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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030745
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A less-is-more, quality-over-quantity philosophy.” — Triathlete magazine
 
“Maybe this year’s the year you focus your energies on the marathon. And if you do, Smart Marathon Training is the book for you.” — LAVA magazine
 
“I recommend Smart Marathon Training for those who also like to bike and want to have a more focused training program for developing speed, not just distance.” — Run Oregon
 
“[Smart Marathon Training is] one of the most comprehensive perspectives on training smarter, not harder, for marathons and half-marathons.” — Personal Fitness Professional
 
Smart Marathon Training is a great primer for anyone looking to move beyond the 10K…A great reference for any runner’s library.” — MidWest Multisport Life
 
“Jeff Horowitz shows that the marathon is a journey of the body and soul, and he's got 100 marathons’ worth of great stories to prove it.” — Grete Waitz, on Horowitz’s first book My First 100 Marathons
 

From the Back Cover

Train better, run smarter.

Old-school marathon training plans ask runners to crank out 70 to 100 miles a week. Upside: Plenty of miles. Downside: You're running ragged by race day. WithSmart Marathon Training, you can train for your best performance in a marathon or half marathon with fewer miles, in much less time. And you will avoid the injuries that come from running too much.

Smart Marathon Trainingmaps out a healthy, economical approach to training, emphasizing quality over quantity. By eliminating junk miles, this innovative program pares down training to three essential runs per week and then adds a dynamic strength and cross-training program to build overall fitness. You'll sidestep burnout and overtraining while increasing strength, power, and resistance to injury.

With more than 75 detailed exercises, plus six easy-to-follow training plans for half- and full marathons,Smart Marathon Trainingwill get you to the start line feeling fresh and ready for your best race.

Features 6 marathon and half-marathon training plans

Customer Reviews

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I am about to start training for a fall marathon, and I'm excited to follow one of this book's plans.
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The book really helps empower you to take ownership of your training plan.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. McCullough on March 29, 2012
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I don't think I have read every book about marathon training but sometimes it seems like I have. Here we have an experienced marathon coach's approach.

The basics are all covered here. There is less "atta boy - go get 'em!" than most books about marathon training and more specific advice geared toward more experienced marathoners.

Quite a bit of emphasis is given to core training and to the concept of doing one or two less runs per week (to be replaced by cross training), while improving the quality of the remaining work outs. There is even a brief section about ultramarathon and triathlon training.

The reason I bought this book was to try to become more inspired to actually do my core work out routine. The detailed section on core work outs and strength training is solid. The training plans near the end of the book seem to be well conceived.

The one thing I resent is that I bought this book based on the great reviews on Amazon.com and later read a comment on one of the reviews that pointed out that there are eight short, glowing reviews all posted on the same day by five (or six?) unique reviewers - each of whom has reviewed only this book. Upon rereading these reviews they seem like they were (possibly) all written by the same person, or maybe a group of friends. One reviewer got a marathon PR and another had all their injuries disappear - just three weeks after the book was released - really? So basically I bought the book based on somebody's fake reviews! Whose? - the author? The author's friends and family? The publisher? Who knows. Maybe there really were eight unique reviewers who all posted short five star reviews on the same day but never got around to reviewing any other books - it's hard to say.

Anyway - *Smart Marathon Training,* although it isn't my favorite book in the genre, has its merits and is a decent resource geared more toward more experienced marathoners.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JBro on May 15, 2012
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This book provides a lot of information and what seems like a reasonable plan for someone who is truly an intermediate runner. I have run two half-marathons prior to ordering this book and was interested in using the training method/plans in this book for my third.

Up until now I have been a Couch to 5k-er (c25k) and Galloway walk/runner. I completed both of my half marathons using the walk/run method combined with the mileage plans from Hal Higdon's novice half marathon training plans. Bottom line there... all I have ever done is long/slow runs. I have never been a part of a track team nor have any formal experience with drills, hill repeats, speed work, or tempo runs. So, this book is a good introduction to all of that. However, the training plans in the book start with an "intermediate" level of running experience...which I clearly don't have after reviewing the plans.

The intermediate half marathon plan gives a 7 week schedule leading up to the half marathon. The mileage starts with an 8-mile Long Run and 7-mile Tempo Run in week 1! Although I just finished a half marathon last week, I am certainly not at the level to jump right into a 7 mile "TEMPO" run... which is a long hard sustained fast paced effort. My first problem is that I am used to walk/running rather than steady running only. My second problem is that in order to get to a place that I can run a 7 mile Tempo run.. I need a plan... and this is where the book doesn't help me. There is no plan for how to get from a base level of running fitness - to the first week of the intermediate plan. I wish I could find a Horowitz training plan for that gap - because the methods and schedule for his training plan seems ideal for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela W. on August 16, 2014
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CORRECTION TO TYPO IN THE TRAINING PLANS IN THE 1ST EDITION: Please note the following correction to Speed Workout #14 on pages 177, 179, and 181. I emailed the author Jeff Horowitz and he responded promptly and kindly that I had indeed discovered a typo. The speed workout as originally written would be 18.25 miles, which would be excessive for any speed workout, much less one in taper. It is supposed to be about 10 miles total. For speed workout #14, do 1-mile warm-up, the intervals below, and 1-mile cool-down:

14. 4 x 800m
with 400m recoveries
(10K race pace)
Repeat 3 times

My full review: This book is excellent for the intermediate to advanced runner (or triathlete) who enjoys running three days a week and cross-training on the bike another two days a week, plus strength training and drills mixed in with those workouts twice a week. I chose the intermediate marathon training plan, which had me putting in 8-10 hours a week. I enjoyed substituting some 50-60 mile bike rides for long runs -- the plan called for 3 20-mile runs plus a few long bike rides. I also appreciated the emphasis on strength training, including photographs and descriptions of how to perform the exercises (note that I supplemented these with the book Quick Strength for Runners: 8 Weeks to a Better Runner's Body, also by Jeff Horowitz). This plan was challenging in that it had me running 27-34 miles per week, packed into 3 runs. It takes a lot of planning to be able to do 8-10 mile runs during the week, along with 20-30 mile bike rides. Although there are varying plans for varying levels of runners, the plans are certainly a serious time commitment for a serious athlete. I've never felt stronger as a runner (I've been running for 3 years and my next race will be my fourth full marathon).
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More About the Author

Jeff Horowitz ran his first marathon in 1987, and fell in love with the sport.
Since then, he's run over 160 marathons and ultramarathons, doing at least one in every state in the U.S. and also around the world, from Antarctica (yes, Antactica!) to Africa and Asia.
Formerly a practicing attorney, he now works as a program director for Achieve Kids Tri, Inc. a D.C.-based 501c3 non-profit that introduces at-risk, disadvantaged kids ages 9-14 to a healthy lifestyle through the sport of triathlon.
Jeff is also a certifed personal trainer and running, cycling, and triathlon coach (AFAA, USAT, USATF, USA Cycling, and RRCA certified). He has been the Mid-Atlantic editor of Competitor magazine, and a frequent contributer to Marathon & Beyond as well as other publications.
Jeff is married to the artist Stephanie Kay, with whom he has a son, Alex Michael.

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