Monday, November 15, 2010

Run Less, Run Faster

I love reading and usually have at least 2 books going at a time. Since I started my new job (almost a year ago) I haven't done a good job of documenting what I've read and I want to change that. I just finished Run Less, Run Faster by Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, and Ray Moss and wanted to share my thoughts.

The premise behind the book is that by running less miles at a higher intensity and cross-training, you can improve your running performances. Most of the book focuses on marathon training because the program was originally developed for marathoners. However, it also includes training plans for 5K, 10K, and half-marathon and a chapter on starting running. The topics of cross-training, nutrition, strength-training, and stretching are covered as well.

This is an easy book to read, but probably not that useful for runners that are looking to improve on very slow times (like me). The slowest runs are based on a 30 minute 5K which is a far off dream for me. That said, it did validate my belief that I can run 3 days per week and cross-train while continue to improve my pace. I will probably incorporate some aspects of the plan as I develop my training schedule for next year.

Good information, lacks practicality if you can't run a mile in 10 minutes or less.

I'm a member of One Book One Month Challenge and post reviews there also. It's a great site to check out if you're looking for your next book to read.


Sarah @ See Sarah Eat said...

I kind of laughed a little when I saw that title because I am actually trying to do the opposite myself (run more, don't worry about pace too much).

I think it's great though that you reviewed it, especially if it's not helpful for people trying to increase their time a great deal. I think it is important to find what works best for you and not comparing yourself to others or even to your own past performances; just be in the moment.

I look forward to reading more about your running journey. :)

XichthusX said...

How can you read about running!?!?!? ;)