Tuesday, October 23, 2012

101 Winning Racing Strategies for Runners

Many people follow complex training plans, have running philosophies, agonize over shoe and apparel choices, but fall short when planning tactical racing. Jason Karp’s book, 101 Winning Racing Strategies for Runners (Monterey, CA: Coaches Choice, 2012), aims to change that.

101 Winning Racing Strategies for Runners

It’s a slim book, totaling only 84 pages of text. Those pages, however, are crammed full of tips to make you a better racer. Tips cover themes such as: How to run smarter races; Race strategy and tactics; Winning training for racing strategies; Winning pre-race strategies; Winning during race strategies; Winning mental strategies, and more. Nothing earth-shattering or maybe even new, but collected into one easy-to-use reference guide, nice to have.

The one aspect of the book that turned me off were a few negative tips. “#45: Say something debilitating to an opponent at the starting line. #55: Box in the opponent.” Maybe I’m not aggressive or competitive enough, but race strategies that rely on negative thinking or actions seem counterproductive to me. Plenty of other, more positive tips are available for successful racing.

About the Author: Dr. Jason Karp is a nationally-recognized running coach and award-winning personal trainer, speaker, writer, and exercise physiologist. He owns RunCoachJason.com, a state-of-the-science running coaching company dedicated to helping runners meet their potential and is founder and coach of REVO2LT Running Team™. He writes for international running, coaching, and fitness magazines and scientific journals and is the author of five books. Dr. Karp has taught USA Track and Field’s highest level coaching certification and is a frequent presenter at national coaching and fitness conferences in addition to hosting his own clinics.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free to review on my blog.  I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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  1. Yeah, I'm with you on the negative stuff--no thanks! But I have "chatted" with him before via email on glycogen depletion runs and he seems to know his stuff.

  2. Maybe he was targeting more of the elite runners?

  3. I like the heel strike on the cover. :)

    Since my races are all basically just expensive social runs, I can't see me needing this book. And I'm much more likely to cheer for my opponents than anything else.


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