The Rhythm of Running

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Jim Hunt
161 pages

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.

What's inside:

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.
Mark Conover
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!
Deanne Vochatzer
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.
Rick Heflin
Head Cross Country Coach, Escalon (CA) High School (28 years)

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  • 5
    My take on Coach Jim Hunt's book is a tremendous advanced work of art for distance running. Every serious and engaging coach who wants to succeed at the highest level should dwell into the detailed aspects of "Running at a higher level". It

    Posted by Pete Petersons on Sep 10th 2018

    A must read for all distance running coaches at any level.

  • 5
    Coach Jim Hunt's book "Rhythm of Running" makes sense to me. Only wish he knew all the scientific data 50 years ago when I was being coached. It took that long to compile all this data and he finally got it down in print at the age of 92. This book

    Posted by Bill Scobey on Sep 1st 2018

    A must for distance running coaches....

  • 5
    Rythym of Running

    Posted by Darin Lasky on Jul 21st 2018

    Coach Hunt’s MANY MANY years of Coaching are condensed into this book. I have previously compiled most of Coach Hunt’s philosophies from his days coaching my dad at Fillmore to the Tuttle-Scobey-Engel days right through Conover and Grimes, to UC Davis, right through to just recently. I can say that this book covers them all and allows the coach to think OUTSIDE the traditional training and take ALL athletes to a new level. The concepts and ideas in this book make it easy for a new or veteran coach to create well rounded runners. Book is a must for those that want to achieve more in running.

  • 5
    Simply the best,

    Posted by Vincent Engel on Jun 29th 2018

    Want to run faster? This book gives you the insights from an expert coach with a rich history of success. This is serious stuff for every athlete and coach.