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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; 4th edition (14 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609612248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609612245
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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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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The guide is very readable and informative giving comprehensive instruction on all aspects of marathon training. It gives excellent explanations, in layman terms, for physical problems a marathon runner may experience and helps one avoid them. With the books guidance I knocked nearly half an hour off my personal best time. Highly reccomended.
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Higdon has impeccable credentials, having run over 100 marathons, and he writes with authority. There is plenty of good general advice in this book and much of it is introduced using anecdotes from Higdon's long and varied career as a runner.
This is useful as a motivational aid, and for the help it gives with basic physical and mental preparation for your first marathon. The stories and general philosophising about running make for interesting reading. But it doesn't provide the detailed information or training schedules that a more experienced runner might want.
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I bought this book to help me train for my first Marathon and it was invaluable. I only had four months to train, which is not ideal and is not recommended by this book. Higdon's writing style is very easy to read, entertaining and conversational. He draws on many years of running experience and I found myself referring to this book time and time again. The training schedules are clearly explained and he covers all aspects of training from preparation to injury prevention to recovery. Using this book, I ran the 2001 London Marathon in just under 4 hours. Thanks Hal!
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I am training for my first marathon and purchased Hal Higdon's "Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide" to use as a reference. I was disappointed. There are wise tips buried among all the stories, but without the details I was hoping for. There is a whole chapter on the funny things non-runners say. The chapter described as 'Before running a marathon, first learn to run' talks not about running form, but how to get into a training program (use Hal's), get out the door, what time of day to run, going to a doctor before you start, etc. All kind of interesting but not really the details I had hoped for.

In conclusion, this book is a nice read, with lots of anecdotes and makes you feel you are entering an exclusive 'runners club'. However, if you are a details-oriented person and want a reference book on training for marathons/half-marathons in your bookshelf, you might want to shop around a bit.
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Now in its second edition this book written by one of Americas top coaches and writers on athletics is full of detailed information principally designed for runners who have run a marathon and want to improve their times by the use of specific training.

Many runners believe that the more training and mileage you cover for the race then the better you will perform but its not how many miles a week you run its what you do with that mileage.

Running a quality 50mpw is a lot better race terms than running 70mpw especially if you train at a slightly higher intensity during those shorter strength training runs.

Remember you are trying to run that 26.2miles at a slightly faster pace than you have become accustomed to during training.

Intoducing Fartlek,tempo ,and speed sessions on the track will eventually reap rewards.

Train like a 10k runner ie speed but increase your longer runs to include faster paced intervals so when it comes to race day your proposed Marathon pace will feel steady and controlled.

Look at the top race winners at big city marathons,they excell at all distances from 5k right up to the marathon because the majority of their high mileage is done at a significantly faster pace to allow running 26.2miles at under 5minute mileing to remain relaxed.

Look how relaxed Martin Lel,Paul Tergat and the other front runners appear,mainly because their marathon pace is significantly slower than their pace for shorter distances.

Many runners run mile after mile in training at the same pace and find that their times hardly change from race to race.

Hal Higdons excellent advice throughout this superb book if followed carefully will reap rewards.
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I started reading this book long before my 4th Classic Marathon, with the aim to adjust the training accordingly and beat my last year's time.
I read most of it up to the final planning, but left out the post-marathon chapter; what a big mistake! There was a lot more helpful advice in dealing with demanding courses and environmental conditions in the last chapter than the rest of the book. So read it all before you event start planning your training and recovery.
Now, as a book, his writing style might take sometime to rub on you, as he crosses between factual data and storytelling too often, but he's got all the key messages in and some typical training plans. Definitely worth reading; not sure the best read though.
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Approaching 50, overweight, and inspired (by reading Born to Run) that I could still contemplate a marathon (without embarrassing myself), I bought this book hoping it would provide me with the method/tools to complete my first marathon. Myself, wife and son used the 'novice' training schedule (for first time runners) to train for 18 weeks and complete our first (Edinburgh) Marathon in May. The max you run is 18-20 miles 3 weeks prior to the race and you are definately nervous about where you are going to find those extra 6-8 miles from on the day, particularily during the 'magic taper' period where you are advised to severely cut back on your training ........ but it worked (the support from fellow runners and crowd carry you along as Hal said it would)!

My son broke 4 hours and my wife and I finished (not in great times) but 4000 out of 12000 starters didn't finish at all. We set out as a family to complete it and it was very emotional for all of us to finish. We followed all of his advice including the sort of small details that are littered throughout the book (e.g. wear a cap when its hot, walk for 20 minutes after the marathon and get a massage the day after) all sound advice. One small point, the book is a bit light on nutrional advice which I think is extremely important (e.g. take a protein shake within one hour of completing any run > 13 miles was great for recovery). Anyway we raised a glass to Hal Higdon whose advise was sound and we have all already signed up for a 2nd marathon having enjoyed the first experience so much with a view to post a better time.
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