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Title:
Older, faster, stronger : what women runners can teach us all about living younger, longer
Author:
Webb, Margaret.
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Publication Information:
Emmaus, Pennsylvania : Rodale Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
296 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
"One Part personal quest to discover running greatness after age 50, one part investigation into what the women's running boom can teach athletes about becoming fitter, stronger, and faster as we age, Older, Faster, Stronger is an engrossing narrative sure to inspire women of all ages. A former overweight smoker turned marathoner, Margaret Webb runs with elite older women, follows a high-performance training plan devised by experts, and examines research that shows ho endurance training can stall aging. She then tests herself against the world's best older runners at the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy. Millions of women have taken up running in recent decades--the first generation of women to train in great numbers. Women are qualifying for the Olympic marathon in their 50s, running 100-mile ultra marathons in their 60s, completing Ironmans in their 80s, competing for world masters records in their 90s. What are the secrets of these ageless wonders? How do they get stronger and faster long after their "athletic prime"? Is there an evolutionary reason women can maintain endurance into advanced years? Webb immerses herself in these questions as she trains to see just how fast she can get after 50"--
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Super-fit me -- Training smarter -- Eating smarter -- Smart things to work on -- Motivate me, please -- Stronger -- Faster -- Older -- Legacy -- The ultimate test.
ISBN:
9781623361693
Format :
Book

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One part personal quest to discover running greatness after age 50, one part investigation into what the women's running boom can teach athletes about becoming fitter, stronger, and faster as we age, Older, Faster, Stronger is an engrossing narrative sure to inspire women of all ages. A former overweight smoker turned marathoner, Margaret Webb runs with elite older women, follows a high-performance training plan devised by experts, and examines research that shows how endurance training can stall aging. She then tests herself against the world's best older runners at the world masters games in Torino, Italy.

Millions of women have taken up running in recent decades--the first generation of women to train in great numbers. Women are qualifying for the Olympic marathon in their 50s, running 100-mile ultra marathons in their 60s, completing Ironmans in their 80s, competing for world masters records in their 90s. What are the secrets of these ageless wonders? How do they get stronger and faster long after their "athletic prime"? Is there an evolutionary reason women can maintain endurance into advanced years? Webb immerses herself in these questions as she as she trains to see just how fast she can get after 50.


Author Notes

Margaret Webb is a long-distance runner, volunteer running coach for underprivileged kids, and an author, journalist, and screenwriter. Her magazine features have appeared in national publications and garnered numerous awards. Her first nonaction book, Apples to Oysters: A Food Lover's Tour of Canadian Farms, won a national culinary book award. She cowrote the feature film Margarita and was a Disney Studios screenwriting fellow. Follow her on Twitter @margaretwebb or at margaretwebb.com.


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Booklist Review

A midlife crisis leads different people down different paths. For Webb, turning 50 was a wake-up call to take charge of her mental and physical health. In this engaging memoir, she describes embarking on a year-long quest to get super-fit. Her goals include qualifying for the Boston Marathon and competing in the World Masters Games (similar to the Olympics for adults over 30). In her quest to get faster and stronger, Webb seeks advice from experts on aging, sports psychology, and nutrition, and she runs with trailblazers like Kathrine Switzer. Highlights include inspirational interviews with competitive women in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and even 97-year-old Canadian Ida Herbert, likely the oldest yoga instructor in the world. Their secret? Sorry, they've found no magic youth pill, but they do deliver much valuable advice, including the importance of simply keeping moving and the reminder that it is never too late to become active. This crisply written book celebrates the wisdom and sisterhood of older runners and is sure to appeal to readers interested in being fit and aging well.--Barrera, Brenda Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Webb begins this stirring fitness memoir by telling the reader that she had an epiphany when she turned 50: "I wanted to enter the second act of my life in the best shape of my life, even fitter than I was as a 20-year-old varsity athlete." Immersing herself in research, she soon discovered that many obstacles await an older female runner: reduced lung capacity, bone density, estrogen levels, and muscle mass and a heightened risk of injury. Webb soldiered on, hitting her age group's qualifying standard for the Boston Marathon on her second try. Encouraged, she began training in earnest, despite entering the early stages of menopause in the meantime. She learned many lessons in the process-particularly that there are more ways to measure fitness than running times. Webb, inspired by many of the people she met (especially Olga Kotelko, a 94-year-old who took up running at age 77 and has since won over 700 gold medals), finished her journey with the World Masters Games in Turin, Italy. Those who may have put off exercise thinking they're too old or out of shape will likely find themselves lacing up their running shoes after reading this informative and inspiring tale. Agent: Samantha Haywood, Transatlantic Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Super-Fit Mep. 1
Chapter 2 Training Smarterp. 19
Chapter 3 Eating Smarterp. 47
Chapter 4 Smart Things to Work Onp. 73
Chapter 5 Motivate Me, Pleasep. 95
Chapter 6 Strongerp. 139
Chapter 7 Fasterp. 173
Chapter 8 Olderp. 201
Chapter 9 Legacyp. 227
Chapter 10 The Ultimate Testp. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 285
Indexp. 287
About the Authorp. 296

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