Books and other Resources for Coaching Runners
You can just go out and run...
Or you can do the workouts necessary to win races. The basic theories of training are somewhat similar, run a lot and practice running race pace with workout faster and slower than race pace. How exactly to go about that is a little more complicated. There are a myriad of resources available and Runner's World or Running Times would be willing to overload you with every nugget of information. My goal of this page is to point you toward some of the resources that I find have been most influential in designing a running season training plan.
It all starts with Lydiard - There are hundreds of books on coaching, dozens of good ones, but only one Arthur Lydiard.
Arthur Lydiard was a New Zealander that became passionate about fitness, and competitive running, when he was middle aged in the late 1940s. From there he proceeded to become one of the best marathoners in New Zealand and coach world record holders and olympic gold medalists such as Peter Snell and Lasse Viren. There have since been other coaches that are better but he really wrote the book on how to train for competitive running. His philosophies are still sound. This is where a runner's coaching education begins.
Dr. Vigil coached at D2 Adams State as well as helping the United States win two medals at the Athens Olympic marathons. Olympic medals speak for themselves.
Physiology at Its Best - Doctors, Cellular Metabolism, Efficiency, and Other Technical Factors
These books are thick! 400+ pages are sure to give you the education you desire about how to run faster.
The first time I opened this book I had a muscle knot that injured me and this was the only resource I have ever read that discussed chronic muscle tears. Needless to say as soon as I identified the problem I was able to start treating it and within two weeks I was back to normal. This book talks about injuries and psychology more than any other book about running, as far as I know.
This is an extensive book that covers the metabolic systems involved in running very well. The scientific examples that are given in this book tie together the training philosophies of successful distance runners in a way that is thorough and yet able to be understood by a someone who is not a biologist. This book also has detailed information on Sebastian Coe, including pictures of him doing various exercises, that provides a proven example of the principals it offers.
Marathon Training: A Scientific Approach
By Enrico Arcelli and Renato Canova
Marathon training doesn't get any better than this. When I bought it it was 6 Euros ($8 US) and a scant 70 pages, but it has everything you need to run a good marathon.
These Italian Authors manage to explain why you need to run slower than marathon pace as well as faster than marathon pace and at marathon pace to run your best marathon. They explain the physiological factors, in the form of a technical summary, that influence the ability to run a fast marathon. If your goal is to finish a marathon or coach people to finish a marathon this is not for you. On the other hand If you are going to coach regional, national, or really even international marathon runners this book is entirely worth the money and time.
The Best Running Training of the Internet - Not everything good costs money.
Many runners have blogs, which are educational, but so many do not focus on the details that finding a runner or coach that blogs about their training is a little rare.
- Mamoth Lakes Inspired Core Workout
Working the middle section of your body is critical to preventing injuries.
- Running Times Training
Running Times is a pretty serious magazine and they have all sorts of good advice about training.
- Lydiard Interpreted
Lydiard was not the greatest writer or communicator and some explanation can be helpful.
- Renato Canova on Short Distance Training
This thread is enormous and has dozens of posters, not all of them are world class coaches so take much of the information with a grain of salt. Yet Renato Canova has information on training world class medalists that few coaches will ever obtain fir
- USATF Coaching Education
The USATF provides a number of coaching education certification programs to educate coaches at all levels about proper training and the state of physiology as we understand it as it applies to track and field. If you are coaching a team or coaching a
FloTrack has been covering running through videos since 2006 and has access to people and races around the world. The information and videos offers detailed insight about teams and athletes, but often that information comes in the form of one workout
Miscellaneous Coaching Philosophy Books - If an athlete races in the most competitive race in the world, the coach had something to do with it.
Want to know was workouts Olympic Gold medalists attribute their success to? Then read this book it was 75 workouts from some of the most successful runners and coaches ever.
A relative new comer to the genre of books on running training, Brad Hudson has trained a number of athletes to world class performances.
Not specifically on training and it is fiction, but it is a classic from a very good runner.
This is really a book about injury prevention through strength training.