As I mentioned a few posts (and days) ago, Joe and I are once again hitting the trail, working on our fitness walks/runs. Yesterday, I was thinking about a very inspiring book that I read a few years ago, Slow Burn by Stu Mittleman and Katherine Callan, that I found invaluable when I first started to run, about 5 years ago.Stu Mittleman is a reknowned fitness expert and LONG- distance runner ( just one example- he once ran 571 MILES in 6 days! ) who has helped countless people to improve their health and to achieve their own personal fitness goals without the usual 'no pain, no gain' mindset.
Stu strongly advocates slowing down, and has built a fitness plan around the concept of running slowly, enjoying the pleasure of the experience, even noting and enjoying the scenery ( in the book he talks about seeing clearly and not watching the world rush blurrily by ) when running. And you know, it really, really works. By slowing down and taking a nice easy pace, the distance that I was able to run increased dramatically, I enjoyed the sessions so much more and my fitness improved steadily. I felt energized at the end of a run around the lake, not exhausted. This a must read for anyone starting out or wanting to take a fresh approach to running, fitness and health in general.
Joe and I have got some serious 'catch-up' to do but I know we will get there. And for added incentive and inspiration, I plan to re-read this excellent book, asap. Not only is it a guide to fitness and running; Stu Mittleman also takes us on his own personal journey, outlines his own diet choices and shares many stories of the clients he works with. A very interesting and informative read and not just for runners or wannabes. Tis the season to get fit….Slow Burn can help you get there.
PS As with all my book reviews, I forwarded a copy to the author, in this case Stu Mittleman. I was pleased to receive the following email from him, earlier today, in reply.
Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention…I truly enjoyed your comments, as well as those of the other readers who posted their thoughts.
Sometimes, I do feel that the concept of “Slow Burn” is less about “slowing-down”, and more about how to truly express and empower oneself in the physical world. To do so one must: Burn Fat (not sugar); Alkalize (not acidify); and Focus on the Process (rather than obsess about the outcome)…You are right, though, for most people that means “slowing down” first. The end result of the “Slow Burn” training program is increase productivity in a fat burning state – i.e.: Training one’s body to run faster without working harder…What a Concept!
Looking forward to speaking with you soon!
Until then, I remain…
Yours for the distance,