if i had to write a book to communicate what i have already thought, i’d never have the courage to begin it. when i write, i do it above all to change myself and not to think the same thing as before.
— michel foucault

What if we told you that the ups and downs of a woman’s hormonal roller coaster are really better understood as an ever-changing but predictable spiral? And that, with a little bit of knowledge and attention, you can analyze and even predict your running experience? Complete with menstrual cycle-based training programs, Run Like a Woman shares the secrets of the menstrual cycle to show you how to train smarter and run stronger and faster.

What happens when an American coach and exercise physiologist moves to a rural town in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley to coach a group of Kenyan runners? Part storytelling, part training guide, Coaching the Kenyans is Dr. Jason Karp’s vivid account of living, coaching, and learning in the rural, high-altitude epicenter of distance running—Iten, Kenya—with its agrarian lifestyle and the undisputed best runners in the world.

What happens if distance runners turn the traditional model of training on its head and train speed first before training endurance? What happens when runners train at the right speed rather than at the right distance? The Endurance of Speed is a revolutionary new method of training, in which you’ll learn how to train your speed first and then how to improve your endurance of speed to reach and exceed your marathon or half-marathon goals.

Running Periodization shows you how to work on your training, not just in your training. It explores different training theories and shows how to apply the lessons of biological adaptation to your training to make you a better runner. The book discusses several periodization models, including linear, reverse linear, block, and undulating, with special chapters on periodization for high school and college runners, strength training, and females.

In this transformative book based on Dr. Jason Karp’s TED talk, Work Out breaks apart the mind-body dualism that places the mind ahead of the body and treats it as the body-mind dependence that places the body ahead of the mind, explaining that when you train your body from the outside in, rather than from the inside out, profound changes occur to your brain, which stimulate your mind and your approach to life.

Through running, we fulfill our destiny as physical beings, and on the foundation of a fitter physical being, we can build a better life. The Inner Runner takes a philosophical and emotional view of running, examining how running affects every part of our lives and provides a path to a more meaningful, more creative, more productive, more confident, more healthful, and more successful life.

Also available in Spanish and Japanese.

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Track & Field Omnibook is a textbook on track and field technique and training. Every track and field event—from hurdles to high jump and distance running to decathlon—is covered in depth, and includes the history of various training approaches, the workouts of prominent coaches, and hundreds of drawings and photos to illustrate technique in the sprints, hurdles, and field events.

What is unique about people who lose weight permanently? The answer is buried deep in the National Weight Control Registry, the largest database ever assembled on individuals successful at long-term maintenance of weight loss. Lose It Forever reveals the 6 habits of the people who have lost weight and kept it off, from the research that has scientifically measured it. 

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Running is the most effective exercise to burn calories and lose weight. Run Your Fat Off shows you how to capitalize on that with all the tricks you need to lose weight and keep it off. The book includes both running workout and nutrition menus and recipes, blending scientific research with inspirational stories of people who have lost weight through running.

Running for Women uses the latest research on female-specific physiology to show women how to optimally train throughout their life. Co-written with sports medicine physician and elite ultramarathon runner Dr. Carolyn Smith, the book includes chapters on the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, nutrition, and injuries, changing the way you train and compete.

Also available in Japanese.

From the time the ancient Greek runner Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greeks’ victory in the Battle of Marathon, humans have had a compelling interest in the marathon. This comprehensive book covers everything runners need to know about the marathon, and includes 20-week training programs for beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners.

Also available in Chinese.

Sex and exercise are the best physical expressions of who we are, arising from the same primal source. The two activities are deeply imbedded in our evolutionary history, with a lack of either hurting our physical health. Using the latest sexology research, Sexercise stimulates your mind by exploring how exercise improves your sex life and stimulates your body with exercises and workouts for better sex.

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14-Minute Metabolic Workouts is the solution to everyone’s time problem, giving you amazing results in 14 minutes or less. The book includes dozens of science-based workouts that can be done at the gym, at home, or outside that target all five components of physical fitness, and puts them all together in a menu of workouts to create a complete training program.

A popular book among cross country coaches, 101 Developmental Concepts & Workouts for Cross Country Runners is divided into two parts: Part 1 presents 30 training concepts to guide runners and coaches, which lay the groundwork for the 71 workouts in Part 2, which includes workout variations and coaching points.

Most runners run races without giving much thought as to how they’re going to run the race. Successful racing takes knowledge, planning, and execution. And a little courage. 101 Winning Racing Strategies for Runners offers an insightful collection of practical pre-race, during race, and mental strategies for achieving racing success for every level of runner.

Getting a PhD isn’t easy, and the decisions you make can mean the difference between having a PhD in four years or a lot more. How to Survive Your PhD shows you how to think like a doctoral student and navigate the PhD process, from choosing your advisor and teaching classes to preparing for qualifying exams and writing the dissertation.

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