Why you should read these books

Most books on running are aimed at a mass audience of novice runners. The topics are time-tested and predictable: shoes, injuries, stretching, nutrition, and running your first marathon. But these books do not meet the needs of runners who want an in-depth understanding of adaptive training and effective racing.

Here you’ll learn about two excellent books: 5k and 10k Training and Running by Feeling. These books will give you a thorough grounding in the discipline of endurance athletics so you can train yourself intelligently and race effectively.

The fun of running is in the sport of it. If you want to enhance your experience of running, try looking at it from a completely unique perspective.

5k and 10k Training

$17.95 USD

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5K and 10K Training describes how to read your body for best racing results. You’ll learn how to understand your training in terms of the fundamental building blocks of adaptation—effort and energy.

No runner can adapt to the stress of training without coordinating workout effort with daily fluctuations in running energy. 5K and 10K Training will teach you how to optimize the effort of your workouts for injury-free training and improved racing performance.

Written for beginner and intermediate runners, 5K and 10K Training can provide dedicated athletes with the necessary conceptual tools for effective training and racing at the two most popular racing distances. Other books are compendia of training tips; this book is a cogent explication of the hard-easy system.

5K and 10K Training will lead you through a process of establishing a progressive training program. Brian Clarke taps into his 40 years of competitive running and coaching experience to present this comprehensive training guide. Sample programs and detailed instructions demonstrate how to tailor a 5K or 10K training program to suit your needs and goals.

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What the Reviewers are Saying About 5k and 10k Training:

“Brian Clarke makes complex training systems easy to understand. His tables and charts will guide you to optimize your training effort while guaranteeing that you find a personal best training program.”
Amby Burfoot
Executive Editor, Runner’s World

5k and 10k Training will teach you how to:

  • Take charge of your training program
  • Train at your most productive level
  • Use a heart rate monitor to build ability
  • Train periodically and progressively
  • Run faster more effective races
  • Contents:
  • Understanding Effort and Energy
  • Structuring Racing Effort
  • Practicing the Five Racing Abilities
  • Scheduling Workout Effort
  • Balancing Effort and Fatigue
  • Programming Your Training
  • Designing Workouts to Build Ability
  • Tailoring 5K and 10K Programs
  • Tracking Your Progress

Running By Feeling: A Year on the Racing Comeback Trail

$24.95 USD

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Every serious runner has struggled with the problem of finding the optimum range between too much and too little training.
Running by Feeling takes the reader into the mind of an everyman endurance athlete—one who sometimes finds that optimum range and races well, and sometimes becomes obsessed with training and injures himself in his haste to achieve his goals.

In the story of his 1994 racing come-back at age fifty, Brian Clarke presents a compelling study of ambition tempered by a growing sense of his adaptive limits. Along the way, he exposes the pitfalls of competitive running and reveals a new way of thinking about the training process.

Running by Feeling describes the fundamental adaptive experience in readable terms. Its central thesis? We cannot adapt to the stress of running unless we adjust our training to the way we feel. Using scales to measure effort and energy, Clarke demonstrates how to make training decisions that lead to injury free running and improved racing performances.

This book answers the following questions: What is a hard workout and how can I run them without becoming injured or exhausted? How can I use a heart rate monitor to build racing abilities? How can I measure adaptation? How can I run great races?
The text is illustrated with thirty-four drawings that clarify abstract ideas. Each chapter has a synopsis that defines key terms, develops theoretical tenets and answers practical “how to” questions.

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What the Reviewers are Saying About Running by Feeling:

“If you are still looking for the path between useless laxity and destructive overtraining, Brian Clarke has defined this optimum zone. Employing scales that quantify our running labor, he measures precisely how it feels to train just right.”
Kenny Moore
1968-72 Olympic Marathoner; Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

“This is a captivating story of personal transformation and effective training. Reading it will teach you to regulate your workouts based on how you feel. Any endurance athlete can use this system, from fitness joggers and recreational racers, to Olympic marathoners.”
Gar Williams
Former AAU Marathon Champion; Former President, Road Runners Club of America

“Running by Feeling is not just a seasonal approach to the sport. It’s the key to running for a lifetime. Many runners have abused themselves in the pursuit of short-term gain and are now former runners. Had they followed Clarke’s advice, those former runners would still be enjoying the sport.”
Mike Tymn
Four-Time National Masters Champion; Contributing Editor, National Masters News
Running by Feeling can assist you to
Optimize your workout efforts
Schedule your training for maximum energy
Structure your workouts to build five racing abilities
Use a heart rate monitor to measure adaptive progress
Find psychological balance in training and racing
Breakthrough to great racing performances


    Workout Effort and Running Energy

  1. A Preliminary Skirmish
  2. The Commitment to Hard Training
  3. Measuring Workout Effort
  4. Measuring Running Energy
  5. Dealing with Injury
  6. Adaptive Value Building Ability
  7. The Target Ranges
  8. Power, Form and Balance
  9. Stamina—The Base Ability
  10. Tempo Intervals
  11. 11. The Endurance Cornerstone
  12. Speed—The Icing on the Cake
    The Racer as Hero

  1. The Mental Side of Racing Adaptation
  2. Double Workouts
  3. A New Training Base
  4. Minimizing Shock
  5. Measuring Adaptation
  6. Intervals and Adaptation
  7. Avoiding Exhaustion
    Theory and Practice

  1. Peaking for a Goal Race
  2. A Strange Victory
  3. The Play Spirit in Running