Advanced Marathoning Paperback – December 19, 2008
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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
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.
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Paperback : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0736074600
- ISBN-13 : 978-0736074605
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 0.62 x 10 inches
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Publisher : Human Kinetics, Inc.; Second Edition (December 19, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #310,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 was falling well short of my BQ time (my PR was 4:11, my BQ time was 3:30), so I decided to make a serious effort, and after reading some discussions online about which plan was best, decided that this book was geared most closely toward my goal and "style." I think the statement that convinced me was something along the lines of "Higdon is geared toward getting you across the finish line, this book is geared toward a PR or BQ" or words to that effect.
This book has a great overview of what goes into preparing for a marathon...fueling and hydrating, physiology, etc, but nothing you won't find in a running blog or magazine, or literally every book with a marathon training plan. The author is easy to read, but there's nothing groundbreaking here. It's not a flaw, just the standard tips and insights that every training plan leads with.
Once you get into the plans, however, is where this book shines. The schedules will push you, they will wear you out, and there will be times when you're so sick and tired of running you'll want to toss it out.
But if you stick with it, have some discipline and force yourself to stay on the plan on days you just don't have it in you, you will make amazing improvements in your runs, at every distance.
I jumped in about 15 weeks out from my race, so I skipped almost the first month of my 18 week plan. The combination of jumping in, other distractions (I had 4 Century rides scheduled during the training which made the long runs difficult...I wound up skipping more than I was comfortable with), and ramping up my mileage too much and too fast had me on the edge of injury for the last 5-6 weeks, but every week I was stronger, and faster.
I wound up having some issues leading up to race day, but the results showed. I ran a 3:28:34, which was a 43 minute PR, and should be enough for a BQ (knock on wood). I have another full scheduled in 6 weeks, so I'm currently starting the plan for multiple marathons...I'll post up my results when that's done.
I can't say this is the "Best" plan...it's the only one I've used...but it worked for me. It was hard, it took a lot of work on my end, but it certainly led me to where I wanted to be. I'd recommend it to anyone struggling to improve their time for a BQ or personal satisfaction.
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The book also goes in to the background and reason for each type of workout and highlights the pace and heart rate you should be aiming for.
Also has some decent chapters on strength training, diet, health etc.
Edit: Got a 13 minute PB with this plan on a horrible wet and windy day in Dublin in 2015. Negative split too with the second half a couple of minuites quicker, I felt I had a bit more in the tank too. I will be using this plan again
UPDATE: I've been now following this plan and that of the other book for nearly 3 years now, I've continued to PB at every distance despite turning 40 and hope to go sub 16 for the 5K soon, but more impressively I no longer get sidelined by injury when I follow the plans diligently, this has kept my training consistent. I realise now the importance of recovery this book has incorporated into it's plans and will enable me to run healthily well into the future as I age.