- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Marathon Paperback – 14 Nov 2011
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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived well before the estimated delivery date! Great book! Now I've just to blooming well run 26.2 miles!!!!Published 3 months ago by Julie
Good as an overview, don't buy if you want to use it is a training plan. I signed up to the myasics plans which is working for me and is totally free.Published 10 months ago by Chuckles
Wonderful book. Read it prior to my first marathon and got around safely and happily in 4:33 with it's 'novice' training schedule. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stephen Moffatt
One of many other excellent marathon books. I wouldn't rely on only one though.Published 16 months ago by Michael Treier
Took a while to get delivered but it's in excellent condition and a great book will be very usefulPublished 18 months ago by Clare
I love Hal Higdon. He's got me round one marathon, and I'm optimistic of doing two more this year based on this advice. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cherub
American and generally dull. But I think probably a must read in marathon training. the best advise - was that it is ok to walk.Published on 22 Nov. 2013 by Susan Benjamin
This book is both a complete guide to long distance running and an interesting read about a pro runner - enthralling.Published on 20 Jun. 2013 by Katherine