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It changed my (running) life,
This review is from: Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Runs-A-Week Training Program (Paperback)
Currently in training for my first marathon, this book changed the way I think about what I'm doing. For the hobby runner in my situation it recommends running just three times a week - a series of fast repeats, a tempo run of about 5-7 miles and a distance run, with extra cross-training. The benefits are held to be to increase running fitness but without the wear and tear on joints that running five or more times a week will cause.
The book has a series of tables that you use to determine what marathon time is a reasonable target based on your existing ability to run shorter distances, and then you use that time in other tables to get precise target speeds to run your training runs in. (It's less complicated than I've made it sound.)
I've read many running books but this (and anything by Tim Noakes) would be top of my list for aspirant marathon runners. It's a tiny investment of time and money compared to the effort and cost of training for and running in the big event.