September 9th, 2020
The Science of the Marathon is a book about the art of variable pace running. We show you how to prevent injuries, overtraining, and find the joy of running. The Science of the Marathon and the Art of Variable Pace Running encourages you to rediscover running by gradually slowing down, running at your own pace, and learning to accelerate. It will take no longer than 30 – 40 minutes per session and 2 to 3 sessions per week. Integrating this type of training into your home or workplace is easy. Our training methods are equally applicable to other endurance sports like cycling, swimming, rowing, and cross-country skiing. We invite you to discover this new way of running as it is a realistic, minimalist-based training using your running mind-body feelings, sensations, and lifestyle.
The Science of the Marathon and the Art of Variable Pace Running is about Veronique Billat’s life studies and is the result of 30 years of research and practical experience. After reaching the limits of classical training for running (which is still taught in schools 30 years later), Dr. Billat decided to train in the distant hills and mountains, based upon using her sensations and abandoning the never-ending 15 sets of 200-m or four sets of 1000-m at race pace. Discovering success in her first road (Marvejols-Mende) and cross-country (Sierre-Zinal) races, she never looked back and has dedicated her life to this way of variable paced running and living.
The rewards of marathon running are that of a different kind, difficult to define, but none the less real. Running is a great way to get fit, feel better, and form new relationships. Not many things are so simple in life that with a pair of shoes, shorts, and the willingness to move a little or a lot, the satisfaction of running is unparalleled. The key to long term success without injury or overtraining is to train with quality and not quantity. This is why Dr. Billat adopted a minimalist training approach. And above all, she increased her power reserves, giving her a margin of security in very long-distance races. It is no longer necessary to train by running long distances to prepare specific types of running races. Performance is not just about a result, but rather a road to true happiness. The practice of marathon running is, above all, a serious endeavor for anyone 10 to 100 years old, that will let you dream immense possibilities.
Veronique Billat – “Varying the speed or pace, you run at is exactly the opposite of running at a constant pace or the same speed. It sounds easy enough, but most runners, whether at a club or school, are taught to run at a target pace and little else. Variation of speeds while running is not only natural, but it is healthier for you. For now, leave your watch on the table and let’s rediscover the real art of running!”
Véronique Billat decided to embark on a journey searching for the optimal training program for health and performance. At that time, she was a runner and international cross-country skier and trained in often counterproductive quantities. After completing a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology, she attained a high fitness level and struck a balance between her coaching and scientific activities. Her works (over 150 international publications and eight books) came from listening to her runners and paying attention to the fundamental problems. In addition to her university professor activities, she founded the www.BillaTraining.com company to self-finance her applied research by developing training algorithms for human and animal energetics. This research takes place in real life and extreme racing situations; it does not take place on treadmills, instead in marathon races and the high mountains. It’s about adapting new technologies to the needs of training and not using and analyzing them without understanding the stakes and possibilities for the improvement of human energy. Let us finally realize that human energy is the energy that increases the more we use it. It is the magical effect of running that tells us that we are alive and that we can start and progress at any age!
Johnathan Edwards is an accomplished collegiate runner, cyclist, and motocross racer. Following a brief professional motocross career, he went on to study at the University of California at Davis, majoring in Physiology. After completing his medical degree in Norfolk, Virginia, he completed a year of medicine abroad in France, changing his life as he knew it. He became fluent in French and its culture. Today he lives part-time in the South of France. He is involved with many French organizations such as the Dakar Rally, the Ag2R La Mondial professional cycling team, the Four Days of Dunkerque professional cycling race, and the Ronde Des Sables professional motorcycle race, in Dunkerque, France. Working closely with Dr. Billat, he has mastered the www.BillaTraining.com methods for running. Dr. Edwards and Dr. Billat met because of a simple email written in French. She was intrigued that an American would write in French, and they started corresponding about sports training and nutrition. After a meeting in Paris, he enrolled in her Ph.D. program at the University of Paris. Later, she asked if he would collaborate in writing a book about running in English, and the result is The Science of the Marathon and the Art of Variable Pace Running.
The Science of the Marathon and the Art of Variable Pace Running
The Science of the Marathon is a book about the art of variable pace running. Varying the speed or pace you run at is exactly the opposite of running at a constant pace or the same speed. This book shows you how to train for a marathon or any distance, using variable pace strategies. More importantly, it will help prevent injuries, overtraining, and to rediscover the joy of running.
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The Science of the Marathon and the Art of Variable Pace Running encourages you to rediscover running by gradually slowing down, running at your own pace, and learning to accelerate. Purchase The Science of the Marathon here or on Amazon.com or wherever books are sold. More information can be found at www.BillaTraining.com.
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