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Mastering running
Utzschneider, Cathy, 1955-
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Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [2014]
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viii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
The master runner. Masters running : the never-ending pursuit ; Understanding running and aging ; Meeting the challenge of aging ; Biomechanics of good form ; Warding off injuries ; Flexibility and stretching -- Training. Goal setting for fitness and competition ; Getting faster ; Getting stronger -- Event-specific training programs. Back to basics ; Mile and 5K ; 10K and half marathon ; Marathon -- Competing. Race strategy ; Beyond the standard events.
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Run faster, stronger, and longer--and remain injury free. With Mastering Running , regardless of your age, optimal performance and new personal bests await.

Cathy Utzschneider, highly accomplished and renowned masters runner and coach, has created the definitive guide for runners, athletes, and fitness buffs. Runners from 30 to 100 will benefit from the targeted approach that covers these aspects:

- Evaluating and refining running form to improve speed and endurance

- Exercises, stretches, and routines to prevent common age-related injuries

- Training programs for the mile, 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon

- Proven strategies, used by today's top runners, that shave seconds off your time

Mastering Running contains all the advice and instruction you'd expect from an elite-level coach. With details on segmenting, front running, tapering, recovering, and fueling, Mastering Running is the one guide you'll rely on time and again to achieve your potential.

Author Notes

Masters runner and coach Dr. Cathy Utzschneider began running competitively at age 40. She has been ranked fifth in the world in her age group and won seven USA Track and Field age-group titles and a silver medal at the Nike World Masters Games. She also won the 8K race at the North, Central American, and Caribbean World Masters Athletics. For the past 20 years she has trained hundreds of runners ranging from beginners to Olympians and served as Boston Marathon coach to employees of John Hancock Insurance.

As head coach of the Liberty Athletic Club, the first and longest-operating all-women's running club in the country, Cathy has coached members to three world and six American age-group records, three world age-group gold medals, and 46 national masters age-group championships since accepting the position in 2006. She also served as president of the club for three years. In 2010, she and three other Liberty teammates set an American age-group record in the 4- x 1600-meter relay.

Cathy is certified as a level 1 USA Track and Field coach and in levels 1 to 3 in the Burdenko method of water and sports therapy. She is a national site coach for, for which she has written training programs for the 5K through the marathon. In addition to coaching, Cathy writes a column for National Masters News and is an adjunct professor at Boston College. Topics of study include physiology of exercise of aging, goal setting, theories of excellence, and human development. She also published Move! How Women Can Achieve Athletic Goals at Any Age .

Cathy lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Introductionp. vii
Part I The Master Runnerp. 1
Chapter 1 Masters Running: the Never-Ending Pursuitp. 3
Chapter 2 understanding Running and Agingp. 11
Chapter 3 Meeting Challenge of Agingp. 27
Chapter 4 Biomechanics of Good Formp. 41
Chapter 5 Warding Off Injuriesp. 57
Chapter 6 Flexibility and Stretchingp. 71
Part II Trainingp. 83
Chapter 7 Goal Setting for fitness and Compedtitionp. 85
Chapter 8 Getting Fasterp. 103
Chapter 9 Getting Strongerp. 115
Part III Event-Specific Training Programsp. 137
Chapter 10 Back to Basicsp. 139
Chapter 11 Mile and 5Kp. 147
Chapter 12 10K and Half Marathonp. 159
Chapter 13 Marathonp. 171
Part IV Competingp. 193
Chapter 14 Race Strategyp. 195
Chapter 15 Beyond the Standard Eventsp. 209
Appendixp. 219
Referencep. 226
Indexp. 228
About the Authorp. 232