Understanding the Science of Training to Run Faster: An Interview With Steve Magness

steve-magnessUnderstanding the “why” behind your workouts is an often overlooked aspect of training for many runners.

Whether it’s because you are new to the sport or because you’ve read outdated or faulty advice, many runners struggle because they can’t connect the physiological with what they’re trying to accomplish on the trails, road and track.

On our podcast today to help us better understand training methodology and training science is author and coach Steve Magness.

Steve is an accomplished runner himself (he ran 4:01 for the mile in high school), a former assistant coach at the Nike Oregon Project, the author of an authoritative blog, The Science of Running, and is now the head cross country coach at the University of Houston. He has also recently published a book called The Science of Running: How to find your limit and maximize your performance.

Some of the main points that Steve and I discussed included:

  • The history of training methodology and how we have arrived at the present
  • The most overlooked aspects of training, mileage and long runs, and how to question traditional training methods
  • Steve’s book, why he wrote, and what he hopes readers will get out of it
  • A few things that Steve thinks are part of the future of training and improving performance

Steve does a great job in this interview discussing physiological topics without getting too scientific. That means it’s chock full of awesome, takeaway advice.

We’d like thank Steve for his time and wish him and his teams luck in the outdoor track season.

If anything in the interview inspires any thoughts, we’d love to hear them. We’d also love to know what you think of our podcasts. You can leave a comment here or on our iTunes page. You can also leave us a voice message at (617) 356-7969.

We look forward to your feedback and thanks for listening.

Download the Full Interview Here

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Links and resources mentioned in this interview:

The Science of Running: How to find your limit and maximize your performance.

Steve’s Science of Running blog

What You Can Learn From The History of Training Methods

Speed development: Why marathoners should sometimes train like sprinters

Teach Yourself How to Race Faster

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Coach Profile: Woldemar Gerschler

Cerutty, Percy Wells (1895–1975)

Bill Bowerman

Profile: Mihaly Igloi

Johnny Gray

Story: Lydiard, Arthur Leslie

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2 Responses on “Understanding the Science of Training to Run Faster: An Interview With Steve Magness

  1. RE: Understanding the Science of Training to Run Faster: An Interview With Steve Magness

    Can you make these podcasts available for download on the Windows 8 phone. Thanks,

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