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Run for Life: The Anti-Aging, Anti-Injury, Super-Fitness Plan to Keep You Running to 100 (Anglais) Broché – 24 février 2009


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Great Book, Bad Marketing Hook 16 mai 2009
Par Robert Trab - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Here's a backhanded compliment. On the one hand, in Run for Life author
Roy Wallack has produced what looks like a very effective life plan for
running, with new ideas and tools that ought to make you a healthier,
stronger runner. Although many ideas were new to me, I found myself
nodding to myself at times "of course that makes total sense-----I'm
going to do that from now on' ------ such as those "Ultra-Interval"
30-second sprints, which I did on land and in the pool, and felt
stronger after a week. After three weeks, I beat my best 5k time over
the last 5 years on a treadmill by 12 seconds, and wasn't even really
pushing it. I can't wait to do a real race and see what happens. On
the other hand (here comes the backhand) , Wallack shot himself in the
foot with his marketing hook of "Running to 100'--- which will make
people think the book is only for old people. Listen people: It's
definitely not. It's not even just for people over 35, "when the body's
natural deterioration begins, as Wallack puts it. I would go as far
to say that a 16-year old beginner highschool cross country runner
would do himself a lot of good to use this book as his bible. The
detail about non-heel striking form, pedulum arm swing, and barefoot
running is invaluable, and thats just the tip of the iceberg here.
But alas, "young" people ---- and I mean fit, non-injured runners under
40 probably won't pick up this book because of that "age 100" angle.
Even older runners may not, like Bill Rodgers, who in his fascinating
interview said "Run to 100? That's so far away I don't even think about
that." That said it all to a marketing man like me. Bill's over 60 now
(just finished Boston the other day in 4 hours) and has even broke a
bone his tibia due to over-running, but the "100" angle still does not
resonate with him yet. It's a shame. The book could have stood stonger
on its own without this angle. Run for Life IS a great book, engaging
from the get-go even merely as entertainment, but it's fatally flawed
marketing hook may scare away the running masses of ALL AGES who could
benefit from it.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
This Book Delivers 19 février 2009
Par L. S. Dibble - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I have seen a lot of books about how to run faster, or how to run better in specific events, but this is a book about how to run for more years without injury and about how to keep enjoying a sport that has become such a big part of my life that it is worth learning some techniques to safeguard my future ability to participate both recreationally and competitively. The book has a strong emphasis on what the author refers to as a "soft running form". He talks about his own experience learning to run soft using the e3 hand grips and some coaching. He briefly reviews the Pose method and refers to Chi running as well. He also talks about barefoot running as a way to acheive a soft running form. There is less emphasis on the downsides of these techniquees, but they are mentioned for fairness sake. I found this part of the book the least helpful since I am a forefoot/midfoot runner already, and tend to find it leads to problems with plantar fasciitis which one of his experts reports as a downside to these methods. The remainder of the book is really excellent and very motivating. There is a lot of good information about strength training/weight lifting in a way to stimulate the natural production of human growth hormone which may work to keep our bodies youthful and strong; flexibility/stretching & yoga to keep us from becoming bent out of shape, hobbled, hunched over; crosstraining to preserve our joints and prevent osteoarthritis, and other injuries; innovative ways to do interval training so we can stay fast despite getting older. There are multiple interviews with some great running pioneers. Its hard to say which is my favorite. Each has something to offer. They talk about their running careers, their injuries if they have any, their contributions to the running community, which many have made. Mostly they give their advice of how they stay fit and active and one can learn what one should avoid and what one should do to stay healthy and competitive for the duration.
10 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
This Book Changes Everything 12 avril 2009
Par Eric Greenfield - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Having read, liked, and reviewed Run for Life's sibling, Bike for Life, four years ago, and being as much runner as cyclist (triathlete, actually), I feel compelled to review the new kid. My take: It's as good or better than the old one.

Run for Life talks about a very serious subject--how to get fitter than ever and stay that way to age 100--in a very entertaining way. As a result, I raced through this 300+ page marathon of tips, clinics, interviews, magazine-style feature stories like it was a 5k. Its basic thesis is both radical and logical: Author Roy Wallack, a seriously fit 52-year-old with a wild streak of George Plimpton in him, says you can run into old age--but only if you DO NOT continue with your regular, steady-state, regimen of 65% VO2max endorphin-high running. That wears you out, causes injuries, and does nothing to fight the breakdown of your muscles, which starts around age 35-40, leaving you on the sidelines for good by 65 or 70.

Sure, you can argue that steady-state running isn't the cause of our decline, but a fact' is a fact that most running careers are over by 65. So it's worth listening when Wallack argues that, to blow through the tape on your own two feet at age 100, you have make some changes; cut out most long runs and replace them with super hard, short intervals that build-up muscle with human growth hormone, stop all heel striking (a great "soft running" tutorial here), hit the weights with great intensity, crosstrain, stretch and do posture drills (good pictures here), and run a lot in the pool. And, to show you that he isn't just making this stuff all up, Wallack interviews world-class runners who are doing all these things themselves with great success. Would you believe that the Kenyan woman who set the world record for the half-marathon last year spends three hours a week running in the pool? That's one of many examples.

Besides his "run less, run strong, run faster, run straight" plan, Run for Life has wonderful interviews with 10 Big Names of the sport, like Frank Shorter, Bill Rogers, and Rod Dixon, who all talk about their lives in running in very colorful ways, and offer great advice for staying fit as you age. An interview with a funny 84-year-old, 3-hour marathoner named John Cahill give me a couple giant belly laughs. An interview of Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the father of "Aerobics," is quite valuable, in that the 77-year Cooper distances himself from his "more is better" philosophy of the 1970's and appears to agree with the basics of Wallack's plan.

The RFL plan seems radical, but only at first. After Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 (which are about Wallack's funny adventure at the Boston Marathon, where he learned about "soft" running, and then a tutorial explaining it ), I felt like Cooper: I had to agree. If you don't EVER want to hang up your running shoes--I'm 47, and I don't!--this plan seems like a very good place to start. Even if you don't care about living to 100, if you are a runner this is a great reference tool and a very enjoyable read. I will definitely buy this book to give as gifts.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
The Perfect BORN TO RUN Companion 9 septembre 2009
Par K. Mcluckey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Now that you've read Born to Run, the bestseller by Christopher McDougall, (if you haven't you've obviously been under a rock), then you are ready for Roy M. Wallack's Run for Life. When I bought Wallack's book in March, I was blown away by the number of innovative and quite practical ideas it contains for running faster and longer, such as a "soft" running form, a vertical arm swing, the super-intervals, HGH strength-training, even barefoot running drills. Although they are hard to argue with (soft running like the Pose Method is proven to reduce impact and injuries by 50%, and personally, the vertical arm swing worked instantly for me; I felt faster on my first run). I knew that my runner friends would be too tradition-bound to try most of them. In fact that's just what happened, they were quite dismissive when I raised the subject. Typical runners.

But, then Born to Run comes along a few months later on the New York Times bestseller's list and their attitudes do a 180. They read Born to Run and suddenly they are all fascinated with once-crazy concepts like barefoot running. Suddenly they are worried about getting injured and want to run in minimal shoes like the Tarahumara Indians. It appears that "Born" has converted untold thousands to some of the same concepts that Wallack outlines in Run for Life, in quite exacting details. With many photos and drawings, Wallack's excellent manual tells you HOW to do what McDougall's excellent adventure has convinced you TO do. Bottom line: Run for Life is the perfect companion for Born to Run.
18 internautes sur 24 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Premise of high intensity sprints does not apply to older athletes 6 octobre 2009
Par Rationality and Reason - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I bought and read this book after it was mentioned positively in Runner's World. Unfortunately, there is a fundamental flaw in the book, which advocates low mileage training that includes sessions of high intensity sprints. The rationale for the sprinting is that it causes release of human growth hormone, which has multiple "anti-aging" effects. The evidence for this comes from controlled experiments, cited in the book. I took the trouble to read the original scientific papers, and found that the data were based on strictly on young persons. A follow-up study by the same scientist reported NO HGH surge in older persons, contrary to the long term "anti-aging..plan" promoted in the title. Sadly, then, the premise for this advice is based on naive reading of the scientific literature.

I am sorry to say there is nothing much new in this book. Sprint workouts can have benefits, but not the one claimed. And older runners need to approach full-out sprints with care for avoiding biomechanical injuries. The most interesting parts are the interviews with various personalities from the running world.
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