9 Recommended Books for Runners to Learn and Improve

To learn and improve you should read books and apply the obtained knowledge. They cover topics such as running, diet, technique, training plans and Kenyan secrets. Not just for runners.

The best way to learn about running is to read books and if you apply the knowledge obtained you will improve.

If you would you like to become faster, have a proper technique, create your own training plans, understand how heart rate based training works, know what you should eat, unravel the secrets of the Kenyans or just want to have a good time reading the story of a great athlete, pick up one of the books listed below.

I have read all of them and can recommend them to any runner — but you will enjoy the majority of them even if you don’t run. While the main topic is the same — running — it is written about it from a different perspective in each book.

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The Karvonen Formula to Calculate Heart Rate Zones

Step by step guide to calculate your heart rate zones using the Karvonen formula. There is an example included – and a calculator.

The Karvonen formula is one of the bests that can be used to define your heart rate zones and anaerobic threshold. It is based on the heart rate reserve, so it takes into account both your resting heart rate and maximum heart rate. Therefore it gives a much better result than the formulas that use only the maximum heart rate.

Calculating your heart rate zones using the Karvonen formula is very easy and it takes only a few minutes. I will show you what steps you have to follow and at the end there is an example included, too.

To use this formula you need to know your resting and maximum heart rates.

After the calculation you will have your heart rate zones and anaerobic threshold that you can apply to your training — the exact meaning and application of the zones and threshold varies with every training plan.

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