4 Weeks to Your Fastest Leg Speed In Any Sport

By Pete Magill


Celebrated running coach Pete Magill reveals his 4-week training plan to make any athlete into a faster runner.

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In SpeedRunner, celebrated running coach Pete Magill reveals his 4-week training plan to make any athlete a faster runner—no matter the sport, age, gender, experience, or goals.

In every sport that includes running, the difference between the best and the rest is tenths of a second. In most team sports like football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and in distance running and triathlon—simple leg speed makes champions. By targeting the neuromuscular system and strengthening muscle and connective tissue, Magill’s SpeedRunner program builds speed, strength, agility, coordination, balance, proprioception, and explosive power so athletes can excel.

Magill developed his SpeedRunner program over decades of experience coaching athletes of all ages from short sprints to the marathon. He’s led his club to two dozen USATF National Masters Championships in road running and cross country. As a 5-time USA Masters Cross Country Runner of the Year and multiple American and world age-group record holder himself, Magill is proof that his training methods are effective.

Over the four weeks of the SpeedRunner program, you’ll focus on faster acceleration, top-end speed, strength, agility, and speed endurance. Magill also offers speed-only training and supplemental sessions to further hone your top-end speed, core musculature, and whole-body strength. The SpeedRunner plans balance training volume and intensity with recovery to ensure rapid, injury-free gains.

Bottom line: The ability to run well is a fundamental skill required for success in any sport that includes running. SpeedRunner can transform your running performance.

Read an excerpt! See selections from SpeedRunner here.

SpeedRunner: 4 Weeks to Your Fastest Leg Speed In Any Sport
Pete Magill
Paperback. Full-color interior with photographs and figures throughout.
7.5″ x 9.8125″, 288 pp., $24.95, 9781937715786

SpeedRunner: 4 Weeks to Your Fastest Leg Speed In Any Sport

Pete Magill

Paperback Full-color interior with photographs and figures throughout.

Shipping Dimensions: 7.5in x 9.8125in x .625in 288pp $24.95, Inventory 9781937715786, Shipping 1.6875lbs

1 This Is SpeedRunner

2 Speed: Human Locomotion

3 Speed: Acceleration

4 Speed: Maximum Velocity

5 Strength

6 Agility, Balance, and Proprioception

7 Energy Systems and Speed Endurance Training

8 Recovery and Supercompensation

9 SpeedRunner Workouts

10 SpeedRunner Schedules

Appendix A: Metrics Test

Appendix B: Props, No-Prop Options, and Prop Swaps


Selected Bibliography

About the Contributors


About the Author

Preview book.

Praise for SpeedRunner

“SpeedRunner is fundamentally about wisely (and safely) training your nervous system to rapidly communicate with your connective tissue and muscles; and for none of it to break down as your body responds. It’s both a generalist how-to and an incredibly specific training manual at the same time. Proper speed training not only does the obvious for our ability to move our legs faster, but it also staves off injury and helps improve our ability to get the job done over much longer hauls.” — Canadian Running

Praise for Pete Magill

“When Pete Magill talks, smart runners listen.” —Scott Douglas, Runner’s World senior content editor, author or co-author of 8 running books, including Meb for Mortals and Advanced Marathoning

“Whether you’re just starting out as a runner or starting afresh, you can do no better than heed the guidance of running’s ultimate comeback kid, Pete Magill.” —Matt Fitzgerald, author of How Bad Do You Want It? and Racing Weight

“Do what Pete says and you’re sure to run stronger, healthier, and faster.” —Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon winner, Runner’s World editor at large

Build Your Running Body represents something new and needed in sports literature. This is the ‘right stuff’ for runners who want to get faster, enjoy running more, and stay injury-free for a lifetime.” —Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of both the New York City and Boston marathons

“[Build Your Running Body is] an informative, friendly guide that all runners can grow with and will likely return to over time.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Build Your Running Body is nothing short of the Unified Theory of Running…This book covers it all.” —Ken Stone, founder and editor of MastersTrack.com

“With practical advice and sound knowledge, Magill expertly and humorously inspires all fitness levels to step up their running game.”—Library Journal

“This road map to enjoying a healthy life is highly recommended for anyone serious about beginning and sticking to a running program.” —Publishers Weekly

“Magill outlines smart training, effective exercises and excuse-busting motivation for new runners of any age who need to hit reset or jump-start their fitness.” —Competitor magazine

“Pete Magill must have found the fountain of youth. I coach college students, and he consistently outruns half my team! He must know something the rest of us don’t!”—Steve Scott, Head Track Coach at Cal State San Marcos, 3-time Olympian, former American record-holder in the mile

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