Last but certainly not least is my review of Running workouts for runners and triathletes by Bobby McGee. This half sized book is ideal for traveling and printed on waterproof spiral bound cards. Inside this book you’ll find everything you need to either build a custom running program, or refine your current program. Also included are three levels of sample run programs for 5 k, 10 k, 1/2 and full marathons, plus Sprint through Ironman.
McGee explains precisely how runners can determine their training paces and how to balance hard days with easy days. Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes includes new takes on the workouts that all runners and triathletes should practice and master, such as track repeats, hill running, and interval training. In addition to these classic approaches, McGee includes workouts that reflect his unique and highly successful methodology.
Take it from someone who was looking for new ways to drop my run times, this book delivers a lot of options and great insights on stock program design. From beginner to elite, the book covers training tips and specific workouts utilizing paces, RPE or heart rate. Comparing it to another book I reviewed (to be posted) by Jeff Galloway, this book promises running info and delivers, where Galloway loses the plot and never delivers beyond the first 1/3 of the book.
There are multiple concise pages of workouts and run tests, as well as key warm up tips developed by Coach McGee. What I did not like was the use of lots of abbreviations and running lingo that I think makes it difficult to follow for non runners. I often have to go back look up what an acronym means, which can be tedious. All that aside, the book has proven valuable when designing my run and TRI plans, and served an important role in my wife’s first 1/2 marathon. Plus, if you’re in need of a quick workout, you can easily find something to suit your needs. This book is a solid A!