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Run Smart


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Renowned marathon expert and leading sports scientist Professor John Brewer reveals why many of the concepts surrounding marathon training and running are wrong - and suggests how the latest sports science research transforms the way marathons should be approached.

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Professor John Brewer is Head of Applied Sports Science at St Mary's University. He is one of the UK's leading sports scientists and marathon specialists, due to his extensive research background in marathon running and his experience as a marathon runner. He is an advisor to the London Marathon, as well as a 19-time runner of the event. He is also employed as a London Marathon celebrity chaperone, assisting media personalities in completing the course. He is a regular contributor to various running magazines and is a popular media commentator on sports science having worked with a number of major sports organisations and teams, including the Football Association, England Football team, Team GB Handball team and England Cricket team. John Brewer is the author of the official London 2012 Olympic Games Track Athletics Training Guide.


Run Smart is packed with easy-to-understand, expert advice to help you to achieve your personal marathon-running objectives. -- Greg James, DJ * Radio 1 *
Packed with brilliantly clear, super smart science-based advice... Run Smart is essential reading for anyone looking to run their best and easiest marathon. * Amanda Mealing, Actress and Director *
Professor John Brewer's sound advice and scientific knowledge of marathon running proved invaluable in helping me achieve new Personal Best. * Sian Williams, News Presenter and Journalist *
Brewer is an authority on sports nutrition and explodes many myths about gels, drinks and dehydration. Overall it is packed with interesting snippets of science that make it perfect for dipping into when lounging on the sofa post-training run * Athletics Weekly *
Brewer has just published a book in which he seeks to dispel falsehoods about running and explain to beginners of any age how they can improve their technique quickly and easily, especially if training for a marathon -- Tom Ough * Telegraph *
Pick up a copy of Run Smart, which has lots of advice to help you get in shape * Scotsman *
If you have a thirst for knowledge of all-things-running, this is the book for you. * Outdoor Fitness magazine *
A scientific guide to marathon running, offering up advice on nutrition and training designed to optimise your preparation for the 26.2- mile endeavour... [the book] breaks down the hardships the journey entails and prevents you from committing time and effort into the wrong areas * Trail Running *
This book covers every, and we mean every, aspect of running a marathon you could ever need to know... Let Professor Brewer ease away your worries, debunk those running myths and set you on the road to marathon success. * Women's Running *
First time running or want a refresher? Run Smart answers all of your queries on the best way to prepare. * Audible *
If you've got a marathon goal in sight, read this book. It's packed with cutting-edge research that could make preparing for and running 26.2 miles easier. * Health and Fitness *
Excellent book. * Sir Clive Woodward *
Although this book focuses on marathon running... its content is relevant to all distance runners... If your appetite is for scientific based advice, this book is for you. * Athletics Weekly *

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