The Art and Science of Distance Running

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Matthew Buns, PhD

The Art and Science of Distance Running, by Matthew Buns PhD, prepares coaches for using evidence-based coaching methodology without being overloaded with excessive scientific jargon. Taking the reader through the entire process of leading a team, this book will help coaches at all levels to feel more confident in applying evidence-based practices that truly serve as an extension of the classroom. The first few months and years of coaching are very important. Experiences during this period can set the tone for a promising and rewarding coaching career toward growth and development. Some coaches and athletes will attempt to bypass growth and create immediate results, but long-term growth will never be established in that way. When a farmer places a seed in the ground, patience empowers that seed to grow. In the same way, sticking with positive habits and wise choices will always bring about the most fruitful harvest. As Robert Lewis Stevenson once stated, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seed you plant.” This book will help the coach grow their program using practical strategies that can be utilized from the foundation upward. Whether you are a beginning coach or a veteran, this exciting new book will provide you with a wealth of practical, researched, and field-tested information and application ideas for your situation.

In this book, you will find:
• A sound foundation in the prerequisite content knowledge needed to coach distance runners effectively
• Insights into how to become the most effective track and/or cross-country coach
• Practical information on how to enhance an athlete’s health, development, and well-being

What's inside:

Part 1: The Art of Distance Running
Chapter 1: The Growth Trajectory
Chapter 2: Running Training Methods
Chapter 3: Strength Training
Chapter 4: Preparing for Competition
Chapter 5: Coaching With Excellence
Part 2: The Science of Distance Running
Chapter 6: Psychological Preparation for Track and Cross Country
Chapter 7: Nutritional Preparation for Track and Cross Country
Chapter 8: Physiological Preparation for Track and Cross Country
Chapter 9: Biomechanical Preparation for Track and Cross Country

What others are saying:

This book has something for coaches at every level. From those individuals just starting a program to those who have been coaching for years, there is information in this exceptional book that will help you improve your program.
- Mike Henderson, Head Coach of Women's Track & Field/Men's and Women's Cross Country Cornell University

I think this book is awesome. Matthew Burs has done a wonderful job in delivering exactly what he says in the beginning concerning the purpose of this book. The Art and Science of Distance Running will be a great resource for both novice and seasoned coaches.
-Dan Ireland, Director and Head Coach of Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Columbia University in the City of New York

The Art and Science of Distance Running is a must-have resource for coaches at all competitive levels. In a step-by-step, easy-to-understand manner, the book addresses the key factors involved in successful distance running.
- Deino Scott, Head Track & Field Coach Seattle (WA) Preparatory School Author, Coach Quotes for Track and Field