THE COMPETITIVE RUNNER'S HANDBOOK by Bob & Pete Schuder Glover

THE COMPETITIVE RUNNER'S HANDBOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A meticulous, detailed technical sourcebook for competitive runners at any level. Glove (co-author of the respected Runner's Handbook) and Schuder aim to stand in as qualified coaches for ""the established runner, the man or woman entering racing or wishing to improve race times."" They begin with training, and are right up to date: first, classify yourself (novice to elite runner) and study the basic training principles; then, with the authors' help, design a specific training program that answers the three principal concerns--how far, how fast, how often--in preparing for the races you run. As Glover and Schuder point out, not everyone needs to run high mileage every day--in fact, overtraining and fatigue are probably the most common causes of injury, and must be continually guarded against. The authors go on to discuss each category of race (various distances, for runners of varying experience); specific racing techniques; injuries and illness; food, drink, and weight (a creditable plea for sanity here); and in a final chapter on stress, the so-called ""Runner's Triangle""--how running may intrude on relationships, and how to keep it from becoming all-consuming. Covering virtually every subject of concern to the competitive runner, this is a hefty, worthwhile guide.

Pub Date: Aug. 25th, 1983
Publisher: Viking/Penguin