The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel


RUN will teach runners how to listen to their bodies so they can train in the most personalized and adaptable way and begin to realize their full potential.


In his book RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel, best-selling author Matt Fitzgerald explores the run-by-feel practices of elite runners and draws on new research to explain why their techniques can be effective for all runners. RUN will teach runners how to listen to their bodies so they can train in the most personalized and adaptable way and begin to realize their full potential.

Most serious runners don’t realize their potential because they are unable to run by feel. Traditional training has taught them to rely on formulas and gadgets instead of listening to their bodies. They simply stop getting faster and don’t understand why. The best elite runners have learned that the key to faster running is to hear what their bodies are telling them.

Fitzgerald’s mind-body method is a thought-provoking approach to training and will revolutionize how runners think about their workouts, their limits, and their potential. RUN explains how to interpret emotional and physical messages like confidence, enjoyment, fatigue, suffering, and aches and pains. RUN guides readers toward the optimal balance of intensity and enjoyment, volume and recovery, repetition and variation. As the miles add up, runners will become increasingly confident that they are doing the right workouts on the right days, from one season to the next.

RUN marks the start of a better way to train. The culmination of science and personal experience, the mind-body method of running by feel will lead runners to faster, more enjoyable training and racing.

RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel
Matt Fitzgerald
Paperback with illustrations throughout.
6″ x 9″, 264 pp., $18.95, 9781934030578

Run: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel

Shipping Dimensions: 6.08in x 9.10in x 0.73in pp $18.95, Inventory 9781934030578, Shipping 0.97lbs

Introduction: Running by Feel

Part I: Learning to Listen
1 Physical Confidence
2 Run Happy
3 Finding a Magic Formula

Part II: Mastering the Practice of Mind-Body Running
4 Comfort Zones
5 Trying Harder
6 Winging It
7 How Records Are Broken

Part III: The Finer Points of the Mind-Body Method
8 Run Beautifully
9 The Gift of Injury
10 Anger, Fear, and Speed
11 Muscle Talk

Epilogue: Taking the Next Step
Appendix: Workouts
About the Author

Preview book.

“In his latest book, Matt Fitzgerald successfully explains the mind-body method of running. While this concept can be difficult to understand, Fitzgerald describes it in a way that will speak to beginners and elite runners alike. Anyone trying to improve and realize their true running potential should read RUN.” – Kara Goucher, 2008 Olympian and World Championship medalist

“The elements and philosophy laid out in RUN were fundamental and played an essential role in my overall success throughout my career as a self-coached athlete. The ability to run by feel is a learned skill and without the capacity to self assess and adjust your training intuitively, you will inevitably fall short of your potential.” – Alan Culpepper, 2000 & 2004 U.S. Olympian, sub 4-minute miler, sub 2:10 marathoner

“ASICS was onto something when it chose its new name, a Latin abbreviation for ‘a sound mind in a sound body.’ This philosophy is the key to unlocking all the potential we hold. From my first race in junior high gym class to competing in the 2008 Olympic Marathon, I have found that the stronger my mind and spirit are, the further I am able to push myself. Any runner interested in maximizing potential must study the mind-body connection or their journey will not be complete.” – Ryan Hall, 2008 Olympian and two-time American record holder

“The coach knows what to do, the scientist tells us why. Fitzgerald’s RUN artfully and responsibly blends scientifically grounded supportive research and convincing anecdotal evidence into a message that those of us who take running seriously must heed. Now the U.S. can learn the true secrets of the great African runners: That voice in your head that says, ‘Too much, too little, too hard, too easy’, despite what the device on your wrist says, is probably right!” – Bobby McGee, elite running coach and author of Magical Running and Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes

RUN is full of information that will help all runners start training by feel. Once you learn to trust your instincts in training, your injuries will decrease and your personal records will fall.” – Amy Yoder Begley, 2008 Olympian and four-time U.S. national champion

“As a long-time proponent of effort-based training, I highly recommend RUN. The reader will learn the most important concept in all of training—how to connect effort with pace. Using the techniques and ideas in this book, runners can expect more consistent training and racing results without the worry of external feedback from devices like GPS and heart rate monitors. I use effort-based training with the beginning runners, middle of the packers, and Olympians I coach and recommend all runners learn this valuable technique.” – Greg McMillan, M.S., online coach

“After years of searching science journals for secret workouts and fitness techniques, Matt Fitzgerald has decided that the brain is the ultimate training tool. In this insightful and evidence-based book, he challenges us to achieve our potential by enjoying every run and race, even as we accept the pain.” – Amby Burfoot, Editor at Large, Runner’s World; 1968 Boston Marathon winner

“Hey, maybe that voice in your head isn’t you going bonkers from too much training. Maybe it’s your brain trying to tell you something. Whether you’re a newbie or a master runner, if you want to improve your running, learn more about yourself and your body, and possibly maximize your running potential, I highly recommend you pick up a copy and read Run.” – Runner Dude’s Blog

“If you’re looking to get to your peak performance weight or explore the mind-body connection of running, writer Matt Fitzgerald has some advice for you. Through his numerous books published by VeloPress, Fitzgerald, an expert in endurance training and nutrition, explores a wide range of topics and cutting-edge developments from the world of running and endurance sports.” –

“Run doesn’t aspire to convert the masses, yet Fitzgerald skillfully urges everyone to hear his philosophy and put a little thought into the way we approach training. Those runners who do find merit in Fitzgerald’s approach will be rewarded with simplicity and peace of mind.” – Liberty Sports magazine

“What does it all mean when you are feeling great or not so good or somewhere in between? RUN takes us back to the commonsense approach of listening to our bodies and using its signals to adapt our training.” -IMPACT magazine

“Commit the time to RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel, and you will be handsomely rewarded with a new way of approaching and thinking about your running, training, and racing.” – The RUNiverse

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