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Runner's World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training: Winning Strategies, Inpiring Stories, and the Ultimate Training Tools Paperback – June 5, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609616847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609616847
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bart Yasso is the author of My Life on the Run and chief running officer at Runner’s World. He lives in Bethlehem, PA.

Amby Burfoot, Runner’s World’s editor at large and winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon, has run more than 100,000 lifetime miles (and counting). He lives in Emmaus, PA.

Jen Van Allen manages the Runner’s World Challenge program and regularly contributes to the magazine. She lives in Bryn Mawr, PA.


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Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book for every runner.
M. Hughes
That said, this book gives a lot of documented information from reliable sources, excellent tips, and it's all easy to understand.
T. M. Childress
I keep this book on my nightstand I refer to it often.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Michael Eade on June 20, 2012
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Having run now for over a year I'm starting to train for my first marathon. I've had a Runners World magazine subscription since I started running, and felt that this book would be perfect for helping me focus on training for a marathon. It is called the Big book of marathon and half-marathon training, after all.

But in truth, I found this book to be more about running in general. What I was hoping for were specific training methods, maybe comparisons between them. What worked well, what didn't. Instead it all felt somewhat generalized to me. It's a good book and it explains a lot of running terms. But specific training programs? Appendix D has beginner, intermediate, and expert training plans for the marathon and half marathon. The marathon plans do not include any cross training, which I find odd. The half marathon plans include cross training or running.

There's a lot of personal stories in this book as well, but I don't personally find those to be that useful. For an introduction to running, yes, it can be motivational. But how about telling me what you actually did to train for that marathon, rather than "I worked out in the mornings so that work wouldn't get in the way"?

I'm giving the book three stars. It's a good, thorough book on running, and if it had been labelled as a running handbook I'd give it a higher rating. But I bought this for a specific purpose and I don't feel it focuses enough to warrant a higher rating.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2012
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First off, I enjoyed the book. Good solid information about training in general. For example, the book clearly articulated hard/easy principles, defining what type of training may be classified as "hard" (speed, tempo, long run, etc.), vs. easy (easy 6 - 12 mile runs where you can hold a conversation while running). The book also delves into many details regarding shoes, running gear, etc. Intermixed are runner's stories (which are "boxed off" so you can easily skip over them if you wish to "cut through the chase") derived primarily from these author's encounters of runners who have enrolled in the "Runners World Challenge" in prior years. Many of these are inspiring and helpful, even for an advanced runner, insofar that they remind us that everyone who runs is a winner, and that there are other ways of defining success besides scoring a trophy or PR.

With that said, this book will probably disappoint competitive runners looking for advanced plans that strike a balance between the hard-core running literature for elite athletes and literature written for those with primarily recreational pursuits. In other words, it may be a little conservative for those who recognize that they will probably never score a placing trophy in their age category but nonetheless wish to push themselves to limit of their ability to find out just what they are made of. A particular disappointment in this regard were the training plans, which were few (as noted by a prior reviewer), and generally pretty conservative, save the long run mileage.

In the next edition I would like to see more training plans with more specific guidance on hill training, and making use of the treadmill when hills are lacking (an area in the literature that is lacking, incidentally).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ben on August 15, 2012
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If you subscribe to runners world magazine there is no need to buy this book. The points made in this book are just a summary of what is in the magazine.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zachary B. Taylor on June 12, 2012
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The book appears to be the "best of" many articles from the Runners World Magazine put together in book form, but it is a good resource for running, related fitness, injuries, injury prevention, nutrition etc.
Even has some great Training plans, which alone, make the purchase price worth it. Lots of good information in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michele on October 31, 2013
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When I first saw this book at the book store, I overlooked it because of it's silly name. However, last year the author, Jen Van Allen came and spoke for my running club, and I was sold. There is a lot of information in here that a seasoned runner may already know, but a lot that was also new to me. I loved the "recovery" training plans, for those coming off an injury, as I was earlier this year. I also like the variety of training plans. I just used the Half Marathon training plan and PR'd by over 6 minutes. I am now getting ready to follow one of the Marathon plans. I also like that the training plans offer some variety in training runs. This is a great book for any endurance runner's library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Williams on September 21, 2012
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This doesn't read like a unified book, more like a collection of magazine articles, and it certainly doesn't get you started quickly, but it is full of inspiring stories and does keep me motivated to keep running and working toward a marathon goal. I'd say its worth buying, especially for first time marathon training.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Childress on June 20, 2012
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I've only been running for little over a year, and I wish I had had this book from the start! I wouldn't have learned most of my stuff the hard way. That said, this book gives a lot of documented information from reliable sources, excellent tips, and it's all easy to understand. The hardest part, I think, especially for someone new, is believing it--especially the parts about the importance of recovery days--when everything else in the world says "practice makes perfect," advocating doing more, not less. But this book explains exactly what takes place in the muscles: microtears, and the soreness one feels in the rebuilding process. Lots of good stuff here!
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