From Library Journal
Though the running boom appears to have peaked and even tapered off somewhat, the marathon is still the ultimate running experience for many runners. Higdon's book, although well written, offers very little in the way of new information on training for or running the marathon. Previously published works such as Joe Henderson's Complete Marathoner (Anderson World, 1978), Andy Friedberg's How To Run Your First Marathon (S. & S., 1987), and Ricard Benyo's Making the Marathon Your Event (Random, 1992) offer very similar advice. However, Higdon's anecdotal style provides entertaining reading and may inspire aspiring marathoners. The author provides details of many of his personal marathon experiences as well as those of other top American marathoners such as Bill Rodgers, Don Kardang, and Dick Buerkle. This book will appeal to general readers seriously considering training for their first marathon. For large sports collections.- Susan L. Patton, Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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"Will get any runner across the finish line of a marathon. I highly recommend it," said Olympic-marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter.
"There's plenty of sound training advice here for runners of all levels," said Ken Sparks, PhD, who achieved a marathon personal record of 2:28 at age 46.
"According to Runner’s World magazine, a first-time marathoner should train at least five days a week, posting weekly mileage of up to 42 miles. Hal Higdon, an 82-year-old fitness guru-he finished fifth in the 1964 Boston Marathon – says it’s all about finding the right program. Twenty years ago, he designed one for his son, Kevin, an accountant at Peat Marwick International (now KPMG) who wanted to train ‘while working for a demanding firm.’ Higdon’s corporate-worker-friendly program became a best-selling book, Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide. It’s still used by many professionals, including Illinois Bank of America President Tim Maloney, who Higdon says followed the program while training for this year’s race in Chicago. The guide schedules every mile, right down to the walking breaks, without much wiggle room. ‘I’ve had people ask, ‘Can I do 5 miles in the morning and 5 during lunch?’ Higdon says. ‘My response is always, ‘well sure, if you can find a marathon that lets you run 13 miles in the morning and 13 in the afternoon.’" – BUSINESSWEEK