Running Periodization: Training Theories to Run Faster

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Jason Karp
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How do you know the precise combination and best order of workouts that will enable you to run faster? How do you know the right time to do another workout after doing a workout on Tuesday? How do you individualize training for runners of different strengths, weaknesses, adaptive abilities, developmental ages, and time frames?

Sometimes, you need to break the rules.

In the groundbreaking book, Running Periodization: Training Theories to Run Faster, exercise physiologist, coach, and bestselling author Jason Karp, PhD, explains a variety of training theories using theoretical and historical frameworks, scientific research, and documented empirical evidence from the world's best runners to discover how to optimally train.

The book shows runners and coaches how to design training programs using several periodized approaches, including linear periodization, reverse linear periodization, block periodization, and undulating periodization, as well as how to periodize training for high school and college runners, strength training, and even a woman's menstrual cycle.

Running Periodization will make you a world-class training strategist and the best runner you can be.

What's inside:

Chapter 1: Training Adaptation
Chapter 2: Recovery
Chapter 3: Training Theories
Chapter 4: Training Volume and Intensity
Chapter 5: Introduction to Periodization
Chapter 6: Linear Periodization
Chapter 7: Reverse Linear Periodization
Chapter 8: Block Periodization
Chapter 9: Undulating Periodization
Chapter 10: Female Running Periodization
Chapter 11: High School and College Running Periodization
Chapter 12: Strength Training Periodization
Chapter 13: Altitude Training

What others are saying:

In the early days of running, we had no guidelines. Dr. Jason Karp has studied the development of training methods and has written this book to guide your development, without the training mistakes we made in those early times.
  - Gerry Lindgren, Olympian, 57-time American record holder, world record holder, and 11-time NCAA champion

This book provides the reader with a better understanding of how training works for all people. Jason has a great depth of knowledge from his personal experience in running and the research he has done over the years. This book will help runners and coaches improve their training methods and help take running to the next level.
  - Rhonda Riley, Head Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Coach/Assistant Track & Field Coach, Duke University

Periodization can be an intimidating word for any new and even some veteran coaches. In his latest book, Dr. Jason Karp translates the science into real life with logical clarity. Running Periodization guides both novice and veteran athletes and coaches through the different periodization models and how to apply them within the framework of a training plan. Writing in a conversational style, Dr. Karp answers the questions that come up in successfully managing the pieces of the puzzle for a successful season.
  - Joe Compagni, Former Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach, Monmouth University

Dr. Jason Karp has provided runners and coaches with another valuable tool to maximize performance. I wish that a book like Running Periodization existed during my career as a professional runner. If you are serious about maximizing your talent and achievingyour goals, grab a copy of Running Periodization.
  - Hazel Clark, 3-time Olympian and 6-time national champion at 800 meters

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    Have you ever been confused by periodization

    Posted by Mathew Scott on Jun 18th 2021

    Have you ever been confused with the myriad of differing periodization philosophy of distance runners out there? I have in my thirteen years coaching.

    Jason karp covers periodization fully in this text and how it relates to distance running. He has a multitude of credentials to back up his writing as well. This book will be your saving grace when you are fretting about what to do next, he helps understand the next logical step in progression.

    I strongly encourage anyone who is in the fence about buying it to buy the book. Its worth it plus the shipping and handling, and possibly more