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RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel

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Most serious runners don’t realize their potential. They simply stop getting faster and don’t understand why. The reason is simple: most runners are unable to run by feel. The best elite runners have learned that the key to faster running is to hear what their bodies are telling them.

Drawing on new research on endurance sports, best-selling author Matt Fitzgerald explores
Paperback, 263 pages
Published May 24th 2010 by Velo Press (first published May 1st 2010)
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Jan 11, 2012 David rated it liked it
It's rare that a running guide does not contain any training schedules for the 5k, 10k, marathon, etc. Rarer still is a running guide that makes reference along the way to Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Spinoza. But both of these are characteristics of this book by Matt Fitzgerald, who also wrote BRAIN TRAINING FOR RUNNERS among other books.

RUN is in some ways a continuation of BRAIN TRAINING, though to some extent it's a repudiation of the earlier book. BRAIN TRAINING, whose premise is "running start
Jun 21, 2013 Sebastian rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on running I have ever read.

First of all let me start by getting something out of the way. If you are looking for a book that tells you to just go out and run at whatever pace you feel like without pushing yourself and that you will be a superstar doing that, this is not it. Actually, any book that would claim that to be the recipe for success would be worthless.

What this book does do is give you insights as to how to listen to your body and use that when determining adjust
Sep 24, 2010 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: running
My favorite tips from Matt Fitzgerald's book Run: The Mind-Body Method of Running By Feel:

Focus on the good, like your great pace and how this is where you want to be, when running is hard.

The capacity to tolerate suffering is trainable.

After each key workout and race, ask yourself whether you held back at any point to spare yourself from suffering. If you did, vow to do better next time.

Consciously try to beat your recent times throughout the training process, and include plenty of repetitio
Jan 04, 2011 Jennefer rated it really liked it
This was a great book with good information as to how to go about running by feel. The subject is covered in a very thoughtful and persuasive way. The book feels grounded and not to 'touchy feely'. Not only are the authors personal experiences used to illustrate his points but he also uses scientific data to back them up. I would highly recommend this to all runners of all experience levels.

For a more detailed review check out my blog Running and Other Things
Aug 14, 2011 Shira rated it it was amazing
I am loving this book. Fitzgerald writes about running with so much humility and grace. I read a chapter and feel an urge to run. It's wonderful!


Attention, Crossfit, devotees, there is a section in here for you!
Debbie Morrison
Dec 12, 2012 Debbie Morrison rated it really liked it
The book, "Run: The Mind Body Method of Running by Feel" provides experienced athletes with a thoughtful, unique approach to training for endurance events with a method that combines recent scientific studies on athletic performance, proven training principles and `gut feel'. Though the book focuses on running, the concepts are applicable to endurance events in general. Author Matt Fitzgerald is not new to coaching; he is a professional coach, experienced endurance athlete and author of several ...more
Aug 09, 2012 David rated it liked it
interesting treatise on his advocacy of more intuitive approach to training, as opposed to following pre-scheduled workout plans. Applies this concept to a number of areas - what workouts to do on what days, trying to perfect your stride by focusing on "running beautifully" rather than doing form drills, working with and learning from your anxiety or anger rather than trying to use techniques to quell them, etc. etc.

He never uses the term "central governor" for some reason, but point of departur
Geoff P Brierley
Aug 20, 2013 Geoff P Brierley rated it it was amazing
Currently reading through this book, and I've found myself questioning some elements before making my mind up on them. With hindsight this can only be a good thing and in fact the book has so far been a most useful one to read, giving me pages of notes to consider whilst I put my own training plan together for next year.

Run is not a simple book, it covers a large range of material and requires attention to its considerable range of topics. This is only for the best however, given the quantity o
Jan 31, 2011 Margaret rated it liked it
You always have to be cautious of "experts" who tell you that every book they've written prior to the one you're reading now is wrong and that they've changed their minds and believe now that "this"...THIS is the way to go about doing things now. That's how I first felt about Matt Fitzgerald's book, and I approached the material cautiously, keeping an open mind about the information provided.

It's a good book, there's a lot of stuff in there that's pretty inherent (like, if you're tired, don't ru
Paul Deveaux
Feb 20, 2016 Paul Deveaux rated it it was amazing
Easily one of the best written books on running that I have read. The author explores the mental and emotional facets of running while still retaining the physiological elements. What Fitzgerald does is define a way to individualize training, for yourself or for an athlete you coach. A lot of other coaches will espouse this idea but not explain the parameters of individualized training. Fitzgerald does exactly that. He draws from both peer reviewed studies and anecdotes from elite runners to mak ...more
Annabelle Winters
Jan 20, 2014 Annabelle Winters rated it it was amazing
I'd recommend this book to anyone who has completed at least two marathon (or half marathon) training cycles and who wants to improve. For me, this book was an extended exercise in validation as it basically supported how I train. As with most of his work Fitzgerald makes a lot of the science (and non-science) behind accepted (and criticized) training practices accessible to the reader. I'm not sure the last chapter which summarizes the book was needed, it's basically cliff's notes of the preced ...more
Andreas Michaelides
Jun 08, 2015 Andreas Michaelides rated it it was amazing
This book taught me to use my feelings to device my running schedule, also taught me not to be so hard on myself if I didn’t do what ever the training program says.
What I got from this book is that it’s ok to run less one day and run more another day even if it's not schedule to it.
I managed with the help with his book to recognise when I had enough and when I could give more.
A highly new concept that anyone that wants to get involve or is already a runner should read and also practise and exper
Sep 18, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, running-books
I still had a few pages to go actually but the book was so good I had to give it to an athlete I coach because I kept thinking of her the whole way through. This book backs up what most good coaches and runners know: you have to listen to your body, but you also have to work hard. Knowing how to work hard but smart (not hammering on easy days for example) is a big challenge for runners. It is far to easy to fall prey to the numbers. I summarize this in my own little credo, with apologies to Mich ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Starfire rated it it was ok
Nope, sorry, Mr Fitzgerald, but your book was not what I was looking for at this time. Maybe I'm currently overread on running books; maybe with all the reading I'm having to do at work, I just need something a little less dense and demanding (maybe it's that now that I'm researching an eBook, my non-fiction reading pile is filling up too quickly with other stuff I actually NEED to read)

Whatever the story, I'm afraid this one simply didn't draw me in. C'est la via, and on to the next
Apr 21, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it
A great book for seasoned runners. Matt is a serious and continual student of running. He works hard to keep up with all of the evolving science on the oldest sport. For that reason, I would recommend whatever his latest book is most to my fellow runners. However, this book might be most applicable to a runner whom finds himself stuck in a rut or losing enthusiasm for what they once loved. Based on Matt's belief, there is real hope for both simultaneously.
May 09, 2011 ElroyStrongjaws rated it liked it
I think this book is more for type A folks who don't know how to chill and listen to their bodies. Do yoga, relax, and turn off the heart monitor! I'm not the target audience, for sure, but I like his writing and I learned a lot about the psychology of runners. And I loved the quote from the African record breaking marathoner who said at the finish line, "I could have run faster!"
Feb 03, 2017 Travis rated it really liked it
Great book on how paying attention to effort can make training not only more enjoyable but more productive.
Peter Quist
Oct 29, 2012 Peter Quist rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-it-up
This just didn't do anything for me. Found it very repetitive and in general not interesting. Too much elevated common sense. Gave up on it. Running by feel is elementary to me. Running is a body-moving action and attentiveness is key to development and enjoyment. Forget music, monitors, watches etc and just enjoy the run. "If you run on and with the earth, you can run forever".
May 20, 2014 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
One of the better running books out there. It's more concerned with the nuts and bolts of what makes training effective than it is with spoon-feeding you an approach that's guaranteed to work, and that makes it a lot more interesting than most stuff I've read on the topic.
Sep 19, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
One of the better running books I've read. It's not about plans and training so much as the mental side and improving performance by listening to your body. Much better than Fitzgerald's earlier book "Mental Training..." which was a bit ca-ca-cuckoo in places.
Jan 25, 2011 Ethan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Fitzgerald knows how to make training books fun to read. While this wasn't as good as Racing Weight, it still offered valuable advice propelled by runners' vignettes about how listening to their bodies makes them faster.
Jocelyn Gallardo
Sep 19, 2014 Jocelyn Gallardo rated it it was ok
"El acto de correr es solo una parte de ser corredor. Cada aspecto individual de su vida influye en cómo corre, desde la cantidad y calidad de su sueño, pasando por su dieta hasta el grado de autorrealización y estrés de su trabajo."
Not a great book...This is more for a professional runner who wants to take part in Olympics.
Aug 27, 2013 Molly rated it really liked it
Shelves: running, 2013
Helped me drop my pace! Geared toward a more intense runner than this girl, but great research and professional sources.
Feb 08, 2013 Casie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
More information than a novice runner like me can utilize. But what I did glean from this was very useful.
Dec 19, 2010 Jeff rated it really liked it
Interesting thoughts on running by feel instead of following a strict schedule. Worth considering.
Henry Bickerstaff
Nov 09, 2014 Henry Bickerstaff rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first half of the book. I felt the later portions of the book got away from the book's premiss.
Dec 29, 2016 Michael rated it did not like it
Started this and never got back to it.
Diego Eusse
Nov 10, 2015 Diego Eusse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buenas técnicas y lo más importante basado en muchos estudios realizados
May 26, 2012 Gregory rated it liked it
Good book about intuitive running. Get's a little dense at times.
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