Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons

Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons

by Hal Higdon

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Overview

Especially in tough economic times, running offers an affordable and positive way to relieve stress and gain a sense of accomplishment. Marathons and—more than ever—half-marathons are the ultimate achievement for runners and have experienced an unprecedented boom in the last several years.

New hunger for reliable information on marathon and half-marathon training, as well as new technologies that have revolutionized ordinary people's ability to train intelligently, means the time is right for a new edition of longtime Runner's World contributor Hal Higdon's classic guide to taking the guesswork out of preparing for a marathon, whether it's a reader's first or fiftieth.

Since its original publication in 1993, Higdon's definitive manual has sold over a quarter of a million copies through all channels. The book is such a consistent seller for many reasons, but above and beyond all the others is this one: It works. At the core of the book remains Higdon's clear and essential information on training, injury prevention, and nutrition. With more than 25 percent new material, this fourth edition of a running classic will be a must-own for both longtime runners and those new to the sport.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609612245
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 103,252
Product dimensions: 8.94(w) x 6.04(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

HAL HIGDON has contributed to Runner's World longer than any other writer and is the author of 34 books. He ran eight times in the United States Olympic Trials and won four World Masters Championships. He is one of the founders of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).

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Marathon 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and while there may be information that a new runner might find useful, by and large I didn't really pick anything up I had not see elsewhere. I think Higdon is geared more to the mainstream runner and not as much the high end competitive runner. If you are just starting out and are looking for basic information, this would be helpful. If you have some running under your' belt already and your' looking for detailed plans and more in depth information I would recommend Daniels or Pfitz instead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was just the help I needed to help me run my first marathon. It was extremely helpful from the start of my training all the way to the finish line. I have to credit my hard training and Hal Higdon for helping me beat my goal time by 20 minutes. His down to earth advice for all levels of runners as well as his sense of humor make it required reading for anyone wanting to run a marathon!!!
Ultratwins More than 1 year ago
This was a great review of how to rain and what to expect in a marathon. If you are considering marathon running this is a must read!
cameronl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good introduction to marathon training. The plans themselves, and others like them ,are readily available online, but the book provides a lot of supporting information on all aspects of training for and running a marathon. A lot of valuable advice for this novice.
jfetting on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my marathon-training Bible. Hal's training plans are great, and I swear by the Intermediate 2 plan. If you are honest with yourself, and follow the training plan that is right for you (and really follow it, not just sorta follow it), you will finish your marathon happy with your time. Most importantly, you won't get injured.
StephenBarkley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Higdon's the man. He's run 111 marathons, including seven in seven months to celebrate his seventieth birthday! In addition to this near superhuman record, he's set up a online training program that's helped thousands of others to run their own marathons. When Hal writes, you're reading a running authority.This book is as comprehensive a guide you could hope for. Everything from getting off the couch to what to do after you cross the finish line is covered in detail. Frequent inset boxes share information he's gleaned over the years from his website.The book was a little too long. He could have said what he did in 250 pages with some tighter editing. That said, his slow-going conversational style is part of the charm.Having just finished my first half-marathon (1:37:37) and preparing for a full next fall, I was glued to every page. This Ultimate Training Guide is a motivational gem.
FireandIce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you want to run a marathon, this truly is the ultimate training guide. Higdon will give you the tools to get to the starting line and to go the distance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I will be using his training programs to train for my first marathon.
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Hal Higdon is a master at this sport and training for it. I use it for myself and by it for any friend that is running.
1873 More than 1 year ago
If you run Marathons regularly or are in training for your first Marathon, then this book is a must read. Hal Higdon is the authority when it comes to Marathon running!!! I also found this book to be a page turner and hard to put down as well!!!! It's a great read!!!!
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runbrendarun More than 1 year ago
Love Hal and his books!