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Chasing Excellence - A Story About Building the World's Fittest Athletes (Paperback): Ben Bergeron Chasing Excellence - A Story About Building the World's Fittest Athletes (Paperback)
Ben Bergeron
R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Russian Affair - The True Story of the Couple who Uncovered the Greatest Sporting Scandal (Hardcover): David Walsh The Russian Affair - The True Story of the Couple who Uncovered the Greatest Sporting Scandal (Hardcover)
David Walsh 1
R578 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R199 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It was the story that shocked the world: Russian athletics was revealed to be corrupt from top to bottom, with institutionalised doping used to help the nation's athletes win medals they did not truly deserve. But the full story of the couple who blew the whistle has never been told - until now. Vitaly Stepanov worked for the Russian anti-doping squad, committed to his job; Yuliya Rusanova was one of the country's most promising 800m athletes. When they met, he fell in love with her; she revealed she was taking performance-enhancing drugs. It could have been the end of their relationship, but instead they decided they would reveal the scale and the scope of the corruption in Russian athletics - the bribes, the drugs, the abuse. At enormous personal risk to their marriage and even their lives, they recorded and filmed athletes and officials involved in the scandal, and then escaped to Germany to pass on their devastating evidence. Now, with award-winning journalist David Walsh, the man who broke the Lance Armstrong story, they reveal the full truth of what went on in Russia, and the corrupt system that surrounded everything they did. But The Russian Affair is so much more than an unrivalled account of the biggest sporting scandal, it is a warm and human story of a couple fighting to tell the truth and to save their family at the same time, while facing seemingly insurmountable odds.

Chi running - A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running (Paperback, Ed): Danny Dreyer Chi running - A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running (Paperback, Ed)
Danny Dreyer; As told to Katherine Dreyer
R251 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R85 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Even the most minor of injuries can sideline a runner from being active for an extended period of time; some are even determined to run through the pain and risk injuring themselves further. Danny Dreyer's technique, ChiRunning, can help prevent these injuries and promote the ability to run faster, farther, and with less effort at any age. ChiRunning employs the deep power reserves in the core muscles of the trunk, an approach that evolved out of such disciplines as yoga, Pilates, and t'ai chi. Dreyer's training principles are broken down step-by-step to accommodate all levels of runners.

In Black And White - The Untold Story Of Joe Louis And Jesse Owens (Paperback, Re-issue): Donald McRae In Black And White - The Untold Story Of Joe Louis And Jesse Owens (Paperback, Re-issue)
Donald McRae
R321 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R91 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

WINNER OF THE 2002 WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE. In 1936 athlete Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics and, two years later, boxer Joe Louis won a crushing victory to become heavyweight champion of the world. Despite their fame and success, both men would find themselves barred from certain hotels and would have to eat outside restaurants because of the colour of their skin. However. by their example, they gave hope to millions of black people around the world as they became the first black superstars. In Donald McRae's award-winning dual biography, which includes a brand new chapter, he compiles a brilliant portrait of the two men, who became close friends despite their very different career paths: within days of Olympic glory, Owens was banned from competing again, and was forced to spend his days racing against horses to earn a living before becoming a spokesman for the sporting ideal. Meanwhile Louis won and lost a fortune, eventually battling with drug addiction and mental illness. His vivid account of their lives away from the public eye, and the era in which they lived, is compelling and tragic.

North - Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail (Paperback): Scott Jurek North - Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail (Paperback)
Scott Jurek; As told to Jenny Jurek 1
R399 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Above the Clouds - The Nature of Mountains, the Terrain of an Athlete, and How I Carved My Own Path to the Top of the World... Above the Clouds - The Nature of Mountains, the Terrain of an Athlete, and How I Carved My Own Path to the Top of the World (Hardcover)
Kilian Jornet; Translated by Charlotte Whittle
R671 R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Save R136 (20%) Pre-order

The most accomplished mountain runner of all time contemplates his record-breaking climb of Mount Everest in this profound and free-flowing memoir-an intellectual and spiritual journey that moves from the earth's highest peak to the soul's deepest reaches. The world's fastest mountain climber, ultra-runner, and mountaineer, Kilian Jornet has broken nearly every mountaineering record in the world and twice been named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. In 2018 he burnished that legend, setting the FKT (fastest known time) ascending and descending Mount Everest-in twenty-six hours from base camp-without bottled oxygen or ropes. What drives a person to the edge of one of the most difficult and revered mountains in the world? How much is one willing to sacrifice and suffer to pursue an authentic and bold life? Jornet ponders these questions as he recounts one remarkable year in the life of the mountain, exploring Everest's changing nature over four seasons and his own existence. Above the Clouds silhouettes a complex and dedicated runner at the peak of his physical prowess who must choose between the safe and certain or the adventurous and perilous. As he recounts a life spent studying, tending, and ascending the greatest peaks on earth, Jornet ruminates on what he has found in nature-simplicity, freedom, and spiritual joy-and offers a poetic yet clearheaded assessment of his relationship to the mountain . . . at times his opponent, at others, his greatest muse. In this sweeping, soulful journey-the flip side of stories like Into Thin Air-Jornet illuminates with beauty and brilliance what it means to be an athlete, a competitor, and a human facing the greatest life challenges-for him, the mountain he yearns to climb and honor.

Abel Kiviat, National Champion - Twentieth-Century Track and Field and the Melting Pot (Hardcover): Alan S. Katchen Abel Kiviat, National Champion - Twentieth-Century Track and Field and the Melting Pot (Hardcover)
Alan S. Katchen
R829 R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Abel Kiviat (1892-1991) was one of track and field's legendary personalities, a world record-holder and Olympic medalist in the metric mile. A teenage prodigy, he defeated Hall of Fame runners in Madison Square Garden before his twentieth birthday. Alan S. Katchen brings Kiviat's fascinating story to life and re-creates a lost world, when track and field was at the height of its popularity and occupying a central place in America's sporting world. The seventh and oldest child of Moishe and Zelda Kiviat, Jewish immigrants from Poland, Abel competed as 'the Hebrew runner' for New York's famed Irish-American Athletic Club and was elected its captain. Katchen offers a detailed account of the I-AAC's evolution, including its close ties to the Tammany Hall political machine, and sheds light on the rapid modernization of the sport and the ways it provided a vehicle for the assimilation of working-class, immigrant athletes. Overcoming bigotry and prejudice from several of the sport's leaders, Kiviat served for fifty years as the Amateur Athletic Union's press steward during the emergence of broadcast media. He died at ninety-nine, just months short of carrying the torch for the opening ceremonies of the Barcelona Olympics. Abel Kiviat, National Champion pays tribute to a remarkable athlete and the sport during its most dynamic and celebrated era.

Running With Pheidippides - Stylianos Kyriakides, The Miracle Marathoner (Hardcover, 1st ed): Nick Tsiotos Running With Pheidippides - Stylianos Kyriakides, The Miracle Marathoner (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Nick Tsiotos
R706 R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It is 1946. World War II is over. As the rest of Europe struggles to rebuild itself, Greece--which had bitterly resisted Nazi occupation--is ripped apart by civil war. Thousands are dead or dying of starvation. In the face of such epic disaster, one Greek athlete takes valiant action. This is the true story of Stylianos Kyriakides, champion Greek runner who against all odds entered the 1946 Boston, Marathon, a race he had lost eight years before. Now Kyriakides ran not just to win, but to wake the world to the plight of his people. Although ravaged by hunger, Kyriakides pushed his wracked body to the limits. Boston doctors urged him to quit. "You will die in the streets," they warned. Fueled by dauntless devotion to his countrymen and bolstered by the love of his wife, the runner persevered and triumphed. But winning the marathon was only the first step. With characteristic grit, Kyriakides remained in the United States long enough to raise money, equipment, and medical supplies for his country. A grateful Greece proclaimed him a hero. Nearly one million welcomed him home. Drawing on interviews and unprecedented access to family photos and papers, the authors vividly chronicle the real-life drama of Kyriakides: a runner who raced not for gold or glory, but for the betterment of his people and the survival of his homeland. From the shadowy Berlin Olympics to the dark days of Nazi Greece and its aftermath, Running with Pheidippides speaks vividly of war and deprivation, of athletic competition and camaraderie, of genuine valor in a world bereft of heroes. "For those of us who were young and Greek-American," recalls former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, "his victory in the 1946 Boston Marathon and the response of so many Americans to his pleas for help for his people was one of the most searing experiences of our young lives."

London 2012 Training Guide Athletics - Track Events (Paperback): John Brewer London 2012 Training Guide Athletics - Track Events (Paperback)
John Brewer 1
R285 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R95 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This training book is the perfect introduction to the Olympic Athletics track events and will prove an indispensable guide for both the keen beginner and club athlete. Written by a leading sports scientist and fully illustrated with over 50 specially commissioned diagrams, this official book gives an overview of each track event and covers training safety, tactics and techniques, and standards of performance to aim for. Whether you are a beginner who simply wants to try a new sport or a budding Olympian who dreams of one day winning a gold medal, this concise and easy-to-use book will take you to the next level.

The Looniness of the Long Distance Runner - An Unfit Londoner's Attempt to Run the New York City Marathon from Scratch... The Looniness of the Long Distance Runner - An Unfit Londoner's Attempt to Run the New York City Marathon from Scratch (Hardcover)
Russell F. Taylor 1
R450 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R172 (38%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Looniness of the Long Distance Runner is one comparatively unfit 39-year old Londoner's humorous account of his attempt to run the New York marathon from scratch. (He chose the pre-Thanksgiving race in the Big Apple to avoid adding to his ordeal by having to train during the British winter.) Inspired by the charity running of friends, Russell Taylor set himself the challenge of doing what Pheidippides first had done. But to spare himself the post-event trauma of trying to extract money from the reluctant grasp of his sponsors, he decided to write a book about his experiences and donate the royalties to charity instead. This book follows our intrepid road-runner from the treadmills of a north London gymnasium via his first tentative fun run to the mean streets of the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan. Along the way, we encounter indescribably tasteless isotonic drinks, sweaty singlets, sports injuries, personal bests, split times, anxious queuing for the public toilets and an unfeasibly large quantity of bananas. We also discover what lurks within the breast of the endurance athlete: an unreasonable hatred of his fellow runner (except the nubile females of the species), a contempt for the idiocy of stadium announcers and a strange fear of spectators who line the route inanely shouting "Keep Going!" by way of encouragement. The narrative is interspersed by jocular reviews of films about running - not least The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - and a tongue-in-cheek description of the history of the marathon from its Ancient Greek origins to its modern-day revival as an Olympic event. Written with considerable panache and a self-deprecating sense of humour, this illuminating tale of obsessive and foolhardy sporting endeavour will make entertaining reading for (in descending order of athletic accomplishment) manic ultra-marathon runners, dedicated pavement pounders, occasional joggers and the simply curious alike.

Spirit Run - A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land (Hardcover): Noe Alvarez Spirit Run - A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land (Hardcover)
Noe Alvarez
R606 R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Catholic Runner - 30 Days of Motivation and Inspiration (Paperback): Chris Easterly The Catholic Runner - 30 Days of Motivation and Inspiration (Paperback)
Chris Easterly
R340 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R67 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Track in the Forest - The Creation of a Legendary 1968 Us Olympic Team (Hardcover): The Track in the Forest - The Creation of a Legendary 1968 Us Olympic Team (Hardcover)
R643 R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Save R130 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Shoe Dog - A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (Paperback): Phil Knight Shoe Dog - A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (Paperback)
Phil Knight
R477 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Fastest Men on Earth - The Story of the Men's 100 Metre Champions (Hardcover): Neil Duncanson Fastest Men on Earth - The Story of the Men's 100 Metre Champions (Hardcover)
Neil Duncanson
R553 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R189 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It takes just under 10 seconds to run, but to the winner of Athletics' men's 100 metres goes the accolade of 'The Fastest Man on Earth'. "The Fastest Men on Earth", first published in 1988 as a tie-in to the "Thames Television" series of the same name, is reissued in a new, exciting format, fully revised and updated to include the incredible men's 100 metres final at the Beijing 2008 Games. Each chapter discusses not only the race itself, but also the preliminary rounds, dramas and controversies and includes interviews with all the key players, not just the champion. Immaculately researched and written in an entertaining style "The Fastest Men on Earth" brings to life some of the greatest athletes who ever set foot on a running track.

20 Years Crisis 1919-1939 (Paperback, 450th): Charles Robert Meyer 20 Years Crisis 1919-1939 (Paperback, 450th)
Charles Robert Meyer
R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Two Hours - The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon (Paperback): Ed Caesar Two Hours - The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon (Paperback)
Ed Caesar
R371 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R25 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Healthy Running Step by Step - Self-Guided Methods for Injury-Free Running (Paperback): Roy M Wallack, Robert Forster Healthy Running Step by Step - Self-Guided Methods for Injury-Free Running (Paperback)
Roy M Wallack, Robert Forster
R502 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R133 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Healthy Running Step by Step will help runners of all ages and abilities understand why running injuries occur, how to prevent them, and how to speed up recovery. Injuries plague the majority of runners, wrecking training plans and cutting running careers short by decades, but they are not inevitable. Authors Robert Forster, P.T., and Roy M. Wallack explain that nearly all running injuries can be rehabilitated quicker and even avoided altogether with the right training, strengthening, stretching, running form, and diet strategy. Drawing from Forster's three decades of training and treating Olympic athletes and more than 10,000 runners at his award-winning Santa Monica, California, physical therapy and high-performance centers, this book emphasizes that better performance is inextricably bound to injury reduction and that a comprehensive, science-based training plan with built-in anti-injury "insurance" must include these crucial elements: Periodization training Proper technique and footwear Nutrition Posture and flexibility Strength training This book also includes detailed, step-by-step rehabilitation matrixes for the five most common running injuries: IT band syndrome, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and hamstring injuries. Using these unique matrixes as your guide, you'll recover from injuries more quickly and understand what you need to do to prevent their reoccurrence. Healthy Running Step by Step is a must-have guide if you've ever been injured, are recovering from an injury, want to prevent injuries, or run injury-free for decades to come.

Olympic Collision - The Story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd (Hardcover): Kyle Keiderling Olympic Collision - The Story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd (Hardcover)
Kyle Keiderling
R676 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R136 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It remains one of the most memorable moments in modern Olympic history. At the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles, a raucous crowd of ninety thousand saw their favorite in the women's 3,000-meter race, Mary Decker, go down. An audience of two billion around the world witnessed the mishap and listened to the instantaneous accusations against the suspected culprit, Zola Budd. Just seventeen, the South African Budd had already been the target of a vicious and vocal campaign by the antiapartheid lobby after she transferred to the British team in order to compete at the games. Decker, at twenty-six, was America's golden girl, ready to overcome years of bad luck and injuries to rightfully take the Olympic gold for which she had waited so long. With three laps to go, Decker and Budd's feet became tangled. Decker went down and didn't get up, wailing in primal agony as her gold medal hopes vanished. Decker's stumbles continued in the race's aftermath when she refused Budd's apology and race officials found her, not Budd, at fault for the collision. Although both women found success after the Olympics, neither could escape the long shadow of the infamous event that forever changed both of their lives and defines them in popular culture to this day. Olympic Collision follows Decker and Budd through their lives and careers, telling the story behind the controversy; the account that emerges is certain to revise the view Americans, in particular, have held since that fateful day in Los Angeles more than thirty years ago. Olympic Collision relives one of the most famous incidents in Olympic history, its legacy, and what has happened to both athletes since.

COMPETE Training Journal (Tangerine Edition) (Paperback): Lauren Fleshman, Roisin McGettigan-Dumas COMPETE Training Journal (Tangerine Edition) (Paperback)
Lauren Fleshman, Roisin McGettigan-Dumas
R527 R428 Discovery Miles 4 280 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Nothing makes a runner feel quite so alive as the pre-race jitters. Racing is when you find out what works for you and what holds you back, when you find out how you stack up-and where you want to go next. Whether your next race is a 5K or an ultramarathon, the Compete Training Journal will transform your approach to competing and make sure that race day brings out the best in you. New racers will get a fast-track road map to racing success while experienced competitors will deepen all aspects of their mental game for even better performances. Drawing from their two decades of professional racing experience, runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas will guide you to: * Set goals you can achieve. * Map out the steps to achieve your goals. * Log your workouts. * Keep it real-and avoid harmful obsession with outcomes. * Make racing an expression of your training. * Set smart race strategies. * Relax! And train with intention. * Emphasize the process instead of the goals. * Avoid comparing yourself to others. * Get in the zone the week before your race. * Own your strengths-and root out your weaknesses. * Build up the mental case to enable success. * Keep it fun. * Reflect on your season and consider the next challenge. Racing should make you sweat in a good way. With Compete Training Journal, you'll look at competition in a new way and find new reward from the running you love. Includes space for goal setting, workout log space for two seasons of racing (spring/fall), race plans and reviews, a race calendar, pace charts for 200m to 26.2 mi.

Runner's World Training Diary (Spiral bound, 2nd ed.): "Runner's World" Runner's World Training Diary (Spiral bound, 2nd ed.)
"Runner's World"; Introduction by Joe Henderson
R350 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R66 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
What I Talk about When I Talk about Running - A Memoir (Paperback): Haruki Murakami What I Talk about When I Talk about Running - A Memoir (Paperback)
Haruki Murakami 1
R207 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R56 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Anything For a T-Shirt - Fred Lebow and the New York City Marathon, the World's Greatest Footrace (Paperback, New): Ron... Anything For a T-Shirt - Fred Lebow and the New York City Marathon, the World's Greatest Footrace (Paperback, New)
Ron Rubin
R478 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Fred Lebow was a dreamer, the kind of dreamer who pursued his dream and made it a reality. And the world is still reaping the rewards." So begins this uplifting chronicle of a humbly born Holocaust survivor who parlayed natural marketing smarts--and a vision--into a major position in recent American sports. He started the New York City Marathon, an event that transformed footracing from an elite, austere sport into a wildly applauded, attainable pursuit. Forging a path across the city's five boroughs, the Marathon covers a daunting 26.2-mile course. Ron Rubin's fascinating book tells how Lebow popularized the race. With a stroke of marketing wizardry he turned it into the world's largest block party: a gritty mix of urban theater and kindly entrepreneurship. It honored the spirit of the moment, imbued competition with joy, and celebrated play. In so doing, it put winning within the realm of every man and woman became a race for all runners. Lebow mainstreamed the notion of marathoning into popular culture; some half million Americans now run marathons. Finally, the book describes how Lebow scored his greatest personal victory by racing in the marathon he had created even after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Science of Running - Analyze Your Technique, Prevent Injury, Revolutionize Your Training (Paperback): Chris Napier Science of Running - Analyze Your Technique, Prevent Injury, Revolutionize Your Training (Paperback)
Chris Napier
R539 R440 Discovery Miles 4 400 Save R99 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Joy of Running - For Those Who Love to Run (Hardcover): Paul Owen The Joy of Running - For Those Who Love to Run (Hardcover)
Paul Owen 1
R278 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R76 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This miscellany, filled to the brim with facts, quotes, and more, is perfect for anyone who can appreciate just how wonderful running truly is

""Every day is a good day when you run." --Kevin Nelson"

This pocket-sized miscellany, packed with fascinating facts, handy hints, and captivating stories and quotes from the world of running, is perfect for anyone who knows the incomparable joy and freedom of lacing up your trainers and hitting the road.

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