Best Runs

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Human Kinetics, 1999 - Fiction - 239 pages
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Avid runners often define their best runs in terms of breaking records and conquering distances, but they intuitively know that this only begins to describe their experiences. Through more than 40 years of training and competing, Joe Henderson has gained an understanding of what really defines the best running experiences and has developed techniques to achieve them.

Henderson-America's premier running writer-has produced perhaps his finest work in Best Runs. He shares his experiences and expertise, offering advice on how you can enhance your running and reap rewards beyond improved running times and race results.

Best Runscontains more than 100 essays that will inform, inspire, and amuse all readers, from fitness runners to hardcore competitors. Each of the book's 25 chapters serves as a valuable lesson in running. You'll find entertaining tales and proven advice on how to

- reduce the time pressures associated with training and racing;
- decrease down-time by listening to your heart and early warning signals;
- follow an optimal running diet;
- reduce your anxiety before races;
- improve long distance running techniques;
- enjoy running into your later years; and
- much, much more.

Running is about much more than going farther and faster. It's about having your best possible experience every time out. Best Runsprovides inspiration, insights, and training tips to ensure that you reach your fullest potential. Read it and have your best run yet!

 

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Contents

Picking the Best Bets
3
Training by the Numbers
13
Learning How to Walk
23
Running Out of Time
33
Listening to the Heart
41
Finding Shoes That Fit
51
Technology
57
Heeding the Early Warnings
69
Racing the Short Distances
123
Training Longer and Shorter
131
Racing the Long Distances
139
Racing at Its Simplest
149
Winning Without Beating Anyone
159
Gaining Much From Little
169
Living Out the Legacy
179
Reading Writing and Running
187

Cutting From the Diet
77
Adding to the Diet
85
Counting Up the Races
95
Rerunning the Best Races
103
Worrying About the Race
113
Touring the Finest Places
197
Voicing a Few Complaints
215
Index
234
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About the author (1999)

Joe Henderson has made a career of promoting consistency and longevity in running-through his books, his writings in Runner's World, and his talks at races. He has lived that message as both a runner and writer.

Born in Illinois in 1943, he began running in Iowa 14 years later. And three years after that, he started writing about the sport. Henderson, a graduate of Drake University, has run more than 700 races. Their distances range from less than 100 meters to more than 100 kilometers.

In addition to his long-time column in Runner's World, he has written more than a dozen books on running, and he publishes the newsletter Running Commentary. He is a former editor of Runner's World and a onetime staff writer for Track & Field News. The Road Runners Club of America has twice honored him as Journalist of the Year. He also is a member of the RRCA's Hall of Fame.

Henderson runs and writes from his home base in Eugene, Oregon. His wife, Barbara Shaw, is also a published writer.

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