This book deals with the hard science behind better athletic performance. The pace of knowledge enhancement and innovation in running has been so brisk through the last few years that even highly informed athletes could be excused for not keeping up. Running Science is an easy to understand repository of running research and offers a wealth of insights distilled from great sport and exercise scientists, coaches and runners. It provides an array of the most credible and widely used training principles and programmes. But perhaps most importantly, it is a celebration of the latest science-based know-how of running, now arguably the world's most popular participant sport.
Owen Anderson is a regular contributor to Running Times, Running Fitness (UK), and National Geographic Adventure. In 1992, he was named the most outstanding running journalist in the United States by the Road Runners Club of America. He is currently involved in a research project concerning the effects of running-specific strength training on running economy and endurance performance.
Part I. Genetics and Running; Part II. Biomechanics of Running; Part III. Physiological Factors in Running Performance; Part IV. Training Modes and Methods for Runners; Part V. Training Variables and Systems in Running; Part VI. Optimal Training for Specific Conditioning; Part VII. Molecular Biological Changes in Running; Part VIII. Distance-Specific Training; Part IX. Sports Medicine for Runners; Part X. Running Nutrition; Part XI. Psychology of Running.