Everyone's Guide to Distance Running

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New Holland, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 432 pages
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"Everyone's Guide to Distance Running is a comprehensive reference manual for distance runners. Author Norrie Williamson guides the runner--whether a novice or experienced--every step of the way with practical advice and motivation. Because he is passionate that distance runners should not fall into traditional traps, making age-old, yet persistent mistakes, he supplies helpful tips and information every aspect of the sport, including training, planning, racing, nutrition, injuries, clothing, and equipment. Also included are training schedules for races of varying distances.

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Norrie covers all the biggies about running while circling around two main points. 1) Training is only as good as the recovery that follows and 2) doing less at higher speed is more beneficial than more at slower speed. Though the book is somewhat aimed at Comrades marathon participants, it is excellent for novices and may very well redirect experienced runners. I highly recommend. 


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Norrie Williamson, a well-known long-distance athlete, is a former Scottish first division rugby player who transformed his passion for athletics into a career as a runner and coach in his adopted South Africa. He has finished the grueling 56-mile Comrades marathon in South Africa and has completed more than 100 ultra events, including 30 to 100 miles of longer. He set a record for the longest distance run on a treadmill in 24 hours (more than 161 kilometers). Recently he has moved to track and cross country races in an attempt to improve his speed. He has been coaching and writing about running since 1985.

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