Smart Running

The ultimate guide to becoming a fitter, stronger, more confident runner

Author: Jen and Sim Benson

Paperback publication date: 18 Apr 2024

Paperback ISBN: 9781839810473

Available to pre-order now

Pre-order for the chance to win two Endurancelife race entries and an Ultimate Direction Ultra Vest*

Have you ever wondered about the secret to becoming a better runner? Has your training plateaued and you don’t know why? Do you keep getting injured or are you struggling to get back into running after some time out? Have you done a few shorter races but want to progress up to a marathon? Smart Running by Jen and Sim Benson will cut through the jargon and answer all your running questions, helping you to become a fitter, faster and stronger runner.

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*Everyone who pre-orders a copy of Smart Running from the Adventure Books website before the publication date of 18 April 2024 will be automatically entered into a draw to win two individual race entries to an Endurancelife event of their choosing, and an Ultimate Direction Ultra Vest worth £125. The Endurancelife race entries must be claimed by 31 December 2024. The winner will be selected at random on 18 April 2024 and contacted by email with details about how to redeem the race entries. 

Have you ever wondered about the secret to becoming a better runner? Has your training plateaued and you don’t know why? Do you keep getting injured or are you struggling to get back into running after some time out? Have you done a few shorter races but want to progress up to a marathon? Smart Running by Jen and Sim Benson will cut through the jargon and answer all your running questions, helping you to become a fitter, faster and stronger runner.

Jen and Sim delve into the science of physiology, psychology, training and nutrition before carefully and clearly explaining how to build yourself a bespoke and customisable training plan – one that moulds around your life and will help you smash your running goals. Thorough workout descriptions are included, so you’ll be confident in your training and get the results you’re after.

The science behind recovery, hydration, and strength and conditioning work is explained, along with how to choose the best and most sustainable kit for your adventures. Tips for race-day nerves, psychological skills to help your running, how to prevent and deal with injuries, running in the heat and cold, and finding the best routes are all covered, along with specific considerations for female and older runners.

Jen and Sim Benson are lifelong runners and outdoor adventure experts. They have written for Runner’s World, Trail Running, Women’s Running, Trail, Country Walking and TGO and Walk magazines, as well as the national press, covering a wide range of topics including training and injury, kit, route-finding, photography and family adventures. Their books include Short Runs in Beautiful Places, Wild Running and The Adventurer’s Guide to Britain. They work with Komoot, the National Trust, Forestry England and Ordnance Survey, helping to inspire runners to explore Britain’s beautiful trails and balance conservation with recreation in wild places. Jen is a UESCA-certified running coach and has a BSc in Podiatry and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine, both specialising in distance running. She’s worked extensively with runners from beginners to elite in both clinical and research settings and is currently a PhD researcher exploring experiences of becoming and being a runner. Jen has a deep understanding of the pressures facing those fitting running around a busy life – she has run through two pregnancies and currently fits running around self-employment and co-parenting two children. Sim has an environmental science degree and a long history of running. He is a UKA qualified running coach and an expert in navigation, route creation and kit. Sim has a passion for outdoor adventure photography and promoting sustainability within outdoor recreation. As a busy dad of two, he understands the juggle of balancing training with parenting and a full-time job. Between them, they have completed over 100 marathons and ultramarathons, as well as Ironman Triathlons, adventure races, mountain marathons and multi-day fastpacking adventures. For Jen and Sim, running is all about exploring both beautiful places and their mental and physical limits.

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