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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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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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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.
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).Read more ›
Even has some great Training plans, which alone, make the purchase price worth it. Lots of good information in it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book very helpful in my journey to become a better runner.Published 18 days ago by pamela palmer
An excellent, non-patronizing book on how to train for your first marathon. Well written content and detailed information mean this book is both a good reference source and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew
Excellent book if you're planning on running your first marathon. Very objective and would recommend it to everybody getting started in this sport.Published 2 months ago by Leandro Cantera
Good information and explanations. Helped me rethink some of my own habits.Published 6 months ago by Tammy Anderson