“A total-body fitness plan for all distance runners from milers to ultramarathoners” Is part of the blurb on the front cover of Build Your Running Body by Pete Magill, Thomas Schwartz and Melisa Breyer.
Bob Anderson the founder of Runners World has called this book “The Best Running Book Ever” I havent read all the running books yet but when i have i will let you know if he is right or not.
The first thing i liked about this book is it's weight and size and I realise that's a bit odd but I know i will continually come back to this for some tips and references during the years to come. It feels right and is a joy to flip through. While I have read a few chapters and not the whole thing (it's not a story) the stuff that is in there is relevent, interesting and really well laid out. More than that it's a tool and something that has already put me in the right direction with questions i have been asking myself for years.
The best thing apart from the 393 photos for me is the book is referenced so well. So if it says something like ” To prevent injury in that particular area try replacing the temo run (page 43) to a slow jog” This doesn't get in the way at all.
It is packed with 10 comprehensive training programmes for runners of all levels that can be easily integrated into daily routines • Exercises to prevent injury and rehabilitate common running ailments, nutrition advice and much much more.
This really is a great book.