1:59: The Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Is Within Reach-Here's How It Will Go Down, and What It Can Teach All Runners about Training and Racing

1:59: The Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Is Within Reach-Here's How It Will Go Down, and What It Can Teach All Runners about Training and Racing

by Philip Maffetone

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Overview

What will it take to run a marathon in less than two hours?

The world’s fastest times for the marathon have been dropping since the distance of 26.2 miles was made official nearly one hundred years ago. But after a noticeable decline that occurred for a half century, the times, while still edging lower, have stalled several minutes north of two hours for the past decade.

For the first time, 1:59 examines what it will take for an elite distance runner to go sub–two hours. It will require more than raw talent, optimal body size, and great athletic genes. In order to become marathon’s Roger Bannister and smash this elusive record, this runner must follow a healthy diet and an individualized training regimen that takes advantage of specific environmental factors (“live high, train low”). Because precious seconds count over each mile run, other critical considerations include improved running form and economy, sharpened mental focus, and wearing the right type of racing flats (or even going barefoot).

The athlete who finally breaks distance running’s most tantalizing barrier will become a worldwide celebrity overnight. Will the runner be a Kenyan, an Ethiopian, an American, or a marathoner from another country? And how soon will it happen?

By providing a unique window into the highly competitive world of elite marathon running, this book also allows running enthusiasts to have a thorough understanding of the true potential of endurance athletes. And in turn, they can apply the same training and racing principles discussed in 1:59 to their own running, whether it’s a 10K, half marathon, marathon, or ultramarathon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629148373
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dr. Philip Maffetone has worked with endurance athletes for more than thirty-five years. He is the author of eighteen books on health and fitness, including The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing, and the popular textbook Complementary Sports Medicine. Some of his patients have included running guru Dr. George Sheehan, famed New Zealand coach Arthur Lydiard, marathon great Grete Waitz, and six-time Hawaii Ironman world champion Mark Allen.
Philip Maffetone has been a private practitioner, health and athlete coach and consultant, published independent researcher, respected pioneer in the field of complementary sports medicine, and internationally recognized educator and author in the fields of nutrition, biofeedback, exercise physiology, and athletic training over the course of his forty- year career. Since 1977, he has used the term “ overfat” and has recommended low-carbohydrate and healthy fat eating.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Time 7

2 K-Factor 17

3 Running Economy 31

4 Runner of One 41

5 Aerobic Speed 57

6 Overreaching vs. Overtraining 75

7 Training Schedules 91

8 Muscle Balance 111

9 Feet First 131

10 Nutrition 153

11 Live High, Train Low 179

13 Women 195

14 Brain 205

15 Going 1:59 223

Appendix A Why 26.2? 227

Appendix B 1:59 Marathon Candidates 231

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