he made a sensational comeback in 1995, when he won the 53.75-mile Comrades Ultramarathon in South Africa. A marketing consultant with Nike, Salazar now runs mostly for fitness and enjoyment, rarely covering more than 5 miles at a time.

Richard A. Lovett, PhD., is an avid runner and veteran of numerous marathons. A former law professor, he is now a full-time writer.

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