NOTICE: This blog has been discontinued. After years of writing about running, I've reached the point where I've said everything I have to say. If you'd like to browse my published running books, you can find them all right HERE - that's the link to my Amazon author's page. In the meantime, good luck in your running and training!

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New Book: FAST 5K

VeloPress has published my book, FAST 5K, that includes pretty much everything I know about training for the 5K. Click on the book to be transported to its Amazon page.

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The Born Again Runner

I'm excited to announce the release of my new book, The Born Again Runner. This book is more personal for me than my first (Build Your Running Body). While Build Your Running Body was a science-driven manual for the sport of running, it didn't touch on the visceral and often tentative first steps we all must take to join that sport. My own running rebirth began with a trip to the ER when I was 38 years old. Massive substance abuse, overwork, and lack of sleep had led to a literal physical collapse. The doctor who treated me told me, "At the rate you're going, you won't live to see your son [then 6] graduate from high school." So I did the only thing I could think of to get back on track: I pulled my old pair of Nike Pegasus from the closet and went for a run (a very very short one that first time). But this book isn't about my story. It's the story of every runner who faces obstacles on the way to starting or re-starting a running program. The book lays out a path that any potential runner can follow to find success in the sport, and along the way we deal with all the myths, excuses, and training mistakes that can get in the way of our programs. There's also a chapter to help create an action plan to ensure success in your program. A chapter on diet. And 70 pages of injury-prevention exercises, listed by injury with photo-instruction. If you're interested, click on the book below to go to the Amazon page for the book--or go to your local bookstore and find it on the shelves.

“With practical advice and sound knowledge, Magill expertly and humorously inspires all fitness levels to step up their running game.”--Library Journal

“This road map to enjoying a healthy life is highly recommended for anyone serious about beginning and sticking to a running program.”--Publishers Weekly

“As a running author myself it pains me to say this, but if you're a new runner or returning to the sport, The Born Again Runner is the only book you need ... It’s the smartest, easiest-to-follow blueprint I’ve ever seen for anyone who wants to become—and remain—a happy, healthy runner.”
--Mark RemyRunner's World columnist and author of Runners of North America and The Runner's Rule Book

“Whether you're just starting out as a runner or starting afresh, you can do no better than heed the guidance of running's ultimate comeback kid, Pete Magill, as presented in The Born Again Runner.”--Matt Fitzgerald, author of How Bad Do You Want It? and coach for Team Iron Cowboy

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

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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 had my first running book, Build Your Running Body, published this in July, 2014. 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 website is live, although it's currently in its infancy, with many features still under construction. To take a look, click on this image/link:

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