Modern Training and Physiology for Middle and Long-Distance Runners

I am very happy to announce the publication of my first book, Modern Training and Physiology for Middle and Long-Distance Runners.  Followers have probably noticed a steep drop-off in new content here on Running Writings in the past few months; this is because most of my energy has gone into writing, reviewing, and editing this book! Now, after all of that, it is finally ready for release.  Modern Training is a spiritual successor to Basic Training Principles, the free booklet I released last year for young runners.  It is a comprehensive guide to formulating a training structure and, more importantly, a training philosophy that ensures improvement and development over the long term. 

As the title suggests, Modern Training and Physiology educates the reader on the most important developments in exercise physiology and training theory in the past fifty years and covers how to apply these principles to your own running.  Among the topics covered are:

  • Lactate, acidosis, and energy systems
  • Physiological adaptations to training
  • Race-specific workouts
  • Mileage levels
  • Proper recovery
  • Mental Training
  • Improving running economy
  • Structuring your running season
  • Nutrition and body size

And much more!

At 96 pages, this book requires no background in training literature or physiology.  It has everything a young runner needs to get on the right track for long-term development in high school and beyond.  But make no mistake—there's far more in Modern Training than the same platitudes about running that you've heard before, and it offers new perspectives even for veteran coaches.

Readers of this blog will find the same down-to-earth, straightforward tone in Modern Training that you see on Running Writings, and the material presented is solidly rooted in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and modern coaching theories.  There are also useful reference charts, recommended reading, and even a glossary! If you are training to run anything from the 800m to the 10k, or if you coach runners who do, you'll get concrete examples of workouts, mileage, and ancillary training, and even marathoners, triathletes, and trail runners can get a new perspective on how they approach their own philosophy of training.

Modern Training and Physiology is available on for $8.99 RIGHT NOW! If you live in Minnesota and can manage to track me down in person, I'll be able to get you a discount as well.  If you really want to help me out, post a review on Amazon after you've read it. 

If you are a book retailer or running store and would like to sell copies of my book, send me an email and I will sell and ship them directly to you for a substantial discount.  Likewise, coaches who would like to order a large number of copies (10 or more) for their athletes or their coaching staff can also get the retailer's discount—just send me a message and I'll be able to ship them directly to you!

Finally, I'd like to thank all of the friends, family, coaches, teammates, and fellow runners who supported my writing and my studies over the years, and I would also like to extend my gratitude to the individuals who helped me get photos, data, and graphs for use in the book.  And of course I would like to thank all of you, the readers of Running Writings, who gave me the platform to launch my writing career!

For readers in other countries, here are direct links to your local Amazon sites:

UK - Order Here

Italy - Order Here

Spain - Order Here

France - Order Here (currently unavailable for unknown reasons)

Germany - Order Here


About the Author

John J Davis, PhD

I have been coaching runners and writing about training and injuries for over ten years. I've helped total novices, NXN-qualifying high schoolers, elite-field competitors at major marathons, and runners everywhere in between. I have a Ph.D. in Human Performance, and I do scientific research focused on the biomechanics of overuse injuries in runners. I published my first book, Modern Training and Physiology for Middle and Long-Distance Runners, in 2013.

3 thoughts on “Modern Training and Physiology for Middle and Long-Distance Runners”

  1. Enjoyed the book. Clear writing, accessible and well-researched science, and training plans at a level of detail that is adequate but not overwhelming!


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