NOTICE: This blog has been discontinued. But I've got a new website, scheduled to be fully operational by July, 2014! And I've created a blog on that website, in which I'll be ruminating on all things running.  In the meantime, click on the provided link or on the image/link in the post below to take a peak at what the website already has to offer (note that the website is not mobile-ready yet, and still has to be optimized for all browsers and screen sizes).

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BUILD YOUR RUNNING BODY - book by Pete Magill, et al.

(Click on the book above to be transported to the Amazon page for my book)

While this blog might have been discontinued, I certainly didn't discontinue my writing, as many of this blog's visitors know. I wrote for Running Times magazine for 6 years, and I now edit the new magazine (available at Barnes & Noble right now!), Double Runner. I also had my first running book, Build Your Running Body, published this past July. With help from Tom Schwartz, Melissa Breyer, and photog Diana Hernandez, I worked two years on this book, and it includes just about everything I know about running, racing, and building the best running body possible for both. Honestly, I'm very proud of this book, and if you're looking for running info, I hope you'll consider picking up a copy. Here's a basic rundown on the book:

"BUILD YOUR RUNNING BODY is the first whole-body, photo-illustrated fitness manual for runners. Whether you’re a beginner looking to train for the first time or an experienced runner hoping to improve your personal best at 5K or the marathon, Build Your Running Body offers a breakthrough exercise plan that will carry you to your fitness goal. You’ll learn to build your fitness from the ground up, targeting the individual components--muscles, connective tissue, cardiovascular system, nervous system, hormones, and more--that power each step you take.
In the book you'll find:
  • 9 chapters on running components (what they are & how best to train them)
  • 350+ photos as part the photo-instruction for more than 150 workouts, exercises, and stretches
  • 6 chapters on diet and nutrition
  • Sample training schedules for runners of all levels
  • Training plans for the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon
  • An injury-prevention chart for 40+ common running injuries, including recommended exercises for prevention of each
  • Advice on creating your own, individualized training program
  • Advice on running gear (what you need for different climate, terrain, and training intensities)
  • Pace charts for all workouts and major race distances
  • Calorie charts for all workouts
  • Dozens of recipes for healthy and delicious fueling
  • Detailed analysis of various cross training options
  • A glossary of words and phrases that you'll use while navigating the world of running
Improved running performance and whole-body fitness aren't unsolved mysteries. Coaches, athletes, and exercise physiologists have been working on both for decades, and the giant leaps forward in fitness and performance speak for themselves. The trick lies in utilizing advances in training to achieve your own fitness goals. The truth is that your body is an incredibly complex biological machine with hundreds of working parts, and good training demands that you target all of them. Build Your Running Body is dedicated to a simple principle: If you want to become a better runner, you must begin by building a better running body."

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I'm launching a new website that will offer videos, training tips, injury advice, training programs, coaching, classes, and great products to aid your running. The site's full launch will also coincide with the upcoming publication of Build Your Running Body, a book I've co-authored with Tom Schwartz and Melissa Breyer, with 400 photos (as part of the instruction for numerous workouts, drills, stretches, etc.) by Diana Hernandez. The website is live, although it's currently in its infancy, with many features still under construction. Also, it hasn't been made mobile-ready yet, nor has it been optimized for all browsers and screen sizes. In the coming weeks, all this will be done, and more videos, content, and links will be added. Still, you can get a preview look by clicking on this image/link:

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