Running for Women, a book for both recreational and competitive runners, explains the physiology and anatomy of female runners and how women should train differently from men. It presents guidelines for tailoring training to the menstrual cycle for maximum response and adaptation as well as determining the best times to perform various types of training. Throughout the book, cutting-edge workouts target various competitive goals like endurance building, speed and strength training, lactate threshold training, and VO2max training.
This book also contains recommendations for modifying workouts and training programs for all stages of the life span, including pregnancy, menopause, and post-menopause. Common injuries are covered, particularly the increased incidence of knee injuries and stress fractures among female runners, as are health, wellness, performance nutrition, and the female athlete triad—a combination of disordered eating, menstrual irregularities, and osteoporosis.
“Using meticulous research, Karp and Smith have created a practical and intriguing masterpiece for female runners of all ages and abilities. Highly recommended!”
– Lorraine Moller, Boston Marathon Winner, Olympic Marathon medalist, Co-founder of the Lydiard Foundation, and author of On the Wings of Mercury
“In Running for Women, Dr. Karp and Dr. Martin provide women and their coaches a clear path to success and enjoyment in training and racing.”
– Joe Compagni, Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach, Monmouth University
“In Running for Women, Carolyn Smith and Jason Karp combine scientific research with realistic guidelines that all women can follow to combat the effects of aging.”
– Meghan Arbogast, Four-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, team USA leader at the World 100K Championships, and 100K World-Record Holder for 50+ age group
Jason Karp, PhD
Dr. Jason Karp is a nationally-recognized running coach and award-winning personal trainer, speaker, writer, and exercise physiologist. He owns RunCoachJason.com, a state-of-the-science running coaching company dedicated to helping runners meet their potential and is founder and coach of REVO2LT Running Team™. He writes for international running, coaching, and fitness magazines and scientific journals and is the author of four books. Dr. Karp has taught USA Track & Field’s highest level coaching certification and is a frequent presenter at national coaching and fitness conferences in addition to hosting his own clinics.