The Competitive Runner's Handbook: The Bestselling Guide to Running 5Ks through Marathons

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Penguin, Apr 1, 1999 - Sports & Recreation - 688 pages
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For both runners entering that first neighborhood race and elite marathoners, trainers Bob and Shelly-lynn Florence Glover's completely revised guide is the book on training to compete. A book that's already sold close to 200,000 copies, The Competitive Runner's Handbook will now offer all the latest information needed to design basic training programs; special workouts to increase strength, endurance, and power; schedules and worksheets to develop individual goals; and specifics on preparing for all kinds of races?with an emphasis on the 10K and the marathon.

Informed by their over thirty years of coaching experience, the Glovers give winning tips on alternative training, footwear and diet, and common injuries and illnesses, as well as sensible advice on balancing running with work and home life.

 

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An excellent book for 'everything you ever wanted to know about running'. As a runner who is a novice and wants to build speed, Glover manages to motivate without causing me too much despair over ... Read full review

The competitive runner's handbook: the bestselling guide to running 5Ks through marathons

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As anyone who has ever run competitively knows, there's more to it than putting one foot in front of the other as fast as possible. The Glovers here provide a full range of advice and instruction on all aspects of running, including diet, exercise, training, strategy, and footwear. Read full review

Contents

Categories of Competitive Runners
3
Key Ingredients to Successful Racing
10
Basic Training Principles
22
The Warmup and CoolDown
31
Training Pace
34
Training Mileage
39
The Runners Training Diary
60
SPEED TRAINING
63
MENTAL ASPECTS OF COMPETITIVE RUNNING
277
GoalSetting and Race Time Prediction
279
Motivation
290
Mental Training
297
Prerace Logistics and DayofRace Routine
321
Race Strategy
329
Race Tactics
348
RUNNING FORM AND SHOES
361

Introduction to Speed Training
65
A Simplified 12Week Speed Training Program
83
Interval Training
89
Hill Training
113
Fartlek Training
123
Tempo Training
129
PLANNING YOUR TRAINING
137
The Training Schedule
139
How to Write Your Own Training Schedule
157
SPECIFIC TRAINING FOR RACING
163
The Novice Competitor
165
5K Training and Racing
172
10K Training and Racing
184
HalfMarathon Training and Racing
196
The FirstTime Marathoner
211
Marathon Buildup Training
227
Marathon Countdown
255
Marathon Strategy
263
The Aftermarathon
270
Running Form and Economy
363
Running Shoes
385
FOOD AND DRINK FOR HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE
401
Fuel and Nutrition for Running
403
Hydration and Running
424
Performance Weight
437
THE RUNNING ENVIRONMENT
449
Hot Weather Running
451
Cold Weather Running
471
The Masters Competitor
493
The Female Competitor
506
The Young Competitor
521
Injury
547
Strength Training
573
Stretching
591
Treadmill Training
615
Balancing Running with Life
633
Index
659
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About the author (1999)

Bob Glover is founder and president of Robert H. Glover and Associates, Inc., a sports and fitness consulting firm. Since he founded the program in 1978, Glover has directed the running classes for the New York Road Runners.

Shelly Glover is a certified exercise physiologist with a master’s degree from Columbia University; she coaches all levels of runners and is a frequent competitor.

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