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Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons Paperback – September 27, 2011
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- Susan L. Patton, Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville
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“Will get any runner across the finish line of a marathon. I highly recommend it,“ said Olympic-marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter.
“There’s plenty of sound training advice here for runners of all levels,“ said Ken Sparks, PhD, who achieved a marathon personal record of 2:28 at age 46.
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Top Customer Reviews
One of things that I love about the book is that Hal's writing style is very conversational. His advice is simple, practical, and to-the-point - no flowery language included!Read more ›
EDIT: As the author of the book notes in the comments to my review, my review is of the 1999 edition. I haven't seen any of the subsequent editions and can't speak to them.
The fourth edition is a return to simplicity. Marathon is still a comprehensive guide to how to train for and run a marathon, suitable for newbies and experienced runners alike, but now it is more succinct. The basic information is there, the schedules, my favorite part, are there, but the writing is tighter and there are fewer anecdotes. A couple of new chapters have been added to take into account changes in the running world, such as the increased popularity of the half marathon. Yes, there are schedules for the half, and advice on how to approach this type of race.
Reading Higdon's guide again, I realized I had forgotten how thorough he is. I have a library of marathon/running books now, some much longer and more technical, but this basic reference covers pretty much all the bases. It isn't too complicated and so doesn't scare off the new runner, but isn't too simplistic for the experienced runner. I am still running marathons, and still using Higdon's schedules to get ready, with some modification based on my experience now. When some friend comes to me asking how to train for the marathon, I'll offer him this book and find myself having to buy a replacement copy again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this to train for my first half marathon. I ended up training for the relay but this was perfect for long and short distance training.Published 4 days ago by kklove72
This book is a great read if you are training for a marathon. It is motivating and full of great advice. I highly recommend!Published 7 days ago by Klisty McNaughton
Great information helped me a lot to train for my very first marathon also a great reference guide the training plans are the bestPublished 15 days ago by JOSEPH KRACH
Used to run my first trail triathlon. Gave me all the tools i needed to finishPublished 19 days ago by Jeremy West
This book it more than worth the price. I am a new runner mid way through this training program and it is gold! The training schedules are simple and straight forward. Read morePublished 1 month ago by WiseGuy81
I'm surprised this book has such a high overall rating. It tells you nothing about how to train or what to eat, and as other reviewers have stated, the useful information can be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andres
Would have preferred more detailed information on how to train rather then people's personal experiences or thoughts.Published 2 months ago by Linda Benigno
Love this author's style of writing. Also filled with great training material.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer