- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (December 19, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736074600
- ISBN-13: 978-0736074605
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 152 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
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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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Look at the title - and you can see who it is for. If you are starting out there are better options, see above. I am so glad to have found this gem of a book after 20 years of running and had I discovered this earlier would have snapped it up. It is a no brainer - if you are serious about running, and want to read more, buy it.
I especially enjoyed the runner profiles as the book looks at several individuals and their training regime. It also touches on weight/strength training which is nice for those of us whom like to spend time in the gym, sensibly so as a runner.
I'm looking forward to following the plan in this book again. I do want to mention that the training is not easy. I'm not necessarily a very fast runner, so I really had to put in the work. I also needed to make sure I got enough sleep and that I was eating right. I did get a cold twice during the 18-week plan, probablyl from pushing myself a little too hard, but thankfully I did not miss too many days and was able to peak on race day. 18 weeks gives a nice cushion in case you do get sick during training.
One training tip: I liked thinking about my MP or fast finish long runs in 4 mile increments using 6:45 pace: 6:45, 13:30, 20:15, 27:00. After 4 miles I would reset my watch and try to hit those splits again. On race day, my first mile was 6:45 on the button followed by a 6:41 and then two more at 6:44 and 6:45 respectively. My body really knew that pace, and it provided just a little cushion on 3-hour 6:52 pace.
The programs are a bit "aggressive", (even the "easiest" one) but it is a marathon so I'd build up to a reasonable starting point before tackling a marathon anyway.
The strategy and plans make pure sense. I'm in week 1 of 18 and already feeling it.