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Begin losing 5, 10, or 20+ pounds in 4, 6, or 8 weeks!
A companion to Racing Weight, the best-selling weight-loss book for endurance athletes
If you’re like most endurance athletes, you’re concerned about your weight. You know that every extra pound slows you down.
Now the author of Racing Weight can help you get a jump on next season. Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight Quick Start Guide applies all the principles of his best-selling book Racing Weight in a detailed set of weight-loss training plans. You will devote 4 to 8 weeks to starting a weight loss of 5, 10, or 20+ pounds.
Lose weight quickly by following a schedule of high-intensity workouts and strength training as well as a menu of calorie-restricted, high-protein meals and snacks. Low-volume and high-volume plans make it possible for cyclists, runners, and triathletes with a wide range of experience to maintain their training levels. Replace fat with muscle while keeping your appetite in check.
Once you’ve hit your quick start weight-loss goals, you will continue dropping unwanted pounds using the proven strategies of the Racing Weight program. Zero in on your racing weight through improved diet quality, balanced macronutrient levels, proper timing of meals and snacks, appetite management, and training for lean body composition.
The Racing Weight Quick Start Guide will accelerate your season goals so you’ll be racing leaner and faster than ever before.
Matt Fitzgerald is the author of Racing Weight, the first book on weight loss for endurance athletes, and numerous other books on running, triathlon, nutrition, and weight loss. He has been a contributor to Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Outside, Runner’s World, Bicycling, Running Times, Triathlete, Women’s Running, and other sports and fitness publications. Fitzgerald is a featured coach on TrainingPeaks.com and Active.com. He is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) licensed by the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He lives and trains in San Diego, California.
“This companion to Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight offers a detailed set of integrated nutrition, training, and weight-loss plans geard to help you lose weight quickly.” — Canadian Running magazine
“Racing Weight Quick Start Guide offers a fast, safe, and thoughtful way to lose weight and still maintain your base level of fitness.” — Tri Juice
Matt Fitzgerald has the solution for athletes looking to shed extra pounds. By combining a menu of high-protein, sensible meals and snacks with a sport-specific training program, endurance athletes can lose weight quickly and start racing leaner and faster than ever.
Endurance athletes will put into practice the research-based findings of Fitzgerald’s best-selling book, Racing Weight. Choosing from three plans based on different weight-loss goals ranging from 5 to 20+ pounds, endurance athletes will build muscle and burn fat as they close in on their optimal weight in just 4, 6, or 8 weeks. With every pound they lose, endurance athletes will become more efficient at the sports they love, and ultimately realize the rewards of improved speed and performance.
Matt Fitzgerald is a prolific health and fitness journalist and author of several books on fitness, nutrition, and weight loss, including The Runner's Diary, Brain Training for Runners, and Performance Nutrition for Runners. Fitzgerald is also a featured coach with the online training group Training Peaks, where he creates interactive training plans for runners and triathletes.
Endurance athletes will put into practice the research-based findings of Fitzgerald’s best-selling book, Racing Weight. Choosing from three plans based on different weight-loss goals ranging from 5 to 20+ pounds, endurance athletes will build muscle and burn fat as they close in on their optimal weight in just 4, 6, or 8 weeks.
Most serious runners don’t realize their potential. They simply stop getting faster and don’t understand why. The reason is simple: most runners are unable to run by feel. The best elite runners have learned that the key to faster running is to hear what their bodies are telling them.
Drawing on new research on endurance sports, best-selling author Matt Fitzgerald explores the practices of elite runners to explain why their techniques can be effective for all runners. RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel will help runners reach their full potential by teaching them how to train in the most personalized and adaptable way.
Fitzgerald’s mind-body method will revolutionize how runners think about training, their personal limits, and their potential. RUN explains how to interpret emotional and physical messages like confidence, enjoyment, fatigue, suffering, and aches and pains. RUN guides readers toward the optimal balance of intensity and enjoyment, volume and recovery, repetition and variation. As the miles add up, runners will become increasingly confident that they are doing the right training on the right day, from one season to the next.
RUN marks the start of a better way to train. The culmination of science and personal experience, the mind-body method of running by feel will lead runners to faster, more enjoyable running.
This is the first book to specifically address the unique weight management needs of 42 million Americans who compete in endurance sports. Author Matt Fitzgerald shows how athletes can identify their optimal weight and body composition, and follow a 5-step plan to get lean for faster racing and better health.
Most endurance athletes are concerned about their weight. They know that every extra pound slows them down. Yet normal dieting and fad weight-loss programs don’t work for athletes who need to fuel their training.
Cyclists, runners, triathletes, and swimmers need Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight Quick Start Guide, the first weight-loss training plan for endurance athletes. By applying all the principles of his best-selling book Racing Weight, endurance athletes will accelerate their season goals and race leaner and faster than ever before.
Athletes will devote 4 to 8 weeks to starting a weight loss of 5, 10, or 20+ pounds. The weight will come off quickly by following a schedule of high-intensity workouts, strength training, and a menu of calorie-restricted, high-protein meals and snacks. Low-volume and high-volume training plans help athletes maintain fitness even while they focus on weight loss.
With the Racing Weight Quick Start Guide, endurance athletes can lose weight quickly and get a jumpstart on reaching their performance goals.
Matt Fitzgerald is a prolific journalist and an authority on sports nutrition and endurance sports. Since 2005, he has authored 10 books, including Brain Training for Runners and The Runner’s Body. He lives in San Diego, CA.
Endurance athletes are weight-conscious and given the miles and hours spent training, there’s a lot at stake. Weighing in just five or ten pounds over the ideal weight can dramatically impact race results. Author Matt Fitzgerald shows athletes how to identify their optimal weight and body composition to realize their goals. This 5-step plan to get lean is the key to faster racing and better health. With tools to improve diet, manage appetite, and time important nutrients, Racing Weight will inspire and equip athletes to make the subtle changes they need to start their next race at their optimal weight.
Whether they're training for a marathon or just trying to stay in shape, runners log hundreds of miles every year. "The Runner's Diary" gives them a place to keep track of them all. Inspired by VeloPress' best-selling training diaries for triathletes and cyclists, this comprehensive journal allows athletes to record all the information they need to stay on target with training goals and to better understand their performance. With ample space to note distance, pace, heart rate, and effort level, runners can review their entire season or refer back to earlier workouts. Room for tracking daily vital signs like resting heart rate, soreness, and quality of sleep and nutrition helps runners keep tabs on their overall health, while a race section with space for dates, distances, and times helps them chart their progress.
Most runners have become trained to ignore their sense of feel, which is the most powerful training tool a runner can use. By stripping away the math and gadgetry that has controlled modern training, RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel will help runners break out into faster, more enjoyable training and racing.
About the Author
“The elements and philosophy laid out in RUN were fundamental and played an essential role in my overall success throughout my career as a self-coached athlete. The ability to run by feel is a learned skill and without the capacity to self assess and adjust your training intuitively, you will inevitably fall short of your potential.” — Alan Culpepper, 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympian, sub 4-minute miler, sub 2:10 marathoner
“ASICS was onto something when it chose its new name, a Latin abbreviation for ‘a sound mind in a sound body.’ This philosophy is the key to unlocking all the potential we hold. From my first race in junior high gym class to competing in the 2008 Olympic Marathon, I have found that the stronger my mind and spirit are, the further I am able to push myself. Any runner interested in maximizing potential must study the mind-body connection or their journey will not be complete.” — Ryan Hall, 2008 Olympian and two-time American record holder
“In his latest book, Matt Fitzgerald successfully explains the mind-body method of running. While this concept can be difficult to understand, Fitzgerald describes it in a way that will speak to beginners and elite runners alike. Anyone trying to improve and realize their true running potential should read Run.” — Kara Goucher, 2008 Olympian and World Championship medalist
“Run is full of information that will help all runners start training by feel. Once you learn to trust your instincts in training, your injuries will decrease and your personal records will fall.” — Amy Yoder Begley, 2008 Olympian and four-time U.S. national champion
“The coach knows what to do, the scientist tells us why. Fitzgerald’s Run artfully and responsibly blends scientifically grounded supportive research and convincing anecdotal evidence into a message that those of us who take running seriously must heed. Now the U.S. can learn the true secrets of the great African runners: That voice in your head that says, “Too much, too little, too hard, too easy”, despite what the device on your wrist says, is probably right!” — Bobby McGee, renowned running coach and author of Magical Running and Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes
“As a long-time proponent of effort-based training, I highly recommend Run: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel. The reader will learn the most important concept in all of training—how to connect effort with pace. Using the techniques and ideas in this book, runners can expect more consistent training and racing results without the worry of external feedback from devices like GPS and heart rate monitors. I use effort-based training with the beginning runners, middle of the packers, and Olympians I coach and recommend all runners learn this valuable technique.” — Greg McMillan, M.S., McMillanRunning.com online coach
“After years of searching science journals for secret workouts and fitness techniques, Matt Fitzgerald has decided that the brain is the ultimate training tool. In this insightful and evidence-based book, he challenges us to achieve our potential by enjoying every run and race, even as we accept the pain.” — Amby Burfoot, editor at large, Runner's World; 1968 Boston Marathon winner
Table of Contents
1. Targeting Your Racing Weight
2. The Racing Weight System
3. Quick Start Overview
4. Quick Start Meals and Snacks
5. Quick Start Meal Plans
6. Quick Start Workouts
7. Plans for Cyclists
8. Plans for Runners
9. Plans for Triathletes
10. Putting It All Together
About the Author