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10 July 2010

Run Faster Book Review

Using the principles in this book I went from running a gruelling 1:59:13 in the 2009 Ottawa 1/2 Marathon to a much more relaxed 1:34:34 in the 2010 Ottawa 1/2.

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Given to me as a Christmas present by my sister-in-law, Run Faster from the 5k to the Marathon was a kick-in-the-pants to train through the chilly winter months and start focusing on the most important part of training: knowing yourself.

Brad Hudson, former Olympic Trials marathoner and coach to such greats as Dathan Ritzenhein, is both inspiring and knowledgeable in this awesome step-by-step guide to getting you moving to your potential. His experience alone should be enough to get you to spend the ten bucks it’s going to cost you from Amazon. Beyond all of the technical insights, plans, suggestions, and foundational coaching are riveting stories of how using these coaching principles have helped both amateur and professional athletes. And the stories are truly inspiring.

This book is quickly becoming a well-worn guide in my possession, complete with scrawly notes on the sides and dog-eared pages. Packed with how-to knowledge, the guide forces you to become your own coach, getting to know yourself in a way you didn’t before. You’re challenged to become far more observant of your own running style, pace, training abilities and limits and gets you out of the rut of simply following the latest training trends and plans from all the usual suspects. It’s a lot of work, but very rewarding.

Using the principles in this book I went from running a gruelling 1:59:13 in the 2009 Ottawa 1/2 Marathon to a much more relaxed 1:34:34 in the 2010 Ottawa 1/2.

Smart, well-written, and highly re-readable, this book is an essential to any amateur runner who’s looking to make improvements in their running. I highly recommend picking up a copy ASAP and start studying like you’re a med student.

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