"How to Race the Mile: Learning Effective Tactics from Great Runners and Races" is a labor of love that has been two years in the making. To me, the 1500m/mile is the most fascinating distance in track & field. That's because it is where ultimate fitness has to mesh with savvy racing skills in order to create a champion.
While there are seemingly millions of books out there on training to be a better runner, this is the first that I know of that goes in depth on the strategy and tactics that go on after the starting gun goes off. In addition to the observations that I have made based on my 30+ years as a writer specializing in running, track & field, and the Olympics, I have also interviewed a wide range of America's and the world's best runners.
From Steve Scott, who has run more four-minute miles (136) than anyone else on earth, to high school phenomenon Grant Fisher, who is threatening to break the barrier for the first time... From Filbert Bayi, who shocked the world with his front-running 1500m world record back in 1974, to Jenny Simpson, the planet's current No. 1 female miler... and many more.
In addition to words of wisdom from so many great runners, the book will also highlight over 60 key races in the history of the event that demonstrate the effectiveness of various tactics. In many cases, the runners themselves discuss what they might have done differently were they given a do-over.
This book will be the essential textbook for any competitive runner interested in running smarter in the big race. However, it will also be a blast for fans and armchair coaches alike, as it is filled with "war stories" from some of the best middle distance runners ever.
Note that this is a low price-tag project. That's because this labor of love for me is nearly done. It will be around 300 pages long. Within the next two weeks, the first draft will be completed, along with initial layout. Then my army of proofreaders goes to work.
What do I need help with? This is a self-published book. As you can see from the video, I am artistically challenged. I am looking to raise enough money to take care of the various production costs--mainly the cost of getting the layout and cover professionally designed.
Please check out the line-up of rewards--especially if you are a supporter of your local running scene, this is a way to boost the project and also get a nice package that will help out your local team!
Risks and challenges
Possible setbacks after funding? Since the project is nearly done, I don't anticipate many. A meteorite could strike my house, killing me and the project in one fell swoop. Probably unlikely.
I don't expect my job to interfere, since finishing this book is my job right now. However, if I run into problems with my artist and have to replace him, that could cause a delay of a month or so. (By the way, I have three potential artists lined up, and the first choice has already agreed to take on the project, pending payment).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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