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.


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 Perioization

Chapter 11: High School and College Running Periodization

Chapter 12: Strength Training Periodization

Chapter 13: Altitude Training

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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