Runner's World Race Everything How to Conquer Any Race at Any Distance in Any Environment and Have Fun Doing It

Review :

This was a good book. I liked Bart Yasso's sense of humor; I found myself laughing out loud several times. I did not know that he has been a vegetarian for a long time because of his love of animals or that he has battled Lyme's Disease several times, which subsequently affected his running.

As the former Chief Running Officer for Runner's World, Bart Yasso has lead a colorful life running races all around the world (including Antarctica) and various distances (even the Badwater 146-when the race finished on Mount Whitney). Bart is also famous for the Yasso 800s workout and it was neat to learn about how he accidentally discovered it and how his Runner's World friend named it after him when he published it in the magazine in the 90s.

This was an easy read. Each chapter covers a certain distance 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultras, unconventional races, etc. Bart discusses different training strategies (e.g., speed work, hill work), lists a few of his favorite races, gives course advice for some races (like the Boston and NYC Marathons), and there are beginner and advanced training plans for each race distance. He's also a big believer in cross-training and strength training, something he attributes to giving his running longevity. He bikes a lot and has completed several Iron Man Triathlons and even qualified for and then competed in the Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

I'm always on the hunt to add in different speed workouts into my training plans, so I will definitely be filing some of the workouts in this book away for future reference


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