Run Strong by Andrew Read [PDF]
Break free of the gym and hit the road – with a plan. Running is the pinnacle of human movement, an ability that gave our species its competitive edge. Run Strong by coach Andrew Read is your guide to becoming strong and resilient enough to enjoy fast, sustainable, and injury-free running. Training should improve you both physically and psychologically. A lifelong competitive athlete and an accomplished coach, Andrew Read has trained hundreds of athletes and competed in numerous endurance events including a full Ironman and two half-Ironman races. Through his years of experience on both sides of the training equation, Andrew has developed and honed his training techniques and knowledge. Now, he has taken everything he’s learned about the art and science of running (and why most everyone fails at it and put it into Run Strong. As importantly as what you learn to do, you will learn what to avoid and what to watch for when you take up running. Nobody wants to be sidelined with an injury, so Run Strong puts heavy emphasis on how to stay healthy while you build up your speed and endurance. There are plenty of books out there on how to run fast and plenty more on how to run far. Now, there is a book on how to run for life.
I purchased Run Strong because I had had sore hips from some sort of strain or imbalance or both, gotten better enough to jog, overdid it, and found myself struggling to walk smoothly, and then did it all over again. I wanted some guide rails to go from walking to running, and Read provided that. I enjoyed his story of how he came to enjoy the practice of running. I found that encouraging!
Read has valuable perspective on the role more traditional strength and conditioning (I was surprised by the non-running conditioning aspect, but I think it's a neat idea, especially to help keep running intensity lower) and rehab-prehab isolation and stability exercises. I love that Read has trained for long-distance running, trained with a focus on getting stronger in the gym, and trained for martial arts, so he has first hand experience with which movements and which frequency and intensity can help an avid runner, and likewise how to supplement a strength athlete or martial artists practice with aerobic conditioning (the latter is covered more on Read's online articles and in his e-book #AgingAthlete). I also appreciate Read's quantified ledger of stress and recovery from training and recovery practices. The book provides clear cut guidance on training; recovery; strength, coordination, and conditioning; and progression and training cycles. Read's personal experiences and research helped me buy into his training perspectives. I highly recommend Run Strong.