Serious athletes in most other sports study and improve their sport-specific skills, but runners can rarely find the tools to help them hone technique. And yet, imagine the impact of improving your stride efficiency even a fraction of a percent per stride. Multiplied by the number of steps you take during a run or race, even the smallest improvement could have a huge impact on your overall performance.
Programmed to Run is the only book on the market that focuses on running technique. Other running books virtually ignore the biomechanics of efficient technique, and those that do touch on the subject provide no guidance on how to assess and improve technique. Programmed to Run presents mental and physical techniques to help you improve your performance. It shows you how to improve your stride mechanics and focus your mind during training and racing so that you can reach your potential.
Combining practical advice for improving running efficiency—something every runner can benefit from—with psychological principles for improving running technique, Programmed to Run shows you how to apply field-tested concepts to your own performance psychology to improve your physical performance. You'll learn how to
- assess your current running technique;
- improve your mechanics to become a more efficient runner;
- use proper breathing skills;
- increase your speed, power, and endurance;
- focus your mind for better performance;
- train your mind and body to work together; and
- apply mental coping and training techniques.
The book covers the biomechanics of running, including the recommended stride dynamics patterns, elements of efficient mechanical technique, supplemental energy sources, and breathing skills. It includes practical descriptions of efficient running biomechanics as well as sequential photos of runners demonstrating proper technique. It also provides a practical blueprint for preparing for competition, addressing the physical, mental, emotional, social, logistical, environmental, and technical demands of specific events.
Anyone who's willing to take the time and effort can learn economy of movement. No matter what level you're at, you can learn to run faster, longer, and with fewer injuries with the proper biomechanical and psychological skills. With Programmed to Run you'll be able to train your mind and body to achieve extraordinary results.