In The Rhythm of Running, Coach Jim Hunt provides guidelines that apply to all levels of runners including youth, high school, collegiate, and elite post-collegiate, as well as recreation and master competitors who want to improve their running and racing ability from the 800 meters to the marathon. It covers all aspects on what a person needs to do to reach their optimal genetic level of ability in competition. In particular, it includes a much-neglected phase of training, the neuromuscular aspects of running.
If you, as a runner or as a coach, want to work on all aspects of running conditioning and become a complete runner, consider using the training schemes outlined in this book. Athletes of all abilities can follow the same basic training scheme to develop their potential level of fitness. It is just a matter of making adjustments within the training scheme to fit the fitness level of each athlete.
Chapter 1: The Need to Run
Chapter 2: Teaching Fundamental Running Skills
Chapter 3: The Pace
Chapter 4: The Race
Chapter 5: Training
Chapter 6: Competition Training
Chapter 7: Racing
Chapter 8: The Role of Speed in Endurance Running
Chapter 9: A Training Program for Endurance Running, Based on Skill, Speed, and Strength
Chapter 10: Optimal Training
Chapter 11: The Beginner
Chapter 12: Workouts
Chapter 13: Warm-Up and Cool-Down Exercises
Chapter 14: The Nervous System of the Body: Understanding the Basics
Chapter 15: The Goal System
Chapter 16: Muscles Matter
Chapter 17: Strength Training for a Purpose
Chapter 18: Lactate Tolerance: Understanding the Basics
Chapter 19: Neuromuscular Power, Speed, and Efficiency: Understanding the Basics
Chapter 20: Running Progressions
Chapter 21: Principles of Training to Race in Endurance Events
Chapter 22: Exercises
What others are saying:
Coach Hunt has extensively studied variables which relate to efficient and economical running mechanics. He is at the forefront of running mechanics analysis, and has dedicated the majority of his career to assessing ways for runners to improve their form. In addition to mechanics, Coach Hunt breaks down specific drills and workouts and incorporates them into weekly, monthly, and yearly cycles. His expertise in determining proper warm-up drills, conditioning workouts, and post-workout routines helps the athlete reach peak performance. His training ideals and drills are appropriate for runners of all ages and abilities. Results from Coach Hunt’s athletes over the years speak for themselves, and are a testimony to the success of the methodology he applies to training and racing.
Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, California Polytechnic State University
Former athlete coached by Jim Hunt - Nine-time NCAA All-American, 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon Champion
I have had the great pleasure of knowing and working with Coach Hunt for over 40 years. When he coached with us at UC Davis, we would spend hours discussing the biomechanics of American distance running and where improvements could be made. This new book should be the bible for distance coaches!
Head Coach, 1996 U.S. Women's Olympic Track & Field Team
Coach Hunt has been part of running for a long time. In this book, he has articulated his knowledge in a down-to-earth, straightforward manner that will help a new coach develop a program or guide an experienced coach in refining a season for better performances. The book is full of ready-to-use techniques that will help coaches from day one.
Head Cross Country Coach, Escalon (CA) High School (28 years)