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Richard Brown, Joe Henderson
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From customizable workouts to rock-solid running advice, Fitness Running provides workouts from one of America's most respected coaches. Together with coauthor Joe Henderson, Dick Brown lays the groundwork for a detailed approach to running that will help you increase your fitness, maintain your stamina, recover from injury, and prepare you for the races ahead.
Fitness Running offers a system of great workout advice for a variety of fitness and racing goals. In addition to customized programs and a log book format that allows you to easily record your plans and track your results, you'll get expert advice on gear and shoes and practical training tips to boost your running performance.
Brown has become an established authority on running. U.S. Olympians Suzy Favor Hamilton and Vicki Huber are just two of the top athletes he's coached in a career spanning 40 years. As both an author and a coach, Brown offers insight that few can match and know-how that few can claim. Henderson has written 24 books and, together, these running experts give you the one book that will help you get more out of your workouts and go the distance in your personal fitness goals.
Richard L. Brown, PhD, is a veteran coach and an exercise physiologist. His career began in 1963 as a three-sport coach at Bullis Preparatory School in Maryland. It continued at the United States Naval Academy, then at Mt. Blue High School in Maryland, and with the Athletics West track team as an exercise physiologist and director. In 1983, Brown was head coach of the U.S. world championship cross-country team, and he's been coaching independently ever since.
He has also served as a personal coach to an impressive list of world-class athletes, including Mary Decker Slaney, Suzy Favor Hamilton, and Vicki Huber. He is one of the few coaches to have coached athletes in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and the Paralympics. He has coached athletes in each of the last five Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000). Brown earned his PhD in exercise and movement sciences from the University of Oregon in 1992. He currently lives in Coburg, Oregon.
Joe Henderson combined his passion for running with his natural talent for writing and became one of the most prolific running writers on the planet. Although Henderson never accomplished his first career goal of becoming a high school or college running coach, through his advice in hundreds of magazines and books and in frequent speeches to running groups, he has indirectly coached thousands of runners.
Henderson was born in Illinois in 1943 and grew up in Iowa, where he began running at age 14. After graduating from Drake University in Des Moine, he began his work in running journalism at Track & Field News. Today he continues as a columnist with Runner's World and as the publisher of the newsletter Running Commentary. He has authored or coauthored 24 books including the best-selling Marathon Training as well as four others from Human Kinetics-Best Runs, Better Runs, Coaching Cross Country Successfully, and Running 101. Henderson has twice been named Journalist of the Year by the Road Runners Club of America. He is also a member of the Club's Hall of Fame. Henderson lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his wife, Barbara Shaw.
"I wanted to just keep reading! The authors' comfortable wisdom covers running improvement essentials at all levels in minimal pages. The functional format will help you reach your goals and aspirations."
Doris Brown Heritage
five-time world cross country champion and two-time Olympian
"Dick Brown is the most knowledgeable all-around coach in the country. If he can't get you to achieve your goal, no one can!"
3-time Olympian, 1500 meters
Head Track & Cross Country Coach, California State-San Marcos