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The Marathon Method: The 16-Week Training Program that Prepares You to Finish a Full or Half Marathon in Your Best Time Paperback – April 1, 2007
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First, the positive. I did it! I ran my fifth marathon last week using this method, but it was my first in 14 years and my first since kids. There was no way I could do the traditional 6 day a week training, so I was willing to give this a try. I had never done any kind of core or strength training at all, and I'm now completely sold that it is a key piece of marathon training. In the old days my back would often be the sorest part of my body after a long run, but no more, and the arm strength exercises gave me a big boost on hills. Running only 4 days a week also kept running a lot of fun, and I was always excited to get out there and go - definitely not the case when following a 6 day a week schedule.
The negatives of this book: first, the training charts in the back for all but the advanced plan show 1 core weekout a week, on
Friday, but the text description of the training says there are 3 (Tues, Thurs and Fri). I had been following the chart only and didn't notice this until a few weeks before my race, so I probably didn't do enough core exercises, which gave me something to worry about during the taper.
Second, the periodization is very different in a 4 day a week program. Normally you increase the long run milage one week and decrease the next (like 12, 9, 14, 10, 16, 11), so the build up is gradual. In this program, you increase the long run 3-4 weeks in a row (like 12, 16, 18, 20, 10).Read more ›
To make a long story short, using only this book as a training guide, 12 weeks after buying shoes and taking up running, I ran the Long Beach Marathon last Sunday in 3:59:12, beating my friend by 6 minutes. My time would have been even better if I'd not ignored one of Tom's marathon "commandments" about staying hydrated (I didn't like energy drink provided at the race). Bottom line is, Tom Holland's training marathon training methods, in my opinion, have you running just enough miles to properly prepare you for the race while still keeping running pleasurable!! I enjoyed and looked forward to all my training runs and definitely got benefits from the strength training in between runs. Additionally, the other race preparation advice (mental strategies, diet, supplements, equipment, etc.) were extremely helpful. I highly reccomend this book.
My endurance has been increasing and this fall went looking for another marathon plan in order to break 2:45. I felt like I would need to run around 70-80 miles during my peak in order to reach my goal. After much research I decided to stick with this book adding mileage to the days without increasing the number of days running. I will be sticking to the 4 day running plan with core workouts in between.
I have been doing more research on the 4 day a week running. I noticed that even the running plans on runners world have started to move to running less days during the week. Also, there are many articles coming out on this subject.
About the book itself. I found it to be a good read. He gives advice for the newbie marathon runner and information that the veteran runner could brush up on. He gives three different training plans for the novice, intermediate, and advance runner. Also including the training for a half marathon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Phenomenal book. I hate reading but I fell in love with reading this because it instills humor and hope, two things gravely lacking in this day and age. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeremy Hervey
Well written, informative. Good packaging and fast delivery. ThanksPublished 3 months ago by F. Denry
Very informative. Marathon from A to Z.
I will re-read it during my marathon training.
I got this book b/c a friend of mine talked me into the thing I thought I would never do- a 1/2 marathon. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Stephanie Hull
Excellent book with constructive feedback on how to progress through your training. It's for beginners to advance runners. Read morePublished on July 4, 2014 by Fortunato Salaz
This is a good book for runners. I would put others before this (Noakes, Galloway or Gordon et al) but if you have these and want running books -add it to the shelf. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Stephen Pellerine
I bought this for my husband's boss. I trust and admire Tom Holland. You will never go wrong when you follow his advice .Published on November 13, 2013 by Linda Wolf