Here’s a peek at the “best running book ever”…

Build your running body

Called “the best running book ever” by Bob Henderson, founder of Runner’s World, Build Your Running Body is the most comprehensive guide to training available.

Whether you’re a casual jogger, a beginner looking to train seriously for the first time or an experienced runner hoping to improve your time, Build Your Running Body is based on the latest research in physiology and sports science to help you run more comfortably and reduce the risk of injury.

Written by a team of specialist running coaches, Pete Magill, Thomas Schwartz and Melissa Breyer, this easy-to-use workout manual is the first training book to target the individual components of our running bodies, combining fun, fact-filled chapters on each component’s physiology with almost 400 illustrations to fully explain over 150 work-outs.


Training (Tricking) the Brain

The truth is that no one knows for sure what causes fatigue when you’re running. The brain – whether it’s limiting performance due to physiological failure or regulating performance to avoid physiological failure – is playing a huge role in stage direction. So how do we train the brain? The following simple training “tricks” will convince your brain to work with you, not against you when you run:

1. Take off your watch

This is the easiest strategy of all – and the most difficult for many runners. Some runners can’t conceive of running a mile untimed. But once you’re familiar with your regular running routes, there’s no reason to time every single run. Instead, stop worrying about the watch and start listening to your body. Become aware of your body’s feedback, of the nuances that warn you of impending fatigue, of tension in your body, of poor breathing, or of inefficient form. When you become more aware of your body’s feedback, you’ll find that you’re able to anticipate problems before your brain steps in to correct them.

2. Extended runs

If you’re having trouble increasing (or completing) your daily run, add 30-50% more distance to an outing. You’ll suffer immensely in order to complete the run. But you’ll be amazed how easy your regular run feels the next time out.

3. Race-effort intervals

Race effort intervals don’t just prepare you physically for a race, they prepare you mentally, too. Just as sports like football and basketball “slow down” after you’ve played them awhile, your brain becomes familiar with race pace.

You can buy Build Your Running Body here and you can see other Outdoor Fitness books in our books section