The book 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower had me at the title! Who wouldn’t like to run slower and get faster on the road? 🙂 Matt Fitzgerald is a running and fitness expert from New Hampshire (yeah New England!). He is a runner, triathlete, and very well published writer. In 80/20 Running, he discusses the concept of running 80% of your runs at a lower intensity and only 20% at a higher intensity.
80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster By Training Slower The book begins with an overview of the 80/20 running concept and how it can help you become a faster runner. Since Fitzgerald knows that many may be skeptical or hesitant to reduce their speed for the majority of their workouts, he builds a great case to convince you to think otherwise. There are helpful tips for how to control your intensity and start running with an 80/20 framework.
After covering the basics in the first six chapters, Fitzgerald provides sample training plans for the 5K, 10K, half and full marathons. I love that there is a Level 1, 2, and 3 for each plan–lots of options based on your running experience and goals. He also touches on cross training as an alternative to adding in more miles. The Appendix also has a great detailed chart that explains the difference in levels of intensity, and how to make sure you are at the right level with the use of a heart rate monitor and rate of perceived effort (RPE).
One thing I think the book is missing is some testimonials from runners (not just elites!) who have had success using the program. While Fitzgerald mentions some individuals in passing, it would be nice to see a snapshot of their experience with the 80/20 program, i.e. what they were using before, changes in PRs, etc. Overall, it was a quick read and definitely has some information I will use in my own training!
30 Something Mother Runner received a complimentary copy of 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower for the purpose of this review. All writing and opinions are 100% my own.