- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (December 19, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736074600
- ISBN-13: 978-0736074605
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"For anyone serious about running, Advanced Marathoning offers the latest information for optimizing performance. If you are preparing for a marathon, I highly recommend this book."
2014 Boston Marathon Champion
2009 ING New York City Marathon Champion
2004 Olympic Marathon Silver Medalist
"After retiring from competition as an elite middle-distance runner, I decided to try marathons. All of my training has been based on what I learned in Advanced Marathoning, and I haven't been disappointed. Read this book, stick to the program, follow their advice, and I guarantee that you will be ready to run a great marathon."
1992 U.S. Olympic track and field team member (1,500 meters)
Ranked fourth in the world in 1995 and fifth in 1994
About the Author
Pete Pfitzinger ran in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic marathons, both times finishing as the top American. With a personal best of 2:11:43, Pfitzinger is a two-time winner of the San Francisco Marathon and placed third in the 1987 New York City Marathon. He was ranked the top American marathoner in 1984 by Track & Field News, and he is a member of the Road Runners Club of America's Hall of Fame. Currently the chief executive of the New Zealand Academy of Sport in Auckland, he has written all or parts of two other books on running and was a senior writer for Running Times from 1997 to 2007, in which his popular column, "The Pfitzinger Lab Report," appeared.
Scott Douglas is a freelance writer and editor with more than 15 years of professional journalism experience related to running. A former editor of Running Times, he is a regular contributor to Runner's World and Running Times and has coauthored four books on running, including two with running legend Bill Rodgers.
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I wish I had read this book 10 years ago when I first started running. I ran the Los Angeles Marathon 2017 in 3:31:17. For my age to qualify for the Boston Marathon I need to be under 3 hours 10 minutes. After following Pfitzingers plan for 24 weeks (which can only be found in the 1st edition, I own both) I brought my qualifying time down 24 minutes 42 seconds to 3:06:35 Boston Qualifying time at the 2017 California International Marathon. The book works. Follow the plan. Do the drills. Do the stretches. Do the core workouts. Do the strength training. Eat right. Sleep enough. Drink water. After four years of trying, and hovering in the 3 hours 25 minute range, I finally qualified for the Boston Marathon. I cannot thank the authors enough for providing a road map of success. Thank you.
By the way I also read Fitzgerald's 80/20 Running, and Hansons Marathon Method. They all pretty much say the same thing. I like how Pfitzingers plans were created because of the specific types of workouts and how those workouts were sequenced.
Despite this being one of the worst running winters in recent time here in the north, I stuck with this program from January to May, ending up within ten miles of the 18/55 program's total and with almost all the workouts done as described. The taper in this program still keeps a pretty high intensity - Pfitzinger instructs us to keep the intensity constant and only cut back the miles - and with my nervous energy and enthusiasm about trying to finally get my BQ I actually ramped *up* the intensity a little bit during the last two weeks, which backfired - I got sick the night before my goal race and bonked hard at mile 14 trying to push through anyway. So, back to the drawing board, I signed up for a marathon five weeks later and followed this book's "Multiple Marathoning" program for six weeks between races, being careful not to repeat my mistake.
Happy to say, I ran a 3:08:26 and got my time. Even more to the point, I ran an almost perfectly even race - first half 1:33:40 and second half 1:34:46 for a 1:06 difference. The best I've ever done before was a 2:30 difference, and like Pfitzinger promises, this was the first time I've spent the last 10K of a marathon continually passing people.
Pfitzinger's programs are intense, and he tries to keep us on the right side of a fine line of working as hard as we can without crashing; I dabbled a little too close to the line but was able to use his program to regroup. I expect to train for Boston using his 18-week 55-70 mile program.
I stumbled upon this book because of the other reviews, and thought I would echo the high ratings of this book. I'm now halfway through a 22 week program I put together from this book. The programs are actually 12 or 18 weeks, but I used the recovery section and the guidance presented in the book to ramp-up my mileage a little between my last marathon and my next one.
The book and the included plans are not for the faint of heart. The 'easiest' plan maxes at 55 miles per week. I'm on the 55-70 mile plan and it's tough! There are 70-85 mile plans and even a section on 100+ mile weeks and multi-marathoning in shorter periods of time that are thought to be sane.
The first part of the book provides a great overview of the concepts and guidelines that forms the basis of the plans. I've read a lot of articles and books on running, but there were some great new lessons learned and understanding I got from the first part of this book.
The second part are the plans. Even though you'll latch onto the one that best serves your needs, I found it very educational to go through each of them and see how they differed in their construction. It's not just the same plan with different mileages per day. The workouts and weeks are structured differently too.
The plan has me right on that razor edge of fatigue almost all the time. I feel I can go into my workouts strong, but you can definitely feel a little residue from the previous days. And just when you feel like you need a recovery run or day off, it's right there.
Results wise, I'm getting faster. I always felt that if you want to run distance faster, then you have to practice running distance fast. And the book shows you how to do that without over-taxing your system and burning out. I've also realized the importance of running my recovery workouts easier so I'm ready for the next quality workout. It makes every day interesting to have a theme or point to the workout - but I still enjoy the runs too - and that's kind of what it's about!
Great book - definitely differentiated from the bulk of what's out there.