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.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Masters Runner
Chapter 1: Masters Runners: The Never-Ending Pursuit
Chapter 2: Understanding Runners and Aging
Chapter 3: Meeting the Challenge of Aging
Chapter 4: Biomechanics of Good Form
Chapter 5: Warding Off Injuries
Chapter 6: Flexibility and Stretching
Part II: Training
Chapter 7: Goal Setting for Fitness and Competition
Chapter 8: Getting Faster
Chapter 9: Getting Stronger
Part III: Event-Specific Training Programs
Chapter 10: Back to Basics
Chapter 11: Mile and 5K
Chapter 12: 10K and Half Marathon
Chapter 13: Marathon
Part IV: Competing
Chapter 14: Race Strategy
Chapter 15: Beyond the Standard Events
"Anyone interested in improving running—whether 30 or over 70—will find much valuable information in Mastering Running. Cathy Utzschneider combines her scientific background with all she has learned as a masters runner to bring you what you need to know and tell you how it will make you a faster, stronger, healthier runner."
Amby Burfoot-- 1968 Boston Marathon Winner, Runner's World Editor at Large
“Once a runner always a runner. This comprehensive resource for masters runners captures the many benefits and rewards that can reaped by the aging athlete who wants to stay in the sport for the long run-- the stories, the camaraderie, the personal bests inspire us all no matter what distance we choose from the mile to the marathon. Cathy is passionate about identifying masters' unique goals and motivating them to achieve their best. Set your own course and run your own race but never hesitate to share training tips with the growing and motivated ranks of masters' runners. Our demographic is only getting stronger and faster.”
Joan Benoit Samuelson-- First-ever women's Olympic marathon gold champion
"Mastering Running provides instruction on how we ‘seasoned’ runners can stay fit and still accomplish those athletic goals that we set for ourselves as we continue to push our bodies to perform. Bravo to Dr. Utzschneider for this outstanding book!"
Willie Banks-- Olympian 1980, 84, 88, Former world record holder, Triple Jump, Past President of the US Olympians and Paralympians Association
"Masters runners want to train hard, race fast, and compete like college kids, while simultaneously staying healthy enough to juggle the joys and responsibilities of adult life. Lucky for us, Dr. Cathy Utzschneider has provided the blueprint for accomplishing all that in Mastering Running.”
Pete Magill-- Masters Running Record Holder
ExcerptsAging and the Physical Demands of Running
Listening to Your Body
Perfecting Your Mile
Ten Years or 10,000 Hours to Excellence
A very solid book detailing specific activities and approaches for running among older (master) runners. Great resource book for all runners over a certain age...